Nairobi City Stars is steadily rising from unfamiliar lower territory after downing Kangemi All Stars by 1-0 courtesy of Jimmy Bageya’s 53rd minute effort at Camp Toyoyo yesterday. The goal, which was well worked out from inside the midfield area by the hosts, saw Philip Simiyu send an inviting cross inside Kangemi’s box for the goal.
The stout and quick Bageya was in hand to punish the napping defence and slot home past Mark Ibrahim at goal in an exciting slum derby. Speedy Kabuthi was a menace and had to be checked by two players whereas impressive Bageya and his colleagues were also in bullish mode. However the play was also engrossed in physical play prompting the centre referee to be hawk eyed.
Prior to this match, John Amboko’s men were 15th on the log with four points but their second win pushes them towards a top 10 berth. Eliud Omukuyia reign as the Green Commandos coach started brightly after he steered his team to the first win of a convincing 4-1 over visiting Isibania from Kuria in a mouth-watering match at Bukhungu.
Hosts winger Rodgers Mathews stunned Isibania with third minute finish after follow up on Isibania’s shot stopper Felix Ouma spilled ball by Griffins Amutala long range shot. Industrious Felix Okik of Isibania raced on the left side to break Green Commandos offside trap but his effort hit inside the box hit the cross bar before being cleared out danger.
However the visitors’ effort bore fruits in the 20th minute after Richard Simoncho produced a nice curved shot that went past Brian Opondo to level the terms that saw both teams go into break with the scores standing at 1-1.
It took the home team few minutes just from the breather to restore their lead through Castro Likhanga close range finish after being put through by Joshua Otieno. Former Homeboyz defender Edwin Mwanzi rose high to nod in a well taken corner kick by Joshua Otieno with three minutes to time to make it 3-1 with under pressure Isibania defender Reymond Osodo handing Commandos an own goal to make it 4-1.
Gerishon Arabe’s lone goal at the stroke of the first-half helped Kisumu All Stars beat Nakuru All Stars 1-0 in their match played at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday. While the win is the fourth for Kisumu All Stars since the start of the league.
It was Nakuru All Stars’ seventh loss that they have suffered and are now ranked bottom with no point on their name. A glorious opportunity for the host to take the lead came in the 32nd minute when Dennish Ochieng volley shot was parried away by Nakuru’s goalkeeper Stephen Ochieng.
Perhaps looking to go for the break with a lead, coach Nick Aketch made a substitution just three minutes to the halftime whistle as he brought in Dismas Amunga for Roccy Junior. Stories by Barry Silah, Viden Ochieng and Frederick Likuyani.