Although Nakumatt are still wallowing in the lower reaches of the league, It seems there is no respite in the team’s resurgence in the SportPesa Kenyan Premier League (SPL).
Nakumatt, who are placed in the 16th position in the league chart, are increasingly beating fancied teams and at this rate, it would be foolhardy for anyone to dismiss them as relegation candidates.
Only a week after stunning Tusker 1-0, Nakumatt added Posta Rangers into their list of casualties by edging them out 2-1 at Camp Toyoyo ground and should they maintain this momentum, they will make an escape act and in the process condemn Zoo and Sony Sugar to the second-tier league next year.
“Obviously, we had a rough patch at the start of the season but I’m glad the players have now settled. We are taking each of the remaining matches at a time and hopefully, we can evade relegation,” said Nakumatt coach Anthony Mwangi.
In the meantime, as the first leg of the league ended, any hopes that Ulinzi Stars had of bridging the gap with league leaders Gor Mahia went up in smoke after they were stunned 2-1 by Sofapaka at home.
During the entertaining match played at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. Umaru Kasumba opened the scoring for Batoto Ba Mungu with a clinically executed volley and Kepha Aswani doubled the lead just a few minutes later.
Elvis Nandwa pulled one back for the Soldiers in the second half but Sofapaka held on doggedly to bag the three points. Despite the loss, Ulinzi remained in the second position with 28 points ahead of Sofapaka and statistics aside, Ulinzi oach Dunstan Nyaudo was philosophical in defeat even as he conceded that his charges did not play well.
Elsewhere in Mumias, there was an element of great improvement by Thika United in their 1-0 shock victory over hosts Vihiga United, Shami Kibwana scoring the lone goal.
As Thika garnered maximum points, Kariobangi Sharks gradually scaled the ladder in the chart after a labored 1-0 victory over Bandari.
Sven Yidah’s header in the second half was all Sharks needed to beat Bandari who had dropped points the previous week after they were restricted to a barren draw by Posta Rangers in Mombasa.
However, the hardest hit amongst the teams in the weekend action was Wazito who succumbed 0-3 to Nzoia Sugar whose marksmen were Morven Otinya, Elvis Rupia and Victor Omondi.
Apparently, Wazito’s front-line was clueless in this match largely due to the absence of their key striker Pistome Mutamba who was away with Harambee Stars for the international friendlies against Swaziland and Equatorial Guinea.