By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)
Thika United were given a rude sendoff as they played their final game in the Kenyan topflight, exiting the scene with a 5-1 defeat at Bandari United.
The Kiambu County side were relegated some four matches ago and although their clash at Mbaraki Grounds against Bandari was a dead rubber affair, the Dockers signed off their best ever league campaign in perfect style.
Thika stunned the hosts with an early opener as youngsterJames Kinyanjui collected a pass from veteran Hajji Mwachoki before beating golden glove winner Faruk Shikalo.
The hosts weren’t behind for long and were gifted the equalizer via an own goal, before Wycliffe Ochomo sunk home a header from Kenga King’atua’s cross at the stroke of half time, the Dockers taking a 2-1 lead at the break.
Yema Mwana stepped off the interval with a double as Thika seemed to suffer from the heat.
Victory ensured Bandari, who finish second for the first time in their history, gave their fans the perfect end to a glorious season which took a turn for the best once Bernard Mwalala joined the team from Nzoia United.
Also getting a rough sendoff were Wazito FC who were thumped 3-0 by Sony Sugar.
Meanwhile Nzoia secured another season in the topflight with a 2-0 win against AFC Leopards. Nzoia needed a win to ensure they didn’t go for a relegation play-off, and win they did.
Nakumatt were the unlucky side who finished in a play-off spot after losing 2-0 at Vihiga United who secured safety with the result.
Melis Medo’s side will play a two-legged play-off match against the team that finishes third in the second tier National Super League (NSL), likely to be Nairobi Stima or Ushuru FC.