By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)
Joe Wathira scored either side of the half as Nakumatt eased past Ushuru FC 2-0 (3-0 aggregate) to win the Kenyan Premier League relegation/promotion playoff and maintain their status in the topflight.
Nakumatt took a 1-0 first leg lead into the rematch played at the Kasarani Stadium and were barely troubled by the taxman who paraded a comedy of errors instead of resilience and cutting edge which they needed if they were to turn the tie around.
Wathira netted a deserved opener midway into the half after a dominant start as he lobbed the ball over Kennedy Obwanda from Timonah Wanyonyi’s pass.
Cornelius Juma and Eugene Ambulwa both missed from point blank range as the barely troubled Nakumatt held just the one goal advantage at the break.
Ushuru created better chances after the break as Oscar Mbugua missed the bottom left by inches while sub Alex Sunga saw his dinked ball also miss the target by a fine margin, and another effort kiss the upright on its way out.
It was Nakumatt however who extinguished the tie as Wathira curled his second into the far post to seal the deal.
The defeat sees Ken Kenyatta’s side lose a promotion playoff match for a second successive season, having also fallen to Thika United 2-1 on aggregate next season.
Nakumatt meanwhile will embark on preparing for Melis Medo’s first full topflight season in charge, should he go the distance.
Meanwhile former league giants Shabana FC will be facing Ushuru and co in the second tier after winning their Division 1 playoff against Mwatate United.