An injury time goal from Gambian hitman Ebrima Sanneh – his seventh of the season – is what Nairobi City Stars needed on Saturday 12 October to break down AP Bomet in a round 8 National Super League (NSL) duel at the Camp Toyoyo, Jericho.
Sanneh powered a header off an Anthony Kimani free kick four minutes into handed time to hand Simba wa Nairobi all on offer for the sixth straight time.
City Stars, handled by assistant coach John Amboko in the absence of travelling Sanjin Alagic, took the lead in the 20th minute via Jimmy Bageya off the spadework by Vincent ‘Jamaica’Otieno.
The lead almost lasted the whole stretch but two minutes to time a failed clearance saw the visiting AP Bomet level matters.
But when it seemed they had fished out a point off the leaders, Sanneh struck to send City Stars to the 22-point mark after eight games.
Nairobi City Stars: 23. Levis Opiyo, 5. Wesley Onguso, 4. Salim Abdalla, 22. Wycliffe Otieno, 28. Kevin Okumu, 3. Charles Otieno, 30. Antony Kimani (Captain), 17. Davis Agesa, 21. Oliver Maloba, (25. David Gateri – 62′), 29. Ebrima Sanneh, 16. Vincent Otieno (Davis Agesa – 62′), 18. Jimmy Bageya (Eric Ochieng – 84′)
Unused subs: 1. Ronny Kagunzi, 24. Cornelius Mwangi, 17. Noah Abich , 15. Peter Wainaina
Yellow cards: 5. Kevin Okumu
Goals & Assists: Jimmy Bageya – 20′ (Vincent Otieno), Ebrima Sanneh – 90+4 (Anthony Kimani free kick)
MVP; 29. Ebrima Sanneh
Coach: John Amboko
AP Bomet: 25. Fred Oyugi, 16. Chris Wilunda, 13. Michael Muhadia, 3. Dominic Kipkirui, 2. Daniel Odhiambo, 5. Brian Ngala, 10. Dickson Mwangi, 14. James Kaleha, 18. Conrad Isigi, 7. Philip Wasai, 15. Ramadhan Hamisi
Subs: 31. Wilson Kadinale, 17. Kevin Akhanya, 9. Bonface Mwanga, 11. Lawrence Kibet, 8. Chrispinus Adotor, 12. Simon Karanja, 19. Nelson Nyongesa
Coach: Sebastian Owino