BY STEVE AYOO
Vihiga United’s two-year stay in the Kenyan Premier League has come to an end after a 2-1 home defeat to Western Stima confirmed their relegation.
After a barren first half, Vihiga’s regular goal finder Amos Kigadi gave them a vital 53rd minute lead that gave their fans at the Mumias Sports Complex some hope.
They seemed headed for victory with ten minutes remaining, only for Stima to net twice in quick succession.
Kennedy Otieno drew Stima level, tucking home substitute Kevin Okoth’s pass in the 81st minute.
A minute later, Okoth sliced open the Vihiga defence one again as he fed Henry Onyango who netted Stima’s second.
A desperate Vihiga pushed for an equalizer but they ran out of time, the defeat confirming their position in the draw for the 2019-20 National Super League (NSL) season.
Vihiga’s automatic relegation comes as a welcome relief to Posta Rangers, Chemelil Sugar and Zoo FC, the other three teams who were in danger of facing the chop.
Zoo edged Kakamega Homeboyz 3-2 at home to move level on points with 14th-placed Posta, leaving 16th-placed Chemelil in the relegation/promotion playoff position ahead of this Wednesday’s final round of matches.
Zoo, who got their goals through Danson Chetambe and Derrick Anami’s double, will be away to KCB FC, Chemelil will host Sony Sugar while Posta will visit Tusker FC on the final matchday.