CATCH US IF YOU CAN: Nzoia United wheel away in KPL promotion chase

FKF FOOTBALL KENYA PREMIER LEAGUE MOYAS FC's Martin Nderitu shield Kariobangi Shark's Eric Juma from the ball during FKF Premier league at Kasarani on Sunday, March 29th. PHOTO/JONAH ONYANGO.

Nzoia United stretched their lead at the top of the National Super League (NSL) standings to 11 points after stopping Moyas 2-1.

The result pushed Nzoia to a heartbeat away from going back to top flight football next season.

The sugar millers who remain unbeaten have so far picked an impressive 67 points and it will take a miracle to dethrone them from the summit.

The match of the weekend was the top of the bill clash between Zoo Kericho and Vihiga United at the Kericho Green Stadium.

Coming into the match, both teams needed to win to keep up with the leading pack and at the end Zoo came off the better side with a 1-0 win at home.

Nicholas Kipkurui’s goal in the 32nd minute made all the difference.

The win left Zoo Kericho in fourth place with 53 points while Vihiga United moved down to fifth position after collecting 50 points.

Kariobangi Sharks stormed third place on the log following a convincing 3-0 win over visiting Modern Coast Rangers in Nairobi.

The win pushed Sharks to 53 points on the log and are in a good position to fight for second place and with it one of the four places to next year’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL).

Ibrahim Kitawi opened the scores for Sharks with a 35th minute goal after both teams had come close on several occasions. Rangers were spurred into action after conceding that goal and attempted their own come back. But Sharks goalkeeper Malcolm Oigo denied the visitors.

After that it was a see-saw battle with both teams giving as much as they received. The winners extended their lead in the 70th minute when John Macharia tapped home and with that goal seemed to have killed the fighting spirit of the visitors.

Sharks continued with the pressure and in the middle of it, Rodgers Odhiambo was brought down in the opponent’s half with the winners being awarded a penalty which Kitawi slotted home.

Talanta also picked maximum points after upsetting visiting Agro-Chemicals 2-0.

Peter Okore scored both goals to lift his side to victory. At Moi Stadium, visiting KCB piped home team Palos 1-0. The bankers were relegated from the KPL last season and are fighting to come back.

Vincent Yator scored the only goal for the bankers. At the bottom of the log, Shabana look likely to be relegated after they lost 2-1 to Ligi Ndogo.

The Gusii glamour boys have been facing a hard time with reports of players going without being paid for months.

Nasor Hassan scored twice for Ligi Ndogo while Timothy Atanga netted for Ligi Ndogo.

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