Vihiga earn three crucial survival points, Chemelil held
Vihiga pick crucial points to strengthen survival hopes
Amos Kigadi struck with three minutes left on the clock as Vihiga United picked three vital points in a 1-0 win over Posta Rangers at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. The win elevated Vihiga to 15th in the standings with 34 points, two ahead of Chemelil Sugar who played to a 1-1 draw with Sony Sugar in Awendo.
With four rounds of matches remaining, Vihiga need to maintain the winning streak to ensure they avoid the play-off spot at 16th or even drop further to the automatic relegation spots occupied by Wazito FC and Thika United who play on Sunday.
“I am really thankful because of these points today. We are not in a good position in the league and with these three points, we can focus on pushing further in the remaining games. I am confident we will not be relegated at the end of the season,” Vihiga United coach Mike Mururi said.
For Posta, it was a bitter pill to swallow having had the game’s best chances and their failure to take them landed them their third successive loss and dents their hopes of a top eight finish.
They remain 11th in the standings with 37 points, two ahead of Nakumatt FC who lost for the fourth time in a row on Saturday afternoon losing 3-1 to Bandari FC who cemented their hold on second spot, with coach Bernard Mwalala maintaining his unbeaten run since taking charge of the club in June.
At the Kenyatta Stadium, Posta Rangers had the better of chances in what was a lukewarm affair. It was Vihiga thoygh who asked the first questions, Kigadi’s header off a cross from the right going over after Posta keeper Gradus Ochieng had committed off his line but missed the collection.
The two sides exchanged several stray shots in what was a lazy approach, none of them taking an initiative to be more creative. But Posta commanded possession and after 20 minutes, Eric Kibiru forced the Vihiga keeper to a full stretch save with a shot from distance.
The mailmen had the best chance 10 minutes to half time, but Dennis Mukaisi had what perhaps will rank as the miss of the decade.
Danson Kago made a brilliant run off the right, skipping past his markers and breaking into the box, but his shot was well saved by the keeper. Mukaisi picked the rebound a yard out of goal with the keeper on the ground and a gaping goalmouth, but somehow he hit the ball over the bar.
Having dodged the bullet, Vihiga came back stronger in the second half and pinned Posta in their half. They were rewarded after 87 minutes when Kigadi headed into the net after Chris Masinza nodded the ball into his direction from a long throw.