Kangemi wriggle their way off bottom place as KSM All Stars extend lead at the top

Kangemi All Stars climbed out of the foot of the National Super League (NSL) log after defeating fellow relegation strugglers Green Commandos on Wednesday 1 May, a day that also saw promotion chasers Wazito and Ushuru FC both hit stumbling blocks in their quest to grace the KPL from next season.

Kangemi made it back to back wins for the first time this season as they beat Green Commandos 3-1 at the Camp Toyoyo. Kangemi had claimed only their fourth win of the season in round 29 when they produced a similar 3-1 win over Fortune Sacco.

Two penalties

Wednesday’s win orchestrated by goals from Kovassi Konu, who converted two penalties in the game and Brian Kipruto, lift Kangemi up top 19th in the 20 team log with a similar number of points while Commandos, who had their consolation through Athani Masheti , drop down to the bottom with 18 points.

At the opposite end of the table, leaders Kisumu All Stars stretched their lead at the top to 63 points, three more than their closest challengers after getting the better of Eldoret Youth at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu with a 2-0 victory.

Second half goals from Ian Motanda and Dishon Washing’ong’o proved enough to defeat a stubborn Eldoret side who drop to 12th on the standings with 37 points.

Boosted

All Stars’ win was boosted by Wazito FC and Ushuru lying in 2nd and 3rd place respectively on the standings, failing to keep up with the pace as they both suffered losses.

Wazito were undone 1-0 away to Modern Coast Rangers at the Serani grounds in Mombasa as coach Ahmed Muchulla came back to haunt his former side.

Mchulla and Wazito parted ways in March with the tactician returning to Rangers, the side that he had left to link up with Wazito in 2018.

Francis Ocholla scored from the spot for the coastal outfit who move up to 38 points with Wazito, with eight losses now for the season, remaining in 2nd place with 60 points, a point above Ushuru who lost 2-0 to Bidco United at the Thika Sub-county Stadium.

Five losses

A goal from Michael Owino and an own goal from Robert Ouma compounded Ushuru to their fifth loss of the season.

Still in Mombasa at the Mbaraki Sports Club, visiting Shabana FC claimed all three points against hosts Coast Stima courtesy of a 1-0 win.

Bliss Kityo scored the lone goal that sees Shabana leapfrog Stima into 8th with 43 points.

Below are all the confirmed results of the round that saw all 10 matches played on Wednesday;

  1. Bidco United 2-0 Ushuru (Thika Stadium)
  2. Kisumu All Stars 2-0 Eldoret Youth (Moi Stadium)
  3. St. Joseph’s Youth 1-1 Administration Police (Afraha Stadium)
  4. Modern Coast Rangers 1-0 Wazito (Serani Sports Ground)
  5. Coast Stima 0-1 Shabana (Mbaraki Sports Club)
  6. Kangemi All-Stars 3-1 Green Commandos (Camp Toyoyo)
  7. Talanta 0-2 Nairobi Stima (Camp Toyoyo)
  8. Nairobi City Stars 1-1 Thika United (Camp Toyoyo)
  9. Kenya Police 1-1 Kibera Black Stars (Karuturi Grounds)
  10. Migori Youth 3-2 Fortune Sacco (Awendo Stadium)