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Ushuru, KCB win to maintain tight title race, Vihiga eye victory

Ushuru and KCB look poised to push each other to the end for the National Super League (NSL) title after both registered wins to maintain their first and second positions on the table respectively yesterday.

The taxmen on 72 points and the bankers on 70 points are neck-and-neck after the former beat FC Talanta 2-0 while the latter thrashed Administration Police (AP) both matches played at Nairobi’s Camp Toyoyo grounds. Ken Kenyatta’s table toppers notched their 22nd win in the campaign and will only need runners-up KCB to at least drop two points to be assured of clinching the title.

However, Leonard Saleh’s charges are also hoping for any slip ups from the leaders to take advantage, making the title race interesting. Given third-placed Vihiga United, on 65 points, play today and fourth-placed Wazito still have hopes, the leading duo cannot afford to drop further points.

Against AP, Kennedy Migele’s brace helped KCB to a 3-1 win after an action packed first half saw three goals scored with the law enforcers first on the score sheet after just fourth minute courtesy of Humphrey Alemba’s shot before the bankers replied in the 26th minute when Migele showed a poacher’s instinct to pounce on a loose ball in the six yard box to equalise.

After that, KCB had more possession of the ball, engineered by midfield pair Teddy Osok and Victor Ochieng as they pinned their opponents in their own half. Marauding KCB left-back Dennis Nganga’s cross was then handled in the box for a penalty which the bankers scored for a 2-1 half-time lead.

On resumption, AP applied force to get back into the match but their final balls were wanting and in the space of three minutes, they found themselves in the 10 yard box but their forwards fluffed their lines.

Nganga was at it again after his delightful cross was smashed in at close range by the lively Migele upfront in the 50th minute, the bankers taking a 3-1 lead.

With third placed Vihiga Unot in action, Wazito pressed on with their promotion dreams by beating GFE 105 1-0 away to move to 65 points. The lone goal was through Dennis Gicheru’s 81st minute penalty.

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