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Western Stima retained their position at the top of the National Super League table despite their recent struggles which include last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Nairobi Stima.
Stima, seeking a quick return to the Kenyan Premier League after their relegation last year, have been the team to beat having started the season brightly but have been pegged back in the last fortnight, first a 2-2 draw with Coast Stima at Mbaraki Sports Club before last weekend’s loss.
Their relief, however, is that the chasing pack of KCB, Ushuru, Nairobi Stima and Kenya Police have not taken advantage of the situation, Richard Makumbi’s men staying top with a five-point gap over the second-placed team.
Stima have 35 points from 17 games, five ahead of KCB who can reduce it to two if they win their match in hand while Ushuru are third with 29 points also from 16 games.
KCB continued their resurgence with a 2-0 win against Coast Stima on Saturday in what was their second victory in a week following last Thursday’s 1-0 success over Green Commandoes. Ushuru meanwhile, could be second on 32 points had they won last weekend’s match which they lost 1-0 to Eldoret-based GFE 105 at Camp Toyoyo.
In the match between the leaders and Nairobi Stima, Eugene Wethuli got on the end of a well-worked cross for the lone goal that leaves Ibrahim Shikanda’s charges fourth on the 19-team log with 28 points while handing Makumbi’s men a first home defeat of the season.
It was Western Stima’s second loss of the season and the absence of top striker John Mwita was felt going by the number of chances they missed. Kibera Black Stars have also seen their fortunes improve following the return of coach Godfrey Oduor from compassionate leave.
They beat Kangemi All Stars 2-1 at Ruaraka grounds to move to seventh in the standings with 27 points from 16 matches.