League leaders Ushuru and the chasing pack of Wazito and KCB secured wins yesterday as the 2017 National Super League entered its dying stages. Ushuru breezed through 2-0 away to Palos at Moi Stadium Kisumu with second half goals from Oscar Mbugua and Benson Amianda to send them to 75 points.
In the early kick off at Afraha Stadium, Erick Odhiambo’s 68th minute scorcher was enough for Wazito to see off stubborn Nakuru Allstars 1-0 to push them to 74 points and second on the log above Vihiga United who play on Wednesday.
At Camp Toyoyo, it was literally fireworks as the much-awaited clash between fourth-placed KCB and Nairobi Stima was an entertaining affair. The much-billed match was a no-show for the powermen under Ibrahim Shikanda as his team got thumped 3-1 with all goals coming in the first half. The bankers high pressing game was too much for their opponents who were overwhelmed in attack.
An eighth-minute speculative penalty scored by Simon Abuko opened the flood gates with the defence led by former Tusker lynch pin Joseph Shikokoti caught napping. A dinking run from the left by marauding Kevin Migele in the penalty box had him tripped by custodian Daniel Odhiambo.
With Stima disorganised, midfielders Michael Osundwa and Martin Nderitu engineered attacks towards their backline. In the 11th minute some good interplay between Teddy Osok and Nderitu set open the running Charles Onyango to unleash a sizzler that beat goalkeeper Odhiambo all the way for a snap second. Coach Shikanda had to wake up from the bench and bark orders to keep his players in the game.
The communication between the players was broken and the body language almost gave away their purpose on the day. Barely two minutes after restart, left back Joseph Embenzi scurried a clearance for a free kick and Dennis Nganga’s lofted cross landed on captain Bethwell Warambo for a third to send the bench into a frenzy.