By Kevin Otieno
KCB FC will play top tier football for the first time in three years after they got the win they needed to confirm their status as the runners up in the 2018 National Super League (NSL).
The Bankers, relegated from the Kenyan Premier League in 2015, went into their early morning clash against FC Talanta at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds, knowing that victory will secure them promotion with a game to spare.
Talanta were doggy as they refused to be bullied and held against their own in an entire half that ended barren.
In fact, the game seemed headed for a stalemate as the right hand of the clock ushered in the 80th minute, only for the Bankers to finally click.
Centerhalf Dennis Gicheru had the men in green up in celebration as he pounced on a devilish cross from Dennis Mbugua to give his side the lead.
The job was accomplished in stoppage time as former AFC Leopards winger Simon Munala Abuko converted a penalty after a foul of Samuel Mwangi by Brian Okeyo.
The 2-0 victory puts the Bankers on 75 points ahead of the final day of the season. It means that Nairobi Stima and Ushuru FC will fight for third spot, which comes with the opportunity to play the 16th-placed team in the KPL with the winner of the two-legged fixture getting promoted or demoted.