Nightmare start for Wanderers as NSL 2019-20 kicks off

The 2019-20 National Super League (NSL) season kicked off on Sunday 1 September with three of the 10 matches scheduled for the round failing to kickoff for various reasons.

Two matches involving the three law enforcers teams in the divison, failed to kickoff due to a number of the players from all the three teams being involved in the East African Police games that were hosted in the country and that ended on Sunday.

The two matches therefore involving AP, AP Bomet and Kenya Police have been postponed.

Walkover

The second tier has been synonymous with teams granting walkovers season after season and this new campaign has turned out to be no different as Fortune Sacco, in their second season in the NSL, failed to show up for their clash away to Coast Stima at the Mbaraki Sports grounds to grant the coastal outfit three points with a 2-0 scoreline.

Below is a brief round up of some of the matches played on Sunday.

Northern Wanderers 0-8 Nairobi Stima

Debutants Northern Wanderers FC, who took up the place vacated by now defunct Eldoret Youth, endured a nightmare start as they fell 8-0 to Nairobi Stima in the rounds biggest scoreline.

Ushuru FC 1-0 St. Joseph Youth

In their first match without veteran tactician Ken Kenyatta who has been at the helm at Ushuru for more than a decade, the taxmen got off their campaign in perfect fashion by claiming all three points against visiting St Joseph Youth at the Ruaraka grounds.

Ushuru’s relentless ptressure bore fruit with eight minutes remaining as Jackton Opanda produced the decisive kick to give new head coach James Odijo Omondi the perfect start.

Bidco United 3-0 Mt Kenya United

At the Thika Sub-county Stadium, hosts Bidco United strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Mt Kenya United. Nelson Chieta, David Orem and Emmanuel Mogaka scored the goals as Bidco put NSL returnees MKU to the sword.

MKU left the league in 2016 after winning promotion to the KPL as Nakumatt FC and suffered relegation in last season’s KPL campaign after four seasons.

Vihiga United 3-1 Migori Youth

Vihiga United who are also making their return to the second tier after spending the last three seasons in the KPL, started off in exquisite fashion at home at the Mumias Sports Complex against Migori Youth with a 3-1 victory.

Dennis Wafula grabbed a hatrick with goals in the 17th, 65th and 73rd minutes to render Edward Odhiambo’s 32nd minute equalizer a mere consolation.

Talanta FC 3-1 Vihiga Bullets

At the Camp Toyoyo, Vihiga County’s other representative Vihiga Bullets, failed to replicate United’s win over Migori as they suffered a 3-1 loss to Talanta.

Anthony Oginga had Talanta leading after 26 minutes before Jackson Oketch restored parity 10 minutes after the restart. Oginga would again be on the score sheet in the 67th minute to add on to Brian Juma’s 63rd strike to seal all three points against the newley formed Bullets who are coached by veteran coach Francis Manoah who orchestrated Vihiga United’s promotion to the KPL back in 2017.

Nairobi City Stars 2-0 Shabana

At the Hope Centre in Kawangware, hosts Nairobi City Stars under new coach Sanjin Alagic from Bosnia claimed a 2-0 victory over visiting Shabana FC with renowned faces in the KPL Ebrimma Sanneh and Jimmy Bageya getting the goals either side of halftime.

Below is a compilation of all the results of the round;

  1. Ushuru 1-0 St. Joseph’s Youth (Ruaraka Sports Club)
  2. Northern Wanderers 0-8 Nairobi Stima (Camp Toyoyo)
  3. Muranga Seal 1-0 Kibera Black Stars (Thika Stadium)
  4. Nairobi City Stars 2-0 Shabana (Hope Center)
  5. Bidco United 3-0 Mt. Kenya United (Thika Stadium)
  6. FC Talanta 3-1 Vihiga Bullets (Camp Toyoyo)
  7. Vihiga United 3-1 Migori Youth (Mumias Complex)
  8. Coast Stima 2-0 Fortune Sacco (Walkover)