KCB ease relegation fears, City Stars on the brink

City Stars dejected coach, Robinson Ofwuoku. (Image: Courtesy)

KCB eased their relegation fears after playing out to a barren draw against visiting Sony Sugar in Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex, Nairobi yesterday.

Although KCB’s closest challengers Nairobi City Stars won 1-0 away to already relegated Nakuru All Stars, the only way the Kawangware-based side can survive the axe is winning by more than seven goals in their final match next weekend as the bankers enjoy a better goal aggregate.

“We are almost safe. We only need a point in the final match and even if we lose, I think the odds are in our favour looking at the goal difference,” said KCB coach Rishadi Shedu.

KCB were lucky that Zedekiah Otieno’s Sony never utilised their chances especially in the first half where they had the lions share of possession.

Their top scorer Edwin Oduor hit the bar in the fourth minute after picking a sleek through pass from Victor Ademba, while closest KCB came to scoring, was via a fierce Ronald Musana freekick late in the second half.

In the title race, Tusker’s slim hopes of challenging for the title went up in smoke after being held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Thika United who should have won the match.

After the match, Tusker coach Francis Kimanzi conceded his side are out of contention while laos rueing the many points his side have dropped in matches they should have won.

Michael Olunga scored against his former side in the 21st minute but Jesse Were restored parity for the brewers with his eighth goal of the season, heading in from a set piece.

Wycliffe Opondo then took Thika ahead in the 59th minute with a curling effort. However, a defensive lapse in the Thika box from another set piece cost them, Ismail ‘Manucho’ Dunga heading in from Osborne Monday’s freekick to level matters.

Meanwhile, Mathare United revitalised their top eight dreams with a 2-0 win over visiting Western Stima at the Nyayo National Stadium. Whyvonne Isuza and Daniel Mwaura scored for Mathare taking them to 10th on the standings.

The title fight is now between Sofapaka and Gor Mahia. The former face the brewers on the final day next weekend while K’Ogalo entertain KRA at their City Stadium shrine.