KRA, Nakuru All Stars big winners as Division One league kicks-off

The tax collectors started their quest for promotion to top flight league with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Maweni City as Kariobangi Sharks succumbed to Moyas

By Otieno Otieno

Top clubs in the Division One league started their quest for promotion to next year’s top league on a positive note by winning their weekend matches.

The league eventually kicked-off at the weekend. Among the winners were Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) who picked a crucial 1-0 win over Maweni City away.

Mohammed Hassan scored the only goal to get off the tax collectors to a positive start in what promises to be a competitive season.

Nakuru All Stars, who narrowly missed out on qualification last season, thrashed West Kenya 3-0 in some of the biggest wins recorded at the weekend. Newly promoted side Talanta were also big winners after stopping Kambakia Christian Centre of Meru 5-0.

Despite playing away, Talanta were never really overawed by their opponents and were lifted by goals from Dennis Onyango, Patrick Muchiri, Dennis Zakaria, Calvince Oketch and Heecard Baraza.

Another top of the bill encounter pitting Mahakama against Ligi Ndogo ended 1-1 at City Stadium.

Mahakama are handled by former Harambee Stars coach Zedekiah Otieno while Ligi Ndogo boast of having finished third last season and are among the top clubs fighting for promotion this year.

In another match played in Mombasa, Admiral stopped West Harm 2-0 in what was billed as a Coast derby.

Mohammed Said Bazinga scored the opening goal for the winners in the 21st minute before Juma Seif Kibonge ensured victory with a 43rd minute effort.

Kariobangi Sharks, another top Division one side, were not so lucky after they lost their opening match 2-1 to Moyas in a fixture that was decided at City Stadium.

Moyas, a team that is sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, were leading 2-0 before the break after being lifted by goals from Sanusi Kola in the 21st minute and a Silas Wawire strike in the 40th minute.

Samuel Thuku pulled one back for Sharks in the 64th minute but it was not enough to give them three points. New comers Kisero upset Shabana 3-1 in another match while Coast United failed to get past Muranga United, who held them to a 1-1 draw.