Sharks hold on to NSL lead, Nzoia FC keep pace

Nakumatt FC head coach, Giovanni Jian reacts during their GOtv Shield quarter-finals match against Sony ...
Nakumatt FC head coach, Giovanni Jian reacts during their GOtv Shield quarter-finals match against Sony Sugar FC at the Nyayo National stadium in Nairobi Kenya on November 14, 2015. Nakumatt FC won 3-1 on post match penalties. Photo/Stafford Ondego/

Kariobangi Sharks held on to their early National Super League (NSL) lead beating home side edging Police FC 2-1 as visiting Nzoia United kept the pressure by downing Agro Chemicals 1-0 to leave both teams with maximum points following Wednesday’s fixtures.

Sharks arrested Police despite playing without midfielder, Patillah Omoto and striker Ovila Ochieng who were on Harambee Stars duty in their 1-0 loss away to Guinea Bissau.

Elsewhere KCB who dropped from the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) chalked a first win of the season when they edged Modern Coast Rangers 3-2 in Nairobi and Moyas FC beat Bidco United by the solitary goal in  the other games that produced winners.

Vihiga United forced hosts Nakumatt FC to settle for a 1-1 draw after the visitors conceded a late equaliser, Palos FC forced demoted SPL team Nakuru All Stars to a barren draw and Nairobi’s Ligi Ndogo shared a 1-1 stalemate with former two-time top-flight champions, Oserian of Naivasha.

In Ruaraka, a dramatic clash between Vihiga and Nakumatt saw the visiting coach sent-off for dissent.

Nakumatt dominated through the first half but Vihiga keeper Geoffrey Oputi was in fine form to deny the retail giants an opener with the most telling moment of the opening period came in the 19th minute when a war of words erupted between Vihiga’s coach, Edward Manoah, was cautioned for complained about poor officiating.

Vihiga took the lead against the run of play when Joseph Okumu converted a through pass from Amos Kigadi before Christopher Wekesa spared Nakumatt’s blushes when he levelled in the 86th minute.

Things turned sour for Manoah, when he protested over a yellow card awarded to Mike Esabwa that brought the game almost to standstill soon after as matters threatened to turn physical before the coach was sent off when order was restored.

Football Kenya Federation Western National Executive Member, Tonny Kweya, who doubles as the chairman of the Referees’ Committee slammed the Vihiga coach terming the officiating professional.

Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga who was watching the side he sponsored announced plans were in the pipeline to form a junior team that would be a feeder to the NSL side that remains unbeaten thus far after opening the campaign with a 2-0 victory over KCB.

It was Nakumatt’s first point of the season after losing their first game 1-0 at Palos FC.

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