City Stars rally to stun KCB in five-goal thriller


Peter Musiine (left) of Nairobi City Stars FC contests for ball with Rodgers Ochieng of ...
Peter Musiine (left) of Nairobi City Stars FC contests for ball with Rodgers Ochieng of Ushuru FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Stadium on November 4, 2016. The match ended in a barren draw. Photo/Oliver Ananda/www.sportpicha.com

In Summary

  • KCB FC squandered a two-goal lead and the chance to go second as Nairobi City Stars rallied to claim a stunning 3-2 win in Wednesday’s National Super League (NSL) clash at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds.
  • KCB had put themselves in a commanding position early on when they went 2-0 up thanks to goals from Berthuel Warambo and Kennedy Owino in the fourth and 30th minutes but simply went to sleep as they allowed City Stars to claw back and win it

KCB FC squandered a two-goal lead and the chance to go second as Nairobi City Stars rallied to claim a stunning 3-2 win in Wednesday’s National Super League (NSL) clash at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds.

KCB had put themselves in a commanding position early on when they went 2-0 up thanks to goals from Berthuel Warambo and Kennedy Owino in the fourth and 30th minutes but simply went to sleep as they allowed City Stars to claw back and win it.

Sande Katumba halved his side’s deficit five minutes to the break before the same player made it 2-2 following a horrendous goalkeeping howler from KCB’s custodian.

Substitute Peter Mwangi then completed the epic turnaround in the dying minutes when he turned home the winner at the keeper’s near post after being found unmarked in the box.

The result lifted City Stars two places into 10th on the 19-team NSL log with head coach John Ambuko rallying his team for another push toward top-flight promotion following their relegation in 2016.

“My aim is to guide the team to the top division and I believe this will only come with consistency and positivity in the upcoming assignments.

“We are working hard and the team spirit is high so we will continue to press on so that we attain our target at the end of the season,” Ambuko told Citizen Digital.

There were incidents where KCB reacted sharply to the referee’s decisions but Ambuko, who watched his side sustain late pressure from the hosts, maintained the official had done a solid job.

“I don’t really think there was any case of poor officiating for me. KCB should learn to respect the final decision by the referee. There were situations when those decisions went against us but at the end of the day he is human.”

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