The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Bankers Run Riot in Nairobi

KCB got their Kenya Premier League season off to a blistering start with a 4-0 walloping of Nairobi City Stars in the first match of the 2013 season at the Nairobi City Stadium.

Goals from Clifford Alwanga ( 19th and 33rd minutes) and a penalty from captain Benedict Owuor in the 25th minute added to a headed goal by the impressive Jacob Keli (30th) ensured Juma Abdalla got off to a flying start.

On his return to the top flight league after a one year sabbatical the contradiction of the bankers brilliant start coupled with their abject finish to a season is one thing that has confounded many.

Abdalla will look into the future with huge hopes after a dominant performance from his team. True to character KCB began strongly and had City Stars on the back foot for the opening few minutes with Alwanga and Keli giving the experienced central defensive partnership of skipper John Amboko and Arthur Museve much food for thought.

Jimmy Bageya, Sila Aluvisia, Eric Muranda and Justus Basweti, all experienced journeymen, were reduced to looking on in awe as the ebullient KCB frontline tore apart Bye Wadde's charges.

It was ironic that the opening goal came from the first meaningful foray forward by City Stars who stormed upfront, winning a corner from which Keli started a counterattack that ended with him speeding past goalkeeper Ronny Kagunzi and passing the ball to Benjamin Chaka who unselfishly passed the ball to Alwanga who did the rest to give KCB a 1-0 lead.

From then on it looked a huge task for City Stars to come back into the game. Matters were not helped in the 24th minute when Keli again sped down the right forcing Dennis Nganga to foul him in the box giving the referee little option but to point to the spot. Owuor, rewarded with the captain's armband, calmly slotted past Kagunzi.

If City Stars thought it could not get worse they were wrong. Six minutes later the game was put beyond them. It came as John Makwata and Bageya exchanged passes only to be robbed by Mzito Oyando who floated an inch perfect cross from where Keli had the easy task of guiding the ball into the net away from the onrushing Kagunzi.

In the 34th minute as the floodgates threatened to unlock, Alwanga added a fourth again taking advantage of some slack defending to get between Amboko and Museve and dispatch the ball beyond the reach of the City Stars custodian for a healthy 4-0 lead at the break.

Wadde's men came back more determined in the second half and created several half chances with substitute Andrew Ongwae shooting wide and Bageya also failing to get his effort to test Sammy Okinda watching goal for the bankers. It was Owuor who could have added a fifth for KCB had his cross not come off the crossbar.

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