NSL: Away teams shine on Match Day 3

The National Super League (NSL) continued on Friday 13 September with Round 3 taking center stage across different venues in the country.

The round was a poor one for home teams as only one side registered a win in front of their own fans out of the 10 fixtures that were played.

Six away teams claimed victory in the round with the remaining three matches ending in stalemates.

100% records

Bidco United and Nairobi Stima remain now the only teams in the division with 100% records as they claimed wins over Talanta and APs Bomet respectively.

Bidco, the only home team to claim all three points on Friday, sealed a slim 1-0 win at the Thika Sub-county Stadium thanks to a second half penalty from former Talanta forward Emmanuel Mogaka.

Mogaka stepped up to score his second goal of the season after Talanta keeper Joel Bataro had seen red for a reckless tackle in the box.

Anthony Akhulia’s charges, who are also the only team yet to concede a goal this season having kept cleansheets in all three of their matches, lie in second place on the standings with nine points, separated only by goal difference from Nairobi Stima.

Part of the action at the Ruarak grounds on Friday 13 September as Ushuru FC shared the spoils with Administration Police in a 1-1 draw (PIC: FKF)

First points

Stima also had a close win at the Kericho Green Stadium against debutants APs Bomet with the tie ending 3-2 in favour of the powermen.

Bomet are still in wait for their first points of the season, so too are fellow debutants Northern Wanderers and Kenya Police who have all lost their opening three matches.

Wanderers fell 2-1 at the Camp Toyoyo to Mt Kenya United while Police were undone 1-0 in Karuturi by visiting Fortune Sacco.

A 50th minute strike from Babu Kilinda secured the win for Fortune who have now won their last two matches after beginning the season by granting a walkover to Modern Cost Rangers. They now lie 6th in a threeway tie with Shabana and Mt Kenya United.

Mombasa teams

Shabana have also responded top their opening day loss to Nairobi City Stars and now have won back to back matches with the latest being a 3-2 win away to Coast Stima at the Serani Sports Club.

Francis Ocholla’s brace was not enough to avoid defeat for the hosts as goals from Usama Simbili, Traore Abou and Coulibaly Mohammed settled a fiery tie that also saw Samuel Ate sent off for two bookable offences.

Rangers are one of seven teams yet to register a win and lie 15th with a single point.

Mombasa’s other representatives Coast Stima, also lost 2-1 at home to Migori Youth in the day’s biggest upset.

Michael Bosco and Anthony Abwao grabbed the goals for Migori who had lost their opening two matches. Boniface Akenga netted a late consolation for Stima who are now tie on 3 points with Migori.

At the Hope Centre grounds in Kawangware, the match pitting two of the seasons’s top scorers in Ebrimma Sanneh of Nairobi City Stars and Dennis Wafula of Vihiga United, failed to produce goals as both teams settled for a 0-0 draw.

Both Sanneh and Wafula have netted three times this season.

Below are all o0f the results of the round;

Friday

  1. Ushuru 1-1 Administration Police (Ruaraka Sports Club)
  2. APS Bomet 2-3 Nairobi Stima (Kericho Green Stadium)
  3. St Joseph’s Youth 0-2 Kibera Black Stars (Afraha Stadium)
  4. Kenya Police 0-1 Fortune Sacco (Karuturi Sports Ground)
  5. Modern Coast Rangers 2-3 Shabana (Serani Sports Club)
  6. Northern Wanderers 1-2 Mt. Kenya United (Camp Toyoyo)
  7. Bidco United 1-0 Talanta (Thika Stadium)
  8. Muranga seal 0-0 Vihiga Bullets (Thika Stadium)
  9. Coast Stima 1-2 Migori Youth (Mbaraki Sports Club)
  10. Nairobi City Stars 0-0 Vihiga united (Hope Center)