KCB earn KPL promotion after sweating over Talanta
KCB are back in top flight Kenyan Premier League
KCB needed late goals from defender Dennis Gicheru and winger Simon Abuko to beat FC Talanta 2-0 at Camp Toyoyo on Sunday to make a return to the Kenyan Premier League after three years. The result saw the bankers move to 75 points with one match to go, picking an unassailable eight-point lead over third placed Nairobi Stima who play Kenya Police later on.
The bankers were frustrated by their former coach Abdallah Juma, now in charge of Talanta who put up a good defensive shield before the final 10 minutes of the game opened up for KCB to score and mark a return to top flight.
“It has been a tough season and every game has been like a final. Over the last three years we have come very close but lost it in the final four games. This time round, we were very serious in every game and we did not underrate anyone,” an excited KCB head coach Elvis Ayany said.
KCB had limited chances in the first half of the mid-morning kick off and had to wait until the second half to make meaningful inroads at goal.
They came close in the 59th minute when Samuel Mwangi was put through by Chrispinus Onyango at the edge of the box but his well taken shot was finger-tipped over the bar by Joel Bataro for an unutilized corner.
Some bit of nervous defending almost cost KCB in the 70th minute when Isaac Okello lost possession cheaply and under no pressure, but his keeper Adisa Omar bailed him out with a good save to keep out a shot from Emmanuel Mogaka.
The bankers had a glorious opportunity with quarter of an hour left when Onyango did well on the left to lay in a cross that was met by Kennedy Owino, but the latter’s shot came against the side-netting.
The search finally yielded fruit with nine minutes left when Gicheru shot home from the right after Dennis Ng’ang’a’s freekick evaded everyone inside the box. Abuko then sealed the tie in added time when he converted from the penalty spot after Mwangi was brought down inside the box by Brian Okeyo.