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Vihiga to get free NSL points as cash-strapped City Stars snub tie

Barry Silah and Viden Ochieng @PeopleSports11

Vihiga United are set to pick three free points after Nairobi City Stars, who were scheduled to play them today, confirmed they will not honour the National Super League (NSL) fixture at Mumias Complex due to financial constraints.

Edward Manoah’s charges would not have wished for better news as the free points will propel them to second spot on the 19-team table on 71 points same as Wazito FC and one behind leaders Ushuru as the race for the title and promotion to the SportPesa Premier League gathers pace.

With three matches to go, the Western Kenya-based team now have a little relief as City Stars would have proved a tough nut to crack especially after stunning Ushuru 2-1 to open up the title race last weekend. “Our players plus the technical bench have not been paid salaries for three months.

It is a real struggle and in our recent match, I had to convince them to play and we won even without training. Since we have no funds, it is impossible to honour the Vihiga match,” City Stars coach John Amboko told People Sport yesterday.

Meanwhile, Palos FC will travel to Eldoret to take on GFE 105 at the Kipchoge Keino Stadium looking to avenge the 1-0 first leg defeat. The hosts have gone six games without a win, suffering two straight losses and are 15th on the log with 33 points, six above the relegation zone.

Palos cannot finish any higher than sixth as they currently lie 19 points adrift of fifth-placed Nairobi Stima. The Kisumu-based side has five games to go and saw their two-game winning streak ended by a resurgent Bidco United over the weekend.

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