Zoo optimistic as Nzoia and Nakumatt FC steal march in NSL

Nicholas Meja (left) of Nakumatt FC contests for ball with Benjamin Chaka of KCB FC ...
Nicholas Meja (left) of Nakumatt FC contests for ball with Benjamin Chaka of KCB FC during their National Super League (NSL) match at the Safaricom Kasarani Stadium on May 08, 2016. Nakumatt FC won the match 1-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

With unbeaten Nzoia United and Nakumatt FC running away with the two automatic promotion places in the National Super League (NSL) fourth placed Zoo Kericho have not given up hopes of featuring in the top flight next season.

Two-time former top division champions, Nzoia enjoy a six-point cushion at the top over Nakumatt after 21 rounds on 51 with third placed Vihiga United and Zoo who are on 39 being cut further adrift in the race to play in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) next season.

Having kept the leaders close in the opening leg, the well supported Zoo have ran out of steam in the final half of the season, drawing the previous three matches before last weekend’s 1-0 dispiriting loss to KCB who were demoted from the KPL last season.

“The League is still far from over and scoring is the challenge and we are working on that before it’s late.

“You know football is always like that, on Sunday we played very well but our opponents got one chance and they utilized it. After all our dominance we lost,” Zoo team manager, Lazarus Yogo said.

They next face 14th placed Modern Coast Rangers (21) in a fortnight with the competition taking a break this weekend for the GOTv Shield round of 16 clashes.

Nakumatt recorded the most resounding result of the round, whipping Kenya Police 5-1 at Nairobi’s Ruaraka Stadium on Sunday.

Skipper Peter Nzuki opened the floodgates in the fourth minute before former Sofapaka left back, John Njoroge made it 2-0 before half time. Nzuki and Njoroge notched their braces as Cornelius Juma added another in the second half with Emmanuel Kipchanga netting the consolation for the cops.

Leaders Nzoia fried Bidco United 1-0 while Vihiga downed St. Joseph’s FC 2-0 courtesy of an Amos Kigadi double in the 39th and 85th minutes to leapfrog Zoo to third on goal difference.

Nairobi Stima and former champions, Oserian shared a pulsating 2-2 draw.

Bottom placed Shabana FC lost 2-1 to Wazito FC at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium and remain three points off safety having caught up with their rivals for the drop, Ligi Ndogo (11) and Talanta (13) in matches played.

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