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Gritty match as Talanta, Kisumu draw in NSL tie

Barry Silah @obel_barry

FC Talanta endured frustrating episodes yesterday when Kisumu All Stars held them to a goalless draw in a National Super League fixture at Camp Toyoyo.

It was a well fought 90 minutes of action as both sides fought out gallantly on the pitch of play. However, it was the home team who enjoyed chunks of possession in the encounter, which was littered with countless missed chances. The opening exchanges saw Talanta press hard especially from their wingers in anticipation of getting a goal.

Anthony Gichu and Edwin Walumoli were a constant menace for the lakeside team as they constantly prodded the backline and sprayed balls into space. Twice inside 20 minutes, burly Talanta forward Paul Karuri got open opportunities but fluffed the final balls. Indeed he was tightly marked and gifted almost nil chances to breath in the 18-yard box as the centre back pairing of Bobby Kwaka and Moses Odhiambo stayed alert all through.

Strike partner Job Tinyo also struggled as most of his playing was reduced to balls from deep. Star Talanta player Walumoli had to be pulled off for pulling a hamstring in the 35th minute.

On their part, Kisumu were more intent on short moving passes as they sought to pull the Talanta rearguard off position. Dismas Amunga and Alex Waiswa were the chief engineers as they took advantage of the pace of striker Hebron Aila upfront.

Talanta were more aggressive towards the last quarter as they ventured deeper into the red zones of their opponents .A lovely corner off Talanta’s Gichu in the 71st minute was headed to the upright by Tinyo and the follow-up rebound wasted by Karuri.

Meanwhile title contenders Western Stima drew 2-2 against St.Joseph’s at Kisumu’s Moi Stadium to recover from their shock 3-1 loss to Kibera Black Stars last weekend. Former table toppers Isibania also beat Nairobi City Stars 1-0 at Awendo Stadium through Richard Simancho’s 50th minute effort.

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