Waruru hat-trick sinks Stima as All Stars hold Bandari

Ulinzi Stars players celebrate after winning against Stima at Afraha Stadium,Nakuru over the weekend

A hat-trick from Stephen Waruru ensured Ulinzi Stars stayed fourth on the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table following an emphatic 3-0 win over Western Stima at Afraha stadium, Nakuru.

Waruru, the 2012 golden boot winner, opened his account through a header in the 18th minute after receiving a corner from Kevin Amwayi and doubled the advantage 15 minutes later through a well taken free kick.

The soldier held on to lead 2-0 at the break. After the interval, Ulinzi coach Robert Matano brought in John Nairuka for Job Muhati while his Stima counterpart Henry Omino responded by resting Kevin Okoth for John Kiplagat.

Kiplagat’s introduction did yield much and Waruru added his third in the dying minutes to make it 11 goals for him in the Kpl this season.

Elsewhere, Nakuru All Stars picked a point in Mombasa following a barren draw against Bandari.

However, All Stars will still find themselves relegated today if KCB beat Chemelil Sugar at Kasarani.

All Stars increased their tally for the season to 17 points out of 27 matches, seven away from safety with their goalkeeper Shabaan Odhoji putting up a great performance.

Odhoji thwarted several attempts from Bandari especially in the second half with Kepha Aswani and Shabaan Kenga’s chances well saved.

The dockers remain 13th on the log with 28 points and coach Twahir Muhiddin’s hopes of a top eight finish are all but over with three matches remaining.

Meanwhile, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has nominated four ex-Fifa referees to attend a week-long course from November 18-23 in Tanzania.

The training dubbed ‘Futuro Three’ will see whistle men Evans Mwachia and Carlin Alusa alongside physical fitness instructors Edward Lumbugu and Margaret Omondi acquire new knowledge in the fast changing rules of the game.

“For the first time in the federation’s history, we will have 11 qualified instructors who will be able to train, monitor and evaluate our referees, however their main task will be to develop upcoming referees for,” said FKF Technical head Elly Mukolwe.

The four nominees joins seven other Kenyan instructors who have attended the training.