City Stars stun Thika,Tusker drop points

May 20, 2012
  • City Stars beat Thika United 3-2 at the Hope Centre, Kawangware.(Photo:File)

Nairobi City Stars continued their mid-season resurgence with a third straight win in the league while reigning champions Tusker dropped important points in the title chase as first leg matches concluded.

City Stars 3 Thika United 2

Thika United became the latest victims of City Stars when thy fell 3-2 to the Kawangware side at the Hope Centre. Veteran strikers George Odary, Justus Basweti and Francis Thairu were all on target for the hosts.

Only a few weeks ago, City Stars were wallowing in despair at the bottom of the table. But the Kawangware side has engineered a remarkable turnaround registering three straight wins over formidable opponents.

A fortnight ago, Gideon Ochieng’s men caused the biggest upset of the season with a 3-0 humbling of Leopards at the Nyayo National Stadium, a result that ultimately knocked Ingwe off their high perch.

Next to test defeat at the hands of City Stars were Western Stima who fell to a solitary goal loss last weekend at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.

Despite their impressive resume, Thika found the going tough at Hope Centre, as City Stars raced to a 3-1 lead with ten minutes remaining on the clock. Freeman Molda’s late goal proved too little too late for Thika for whom Moses Arita had scored earlier in the first half.

Mathare United 1 Karuturi Sports 1

At the Nairobi City Stadium, visiting Karuturi Sports dominated Mathare United for prolonged spells but still could only settle for a 1-1 draw in a drab league encounter.

Geoffrey Musieba gave the Naivasha side the lead in the 39th minute calmly tucking home a right flank cross from Abdulrahman Yusuf.

Mathare returned a rejuvenated side after the break, with substitutes Andrew Tololwa and Jesse Were injecting a new lease of life to Stanley Okumbi’s side. Their efforts paid off in the 88 minute with Were grabbing a late equalizer.

Oserian Sugar 0 Tusker 0

Title chasing Tusker wasted an opportunity to stay in touch with leaders Sofapaka after they were held to a barren draw by Oserian in Naivasha.

With all teams have completed their first leg fixtures, the brewers trail Sofapaka by three points following the latter’s Wednesday night’s conquest of AFC Leopards at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Sofapaka are perched at the top of the log with 32 points followed by Tusker who have 29 points. AFC Leopards, with a match in hand, are third with 27 points.

Chemelil Sugar 1 Rangers 1

In Chemelil, hosts Chemelil Sugar and Rangers shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Charles Odera gave the home the lead which was later cancelled by Edwin Mwaura.

 

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