Anami rescues Zoo, Vihiga relegated from KPL


FILE: Derrick Anami (L) of Zoo FC contest for aerial ball with Barker Lukoya of ...
FILE: Derrick Anami (L) of Zoo FC contest for aerial ball with Barker Lukoya of AFC Leopards SC during their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on April 14, 2018. The match ended 2-2. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Zoo FC dug deep to secure a 3-2 win over Kakamega Homeboyz and put their top flight  fate in their own hands heading into the final round of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season.
  • Derrick Anami scored belter to decide the scintillating contest with their victory confirming Vihiga United's relegation after two years in the KPL while Chemelil Sugar slid a place down to occupy the promotion playoff spot

Zoo FC dug deep to secure a 3-2 win over Kakamega Homeboyz and put their top flight  fate in their own hands heading into the final round of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season.

Derrick Anami scored belter to decide the scintillating contest with their victory confirming Vihiga United’s relegation after two years in the KPL while Chemelil Sugar slid a place down to occupy the promotion playoff spot.

Earlier, Vihiga United – who began the matchday holding a three-point deficit to Zoo – surrendered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to Western Stima FC and dampen their survival chances at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.

Youngstar Amos Kigadi had put Vihiga 1-0 up on the day eight minutes into the second half but the hosts allowed Stima back in it with Kennedy Otieno and Henry Onyango completing the rally in the final quarter-hour.

Vihiga United thus join Mount Kenya United, who were relegated a fortnight ago, in dropping to the second-tier National Super League (NSL) while one of Zoo, Stima or Posta Rangers will feature in the the promotion playoff.

Zoo have dropped only four of 15 points in their last five matches but a nervous start meant they fell a goal inside just three minutes when Maxwell Ravel powered home a shot on the turn to leave goalkeeper Martin Elungat stock-still.

Danson Chetambe gave the hosts a much-needed lifeline at the stroke of half-time when he sent Gabriel Andika the wrong way from the penalty spot after Kennedy Onyango was punished for handling the ball inside the area.

Anami headed Zoo in front six minutes after the restart following a fine delivery from Kelvin Oduor before the KPL top-scorer Allan Wanga restored parity with a well-taken free-kick to extend his tally for the season to 19 goals.

Anami then completed his brace in the 78th minute with a sweet strike before Homeboyz had their coach Nicholas Muyoti and Andika sent off the field for dissent and use of offensive language respectively.

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