All Stars dim Black Stars to take early NSL charge
Promoted Kibera Black Stars had a rude introduction to the National Super League (NSL) when they were thumped 3-0 by Nakuru All Stars in the opening round of the second-tier competition over the weekend.
Struggling St. Joseph FC also picked off from where they left last season after being stuffed by the same score line at home to Palos FC.
Former Kenyan Premier League side All Stars who finished 17th (37 points) last season started their charge to return to the top tier in fine fashion by thrashing the new boys at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Saturday.
Japheth Makanji scored the first goal of the season converting a cross from Anthony Ng’ang’a in the 35th minute.
Ng’ang’a made it 2-0 in the 43rd from the spot after a Black Stars defender was penalised for handball before sealing his brace and the victory with a stunning strike just before halftime.
All Stars shot to the top of the early NSL standings with club boss Isaac Kones lauding the result.
“I hope we are going to maintain the same momentum because our main objective is to secure promotion at the end of the season.
“The club is stronger than last season since we have signed three players who are going to be instrumental to our team,” Kones told Citizen Digital.
Only six matches ran in the opening round with the clash between Modern Coast Rangers and demoted KPL side Nairobi City Stars failing to take off as scheduled on Sunday despite being on the roster.
Rangers Club Secretary, Ferdinand Ogot saying that Football Kenya Federation (FKF) called off the game due to ‘unavoidable circumstances.’
The full complement of the 2017 NSL will be known when a case filed by Muhoroni Youth FC and Sofapaka FC challenging their relegation at the Sports Disputes Tribunal will be heard and determined.
KCB FC and Vihiga United FC who failed to earn promotion to the 2017 KPL after finishing fifth and sixth in the NSL are waiting in the wings to take the places of Muhoroni and Sofapaka should the Tribunal rule against their appeal.
The KPL will start this weekend without two teams pending the same ruling.
Wazito FC 1-0 FC Talanta
Nairobi Stima 2-2 MOSCA FC
St. Joseph FC 0-3 Palos FC
Nakuru All Stars 3-0 Kibera Black Stars
Administration Police 3-1 Bidco United
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