Vihiga fire six ‘bullets’ into Gusii FC

Friday, August 27th, 2021 00:00 |
Geoffrey Ooro of Vihiga Bullets (Left) vies for the ball against Victor Ashinga of FC Talanta during a past Betika National Super League contest staged at Ruaraka Grounds. Photo/PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

Vihiga Bullets got back to their groove in emphatic style with a 6-0 demolition of visiting Gusii FC yesterday at Bukhungu Stadium in what could prove pivotal in the race to Premiership qualification, where there is only a single automatic slot remain.

A brace apiece by Jack Oketch and Kevin Sadide plus two other goals by Vincent Otieno and Geoffrey Airo was sufficient to push Edward Manoah’s men on provisional fourth with 55 points following Kisumu All-Stars loss to Kenya Police in another crucial fixture.

Bullets had fumbled in their previous two fixtures against Kisumu All-Stars and Kenya Police which saw them drop five points and it was time to make amends in which they did with the National Super League entering the business end of things.

Oketch had two goals inside 20 minutes which rattled the visitors with their season still three games adrift.

Coach Edward Manoah attributed Vihiga’s sleek performance to their urge to earn a direct promotion to top flight football next season.

The first half ended 3-0 in favor of the host and Manoah believes that they could have even scored more goals.

“We were nervous in the opening stages but ultimately we took our moments.

It was important especially after the first goal to calm our nerves thereby having very good conversion rates from our chances and for that I am pleased.

After this, I do not expect any distractions but total focus because the job is not yet done,” said the former Chemelil Sugar FC tactician as his team eyes at least a playoff slot.

Meanwhile it was not far from Vihiga County where contenders Kisumu All-Stars lost at home in Moi Stadium 2-0 to Kenya Police who are now provisional second on the log with 58 points.

Two late goals by Kelvin Bryce Mwaura in the first half ruined the moment for the previously solid All-Stars. Bryce scored in the 42nd and 45th minutes.

Otenga as they are popularly known have dropped to fifth albeit with the same 55 points.

All-Stars now will be praying that their immediate rivals on Sunday lose their matches with Police slated to face Mwatate United at Ruaraka Grounds while Bullets travel to Nairobi to face sixth placed Kibera Black Stars with All-Stars hosting 12th placed Mully Children’s Family on the same day as their qualification arithmetic get ruined.

In another match,Mt. Kenya United officially are safe from the chop following a 1-0 win away at APS Bomet.

Captain Eric Mata was the man with the golden touch in the 66th minute in what was a fairly balanced contest.

James Nandwa’s charges are now inside the top 10 teams with 46 points in what has been a stellar second leg of the season with two matches left for them. 

Elsewhere at Awendo Green Stadium,hosts Migori Youth were blunt in attack ending up in a goalless result with visiting Muranga Seal who are stuck on 10th with 44 points.

The border team on the other hand are still in threat of relegation with two matches left as they sit on 16th place with 39 points.

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