There were contrasting fortunes as Super 8 Premier League marked game week 3 across various locations in Nairobi County over the weekend.
NYSA penned their first win as defending champions Jericho All Stars surrendered to their maiden defeat, a 1-0 away loss at the hands of Team Umeme.
While enjoying the backing of massive vocal home fans, NYSA hammered pre-match favorites Makadara Junior League SA 4-1 at Ngong Posta grounds on Sunday 24 March.
So dominant were NYSA that by halftime they were up by two goals after taking advantage of Makadara Junior who fielded their second string squad.
Peter Ngang’a sent the hosts in front two minutes inside the contest, capitalizing on a sloppy mistake from Makadara Junior goalie.
Bob Onyango added the second on the 23rd minute as the home team overwhelmed their opponents with fast counter-attack football that kept fans on the edge throughout the game.
Makadara Junior started the second period much better but a slight concentration lapse at the rear line allowed speedy winger Sam Lemashon to score the third on the 53rd minute much to the amusement of the home supporters.
Joseph Ondiwa pulled a goal back for the visitors on the 65th minute but Fredrick Otieno’s NYSA were not done yet as Onyango completed his brace on the 88th minute to seal the game.
The win shots NYSA to 9th on the log with 4 points while Makadara Junior remains winless after three rounds and as a result drops to second bottom.
Makadara Junior assistant coach Dan Karani admitted they got punished for underestimating their opponents by fielding relatively inexperienced side.
“Our opponents were better than us, as a team we are undergoing transition and we are promoting junior players so these are lean moments for us but we hoping to bounce back in the next game,” Karani noted.
NYSA coach Fredrick Otieno credited good preparation for the resounding win. He said;
“We came prepared, Makadara Junior are a strong side and we knew their strategy which is holding the ball and we were prepared well for that and I am happy for the outcome.”
At Ziwani grounds, holders Jericho All-Stars were put to the sword by Ken Mboya whose 46th-minute strike was all Umeme needed to get maximum points.
Jericho drops to third on the log with six points, one shy of leaders Metro Sports while Umeme climbs to 4th also with 6 points.
Meanwhile, Metro Sports shot to the top of the log after a narrow 1-0 win over Shauri Moyo Sportiff at Drive Inn grounds.
Jeremy Asewe was the hero of the day as his 13th minute effort guided the Kasarani based side on top of the chart (7 points) for the first time since 2016. Sportiff drops to 5th place with 6 points after the defeat.
FULL SUPER 8 PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 3 RESULTS
Githurai All Stars 1-2 Mathare Flames
Team Umeme 1-0 Jericho All Stars
Kawangware United 1-1 Rongai All Stars
Metro Sports 1-0 Shauri Moyo Sportiff
NYSA 4-1 Makadara Junior League SA
MASA 3-1 Meltah Kabiria FC
Dagoretti Former Player FC 0-2 Huruma Kona
Lebanon FC VS TUK* (Postponed)