Sunday, 4 November 2012

Rangers condemned to relegation

By Fred Maingi
 Rangers Fc were  finally confined to relegation after they were  held to a barren draw by Nairobi City Stars in a Tusker Premier League(TPL) tie staged at the Nairobi City Stadium.
   It was a  bad day in office for the  relegation bound side who dominated the entire match creating chance after another but could  not translate any .
    Rangers best chance came in the 82nd minute  when Edwin Ombasa rasping shot from the danger zone kissed the crossbar  with City Stars custodian Ronnie Kagunzi well beaten.
 Earlier  in the 50th minute,Ombasa goal-bound shot was saved by Kagunzi with his  leg before the ball crossed the line.
   City Stars were later reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute when Simon Ogutu was shown his marching orders after he hacked down Rangers  second half substitute Mike Ochieng who had to stretched to the touchline  for further medical check-up.
   Rangers who needed to win the match at all cost forced several fruitless corners forcing their Gambian born coach Bye Malleh Wadda  to rest Mark Makwata and Ken Tumusiime .He brought in Mark Ongwae and David Kingartua who brought more  fighting spirit upfront.
    The change almost paid  off when Kingatua failed to tap in Arthur Museve’s  cross  with a yawning net smiling in front of him .Rangers last match is against  Tusker while Rangers have a date against Oserian at the latter’s ground next weekend.
   Rangers are still rooted at the basement (15th spot) with 24 points while City Stars are stuck in 13th spot with 29 points respectively but are assured of participating in the Premier League come next season.
  In other League matches, AFC Leopards climbed to the top of the League with 57 points after mauling Mathare United 4-2 at the Mumias Sports complex .In Naivasha, Karuturi FC were held to a barren draw by Ulinzi Stars.

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