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Posta Rangers remain top of FKF PL as City Stars thrash Sharks

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Posta Rangers celebrate a goal in a past match. PHOTO/Posta Rangers
Posta Rangers celebrate a goal in a past match. PHOTO/Posta Rangers
  • Posta are four points clear at the top
  • City Stars thrashed Sharks 3-1
  • AFC Leopards held to 1-1 draw by Sofapaka

High flying Posta Rangers remained top of the FKF Premier League standings after beating Shabana FC 3-1 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. The victory took the mailmen to 25 points, four ahead of second placed Gor Mahia who play Muhoroni Youth away in Homabay on Sunday.

Felix Oluoch and Brian Otieno were on target for John Kamau’s men, while a comical error from Shabana goalkeeper Erick Ongiri gifted them the third. A worldie from skipper Eugene Mukangula had given Shabana some hope, but they couldn’t match up against the league leaders.

Having drawn their last three consecutive matches to see their perfect match at the start of the campaign halted, Posta came into the Shabana tie keen to make amends and get back to winning ways.

They needed just four and a half minutes to break the deadlock when Felix Oluoch glanced in a header at the backpost unmarked from an Otieno corner.

But, Shabana, with only two wins this season, restored their hopes when Eugene Mukangula levelled matters after 10 minutes with a contender for goal of the season. The former AFC Leopards skipper swung a brilliant left footed volley from the edge of the box, leaving the Posta keeper dazed.

Shabana’s joy of an equalizer however lasted only six minutes as Posta re-took the lead, Otieno scoring with another sublime kick, a long range effort from the left after the Shabana defense had headed a clearance well into his path.

Comical error from goalkeeper 

The league newcomers were further pegged back after a comical error from keeper Magare, who completely missed the ball as he attempted to control a backpass from Brian magare with absolutely no pressure on him.

It was a disastrous afternoon for the Glamour Boys as they were completely outplayed in the opening half. In the second half however, they made attempts to rise back into contention, but Posta had closed shop, managing the three points to keep their dream season running.

Meanwhile in the late kick off, a beautiful overhead kick from skipper Humphrey Mieno gave Sofapaka a point in a 1-1 draw with struggling AFC Leopards.

Brian Yakhama had given Ingwe the lead from the penalty spot, but Mieno’s exquisite finish saw the two struggling sides share spoils.

Elsewhere in Nairobi, Vincent Owino scored twice from the penalty spot as Nairobi City Stars bounced back to winning ways with an emphatic 3-1 win over Kariobangi Sharks.

Mohamed Bejaber scored the opener after just a minute and a half on the clock, controlling a cross before finishing past keeper Bernard Jairo. Sharks were dealt a major blow when keeper Jairo had to be stretchered to the ambulance after three minutes with a concussion after a mid-air collision with a City Starts player.

City Stars go to the break 2-0 up 

Nairobi City Stars players celebrate their win over Kariobangi Sharks

Nairobi City Stars players celebrate their win over Kariobangi Sharks

Sharks were unfazed however, as they kept building play and dominating possession, but had little to show with their efforts on target being easily dealt with. The closest were from Keith Imbali’s shots from distance, both of which were collected by the keeper while Donald Ange’s attempt to score from a tight angle was blocked for a corner.

City Stars scored the second goal deep into first half stoppage time, Owino converting from the penalty spot after he had been appended inside the box by Keith Imbali.

He completed his brace with another penalty early in the second half, this time after Robinson Asenwa was brought down by Sharks keeper Kevin Luke Otiala after he had raced past him into the box.

Sharks attempted to make a quick rise after conceding the third and they forced City Stars to play in their own half, depending deep. They found a way back when Onyango scored from the spot after a handball inside the box.

They came close to a second minutes later when Imbali swung a header on target from a Fredrick Alushula cross, but the effort was cleared off the line.

City Stars lived dangerously, but they defended well to see off the game for a vital three points.

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