NSL Review: Top guns held as Police fail to abate slump


NSL Review: Top guns held as Police fail to abate slump
Shabana vs FC Talanta during their National Super League (NSL) clash at the Narok Stadium on Saturday, July 24 2021. (PHOTO/Dan Ogega)

In Summary

  • Ken Kenyatta’s charges were quickest out of the blocks thanks to Anthony Gichu’s effort in the 19th minute.
  • Fortune Sacco's Julius Kariuki has rued fatigue, an unplayable pitch, and jam-packed fixtures for their barren draw against relegation-threatened Soy United.

All National Super League (NSL) top guns save for Kibera Black Stars were held last weekend as the hunt for promotion berths intensified.

League leaders Football Club Talanta squandered the opportunity to extend their lead as they were held in a 1-1 draw by Shabana FC at the Narok Stadium on Saturday.

Ken Kenyatta’s charges were quickest out of the blocks thanks to Anthony Gichu’s effort in the 19th minute but Brian Michira’s equalizer for the hosts early in the second half meant nothing separated the two sides at the final whistle.

After seeing their impressive four-match winning run come to an end, Kenyatta urged his players to focus on winning their crunch tie against second-placed Fortune Sacco on Saturday.

“It is part of the game and now we must learn to forget about it quickly. I expect a better performance against Fortune Sacco who are on a very good run at the moment.”

Shabana assistant coach Kevin Momanyi also called for a prompt switch of attention to their clash against APS Bomet on Friday.

“Talanta is a top side and for us to stand a chance of defeating them we needed to minimize our mistakes and also learn to convert a majority of chances. I expect a better response from the boys in our next game against Bomet.”

Elsewhere Fortune Sacco Secretary Julius Kariuki has rued fatigue, an unplayable pitch, and jam-packed fixtures for their barren draw against relegation-threatened Soy United.

His side had the perfect opportunity to cut Talanta’s lead to a point but an uneventful outing against Soy meant they settled for the shared spoils.

“We played on Wednesday and also had to cover a long distance to play Soy. I understand the players were tired.”

He has termed their weekend clash against Talanta as an opportunity to go level on points with the league leaders.

“It will be a good game given the fact that it will involve the two best sides in the division. We are ready to take them on and we are positive we can come out of it on top,” he told Citizen Digital.

At the Ligi Ndogo grounds newly unveiled head coach Sir Bobby Ogolla’ Kenya Police failed to abate their recent slump after going down 1-0 to Kibera Black Stars. Shabana 1-1 FC Talanta

Coast Stima 0-0 Modern Coast Rangers

Nairobi Stima 1-2 Migori Youth

Murang’a Seal 1-0 Kisumu All-Stars

Soy United 0-0 Fortune Sacco

Silibwet 0-3 Vihiga Bullets

Kibera Black Stars 1-0 Kenya Police

Mwatate United 0-0 MCF

Mt. Kenya United 2-0 Gusii

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