Nzoia crush Vihiga to pull further ahead in NSL
Unbeaten leaders Nzoia United continued putting the daylight between them and their promotion rivals when they thumped their noisy neighbours Vihiga United 2-0 on Sunday at Sudi Stadium to stretch their tally at the top of the National Super League standings to 73 points.
For the second round in succession, their closest challengers, Nakumatt FC and Kariobangi Sharks who started the weekend in second and third dropped points with Zoo Kericho who edged Agrochemicals 1-0 the biggest beneficiaries.
Nzoia are now 15 ahead of Nakumatt (58) with Zoo (57) moving to third as Sharks (55) dropped a place to fourth.
At Sudi, Lawrence Juma Ochieng notched a brace in the 27th and 70th minutes of the game for the runaway leaders for a 2-0 hiding that left their beaten local rivals Vihiga (51) rooted in fifth and further dented their promotion hopes after cutting them further adrift of the leaders.
For the third game in a row, Nakumatt left the pitch with a share of the spoils after being held to a barren draw by 17th placed FC Talanta (26) as the chasing pack inched ever closer to erasing their advantage in the race to play in the Kenyan Premier League.
Zoo stretched their recent impressive form to five unbeaten with after downing tricky Agrochemicals (40) at their Kericho Green Stadium cauldron to move within a point off the stuttering retailers.
Team Manager Lazurus Yogo believes that their success has not come over a silver platter.
“The league is not over yet because we still have 11 matches remaining and your may tell what is likely to happen. We have had the same team and we only need to be determined.
“Even in our previous matches it’s not that we have not been playing well is only that sometimes luck was not on our side. This is now the real Zoo and as you see we haven’t lost in our last five,” Yogo Citizen Digital.
In Nakuru, bottom placed Shabana FC (12) registered their third win of the season by thrashing the hosts St. Joseph’s FC (22) who are two places above them on the log in 18th 4-1 in the biggest upset of the round.
A quick fire Joshua Migiro brace in the third and eighth minutes set Shabana on their way before Kenneth Omunyini pressed home the advantage with another double in the 23rd and 70th with fans of the fallen giants wondering where the team they saw on Sunday has been hiding all season.
St. Joseph’s got their consolation from Joseph Osinyem in a result that left Shabana eight points adrift of the team above them, Ligi Ndogo (20).
Oserian sunk visiting Bidco United 1-0 in Naivasha as Nakuru All Stars and Police FC shared a thrilling 2-2 draw.
15:00 St. Joseph’s FC 1 – 4 Shabana
15:00 Zoo Kericho 1 – 0 Agrochemicals
15:00 Nzoia United 2 – 0 Vihiga United
15:00 Kariobangi sharks 1-1 Wazito FC
15:00 FC Talanta 0 – 0 Nakumatt FC
15:00 Oserian 1 – 0 Bidco United
13:00 Nakuru Allstars 2 – 2 Police FC
15:00 Nairobi Stima 1 – 1 KCB
15:00 Palos 4 – 1 Moyas FC.
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