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Western Stima’s draw is Ushuru’s gain as NSL gathers pace

Barry Silah @obel_barry

National Super League promotion contenders Western Stima, Kibera Black Stars and Nairobi Stima dropped crucial points as the second leg got underway last weekend.

Western Stima gave up top spot to Ushuru FC courtesy of a 0-0 stalemate against Modern Coast Rangers in a match played at the Mbaraki Sports Club on Sunday.

Ushuru are consequently ranked first in the 19-team league with 38 points from 19 matches, one above Stima. The taxmen stormed to the summit after their 3-0 drubbing of minnows Administration Police at Camp Toyoyo grounds.

Meanwhile, Kibera Black Stars were stunned 2-1 by GFE 105 at Bungoma’s Sudi Stadium on Saturday, their first victory in 13 attempts.

The win pushed GFE to 11 points just like bottom-placed Nakuru All Stars who trounced financially-troubled Isibania 3-0 at Afraha Stadium in another fixture. Godfrey Oduor’s Black Stars, who ended the first leg on a high, dropped to eighth spot as a result.

Gritty Nairobi City Stars, now on 29 points, ensured they left Naivasha’s Karuturi grounds with a point after drawing 1-1 with hosts Nairobi Stima also on Saturday. Ibrahim Shikanda might have wanted the full points going by the mood in camp and talent at his disposal but at third on the log with 35 points, they are just three points off the leaders.

Nakuru All-Stars, meanwhile, caught up with GFE 105 following a 3-0 win over Isibania at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. A brace by John Njuguna, coupled with a goal from Teddy Siwa saw All-Stars take home all three points for only the third time this season.

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