Kenya Police smacked Nairobi City Stars 3-0 at Camp Toyoyo in their National Super League to dislodge the former Kenyan Premier League side from the seventh spot.
The mid-morning clash which preceded the televised afternoon double header brought the two clubs who had level points of 35 before the encounter but the law enforcers forced three unanswered goals to dislodge City Stars from the seventh spot.
City Stars dominated the first half with their counter attack approach almost getting the Police back line unawares. James Gachoka opened the scoring in the 21st minute before David Oluoch contributed a brace in the 66th and 84th minutes.
City Stars will blame themselves for squandering a handful of scoring chances. Ezekiel Odera was teed up by Steve Mweni, only for the former KCB and Gor Mahia forward to fire straight to the advancing Anthony Obonyo. Odera failed to redeem himself minutes later with an open chance which he sent wide.
Despite firing from all cylinders, Police’s James Gachoka connected with Kevin Omondi’s pass to give his side a lead in the 21st minute. Mweni nearly leveled matters minutes later but Obonyo came off his line to successfully block the forward’s shot.
City Stars continued exerting pressure on the visitors in quest of an equalizer. Odera, Mweni and Oscar Jumba all came close but Police’s back four were equal to task.
Having opted to sit back and defend, Police got a second goal as Oluoch finished off a break involving Omondi and Martin Musau with the latter squaring the attacker for the goal before completing the rout with a loop over an on-rushing goalkeeper Emmanuel Opiyo six minutes to time.
Meanwhile, Kibera Black Stars stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches after defeating Palos FC 2-1. The afternoon match played at Mumias Sports Complex saw the minor take three crucial away point. Palos looked more composed in the game from the first minute by dominating the play and were awarded with a 25th minute lead through Michael Owino.
Against the run of play Kibera equalised through Wilson Njunguna 10 minutes later, after Palos’ defenders failed to clear a lose ball in the area.
Palos Alex Waswa wasted a golden chance on the hour mark, missing out on a rebound from Kibera goalkeeper Evans Liseche.
Kibera took a surprise lead on the 90th minute through substitute Anthony Baraza, a goal that turned out to be the difference between the two teams at the final whistle.