Talanta rue missed chances in shock MOSCA defeat

FC Talanta Head Coach John Kamau rued his forward line’s bluntness following their shock 2-1 defeat to National Super League (NSL) bottom-table side MOSCA FC.

Talanta blew the chance to end their eight-match winless streak on Wednesday, squandering chance after chance in a frustrating afternoon Kamau and his charges at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

The midweek NSL action featured seven fixtures, with KCB edging Vihiga United 1-0 to dislodge them as table-toppers in the day’s heavyweight clash.

Simon Abuko’s lone goal in the 58th minute gave Edward Manoah’s side all the three points as they soared above Vihiga, who slid back to third following Ushuru FC’s 1-0 win over Kibera Black Stars.

In Machakos, Kamau watched agonizingly as his attackers missed at least seven clear cut chances as goals from Ochieng Filbet and Sajad Ismail left them 2-0 down only for Erick Kapaito to find a late consolation.

“MOSCA utilized the two chances they got and that’s how they won the game. I am sure we will get back to winning ways soon because we are working on our mistakes before our next game,” Kamau told Citizen Digital.

The defeat left Talanta 12th on the log, a whopping 32 points behind leaders KCB (64) while MOSCA (15) stayed rooted on bottom with relegation still staring wide at them.

Agro Chemical and St. Joseph, their closest targets, are 11 points away although MOSCA have played two matches less.

Elsewhere at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, Nakuru All Stars lost further ground in their chase for Kenyan Premier League (KPL) promotion following their barren stalemate against Administration Police.

The Ezekiel Akwana-coached side is placed eighth on the 19-team NSL log with 39 points while Police are seven places behind them on 27 points.

At the Camp Toyoyo Grounds, Nelson Marasowe scored the game’s only goal in the first half to secure a fifth straight victory for Ushuru as Ken Kenyatta’s charges intensified their bid for an immediate return to the top flight.

In the other second-tier matches played, Palos won 3-2 against Nairobi City Stars with Wazito FC claiming a hard fought 1-0 win over St. Joseph. Bidco United downed Kenya Police 2-0 with Palos FC edging a five-goal thriller with former KPL side Nairobi City Stars, winning 3-2.