Muhoroni Youth relegated, Western Stima hang by a thread

By alex wafula
Nov 05, 2017
  • Tusker FC captain Humphrey Mieno in action against Thika United. They lost 0-1. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Thika United’s Shami Kibwana shows the determination that saw them beat Tusker FC 1-0. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • The mood in the Tusker FC camp after losing to Thika United on Sunday. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Mathare United and Thika United both won in identical 1-0 fashions on Sunday afternoon, results that took both of them to 35 points on the standings with two matches left to play.

The result consequently means that Muhoroni Youth who were beaten 7-0 by Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday are relegated because they fall 10 points behind safety with three matches left.

Western Stima’s hopes of survival hang in the balance after a 2-2 draw with Ulinzi Stars in Kisumu.

The result leaves the powermen three points off safety and if they lose their next match and either Thika or Mathare pick one point, then they will be relegated from the top tier.

The way forward as concerns relegation and promotion will be made clear after the Football Kenya Federation Annual General Meeting which will be held in Mombasa on November 18.

The only agreement there is at the moment is that the bottom two teams will be relegated automatically.

FKF say leugue will have 18 teams

However, FKF have insist that with the league expanded to 18 teams, the 16th placed team will have to tackle the third placed team from the National Super League in a play-off.

Thika United eased their fears of relegation by beating deposed champions Tusker FC 1-0 at the Ruaraka Complex with Eugene Mukangula scoring the lone goal.

Mathare were winners over Nzoia Sugar at Kasarani, Samwel Olwande’s first half penalty being all they needed.

Mathare however had to live on the edge in the second half with Nzoia piling the pressure, but they managed to stay alive.

“Of course there is some pressure eased because when you have three matches to get three points and you are done with one, then it becomes easier for you. I am pleased with the performance. We now have two more matches and want maximum points,” Francis Kimanzi, the Mathare United coach said.

Mathare got into the lead in the 13th minute from the penalty spot after defender Festus Okiring committed a schoolboy foul inside the box, swinging his arms across the face of Cliff Nyakeya as he shielded the ball to go off the field of play.

From the resultant spot-kick, Samuel Olwande stepped up and scored to give Mathare United the lead.

Seven minutes after conceding, Nzoia should have drawn back level but some poor decision making saw Lawrence Juma waste an opportunity curling the ball wide from the left with good space ahead of him.

In the 27th minute, Okiring had a chance to redeem himself after giving away a cheap penalty but his curling shot unmarked on the left went over the bar.

Incisive low cross

Nzoia had an even better chance in the 33rd minute when Luke Namanda beat Olwande for pace on the right, shot in an incisive low cross but a sliding Kwitonda completely missed the ball with the goalmouth at his mercy.

In the second half, substitute Edgar Nzano had the game’s three best chances but he wasted all, coming all in a span of 10 minutes after coming on for Peter Gin.

First, Nzano was picked out unmarked by a Juma cross from the right but he headed wide with only the keeper to beat.

Almost immediately, he broke the offside trap once again this time to pick an Okiring cross, but his tap could not hit the target.

Five minutes later, he broke through on the right to face Mathare United keeper Levis Opiyo one on one, but the custodian pulled off a great stop to keep his side in the match.

In a late kick off, AFC Leopards’ hopes of a top 10 finish were boosted with a 1-0 win over Nakumatt FC. Andrew Tololwa scored the lone goal in the 14th minute with a header off a Duncan Otieno free kick.

KPL weekend results

Saturday: Kakamega Homeboyz 2 Chemelil Sugar 2 (Mumias Complex), Kariobangi Sharks 7 Muhoroni Youth 0 (Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani).

Sunday: Tusker FC 0 Thika United 1 (Ruaraka Complex), Mathare United 1 Nzoia Sugar 0, AFC Leopards 1 Nakumatt 0 (Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani), Bandari 0 Posta Rangers 0 (Mbaraki Complex), SoNy Sugar 1 Sofapaka 0 (Awendo Stadium), Western Stima 2 Ulinzi Stars 2 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Zoo Kericho 1 Gor Mahia 1 (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru).