Ushuru hands Stima second loss as Kangemi pick crucial points in survival race

Ushuru FC on Saturday 27 April dealt Nairobi Stima only their second loss of the season in the National Super League (NSL) as the race for promotion to the top flight continues to heat up.

On the opposite end of the log, bottom side Kangemi All Stars claimed only their fourth win of the season, pulling a shocker by winning 3-1 away to Fortune Sacco to keep their hopes of avoiding the drop alive.

Four point gap

At Camp Toyoyo, Stima suffered their second loss of the campaign as they went down 3-1 to Ushuru FC who opened a four point gap between them and Stima in the promotion race.

Ushuru currently occupies third place which is the final promotion slot with 59 points with Stima fourth on 55 points.

It is crowded at the top with just a point separating the top three teams.

League leaders Kisumu All Stars also claimed a massive win as they came from behind to beat Shabana FC 2-1 at the Gusii Stadium.

John Musyoka had Shabana in the lead at half time but second half goals from Moses Okumu and Shadrack Omondi swung the game in All Stars’ favour who now lead the standings with 60 points, tied with second place Wazito who claimed a win over Coast Stima on Friday.

Relegation zone

Shabana remain 10th with 40 points.

At the other end of the league table, bottom side Kangemi All Stars did their survival hopes a world of good after putting on a sublime showing to down hosts Fortune Sacco at the Thika Sub-county Stadium.

Sean Opwora gave Fortune the lead after just seven minutes but Salim Ali would ensure both teams went into the break level with a goal in the 35th minute.

Two more goals in the second half from Peter Okaro and Brian Kipruto sealed the win for All Stars who move to 16 points, 10 adrift of safety with nine games left to play.

The loss, which is Fortune’s 10th of the season, leaves them in 13th place with 33 points.

Elsewhere in Kakamega at the Bukhungu Stadium, Nairobi City Stars responded to their docked points against Kenya Police earlier in the weeek, by claim a 2-1 win over hosts Green Commandos that helps put distance between them and the relegation zone.

Sanneh

Mid-season signing Ebrimma Sanneh had City Stars in front in the 56th minute but his goal would be cancelled out 10 minutes later by Hiram Magambi.

Commandos would have a converted penalty denied after some players had encroached inside the area before the kick was taken. This missed opportunity to take the lead would comeback to haunt them as 12 minutes from time Kevin Okumu delivered the winner to leave Commandos deep in the relegation mire.

Below are all the confirmed results with the round scheduled to conclude on Sunday with one more game;

 Friday

  1. Wazito 4-2 Coast Stima (Camp Toyoyo)
  2. Administration Police 1-3 FC Talanta (Camp Toyoyo)

Saturday

  • Ushuru 3-1 Nairobi Stima (Camp Toyoyo)
  • Fortune Sacco 1-3 Kangemi All-Stars (Thika Stadium)
  • Green Commandos 1-2 Nairobi City Stars (Bukhungu Stadium)
  • Migori Youth 1-1 Kenya Police (Awendo Stadium)
  • Thika United 2-1 St. Joseph Youth (Thika Stadium)
  • Kibera Black Stars 1-1 Modern Coast Rangers (Hope Center)
  • Shabana 1-2 Kisumu All Stars (Gusii Stadium)

Sunday

  1. Eldoret Youth vs Bidco United (Eldoret Show Grounds, 3 pm)