Posta Rangers have retained their Kenya Premier League status for next season after a 1-1 draw against Nairobi Stima in the second-leg of the Playoffs played on Wednesday afternoon at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
Francis Nambute's early goal was cancelled out by Brian Musa's strike in the second half, as both teams battled to an entertaining battle.
The Mailmen had won the first leg 2-1 at the Karuturi Grounds on Saturday 15th, giving them a 3-2 aggregate win.
Rangers' blistering start
Just like the first leg when they led inside five minutes, Rangers had a dream start in Machakos after taking the lead inside three minutes through Nambute, who tapped in from six yards after the keeper had punched Felix Olouch’s shot onto his path.
There was little action through the first half though, as both teams struggled to take control of the match.
On the 22nd minute, however, Rangers almost extended their lead, when Mercelus Ingotsi cut back to Brian Osumba, whose shot was cleared off the line for a corner.
Stima hit back with an attack of their own and almost drew level on the 26th minute when Levian Ochieng found Brian Musa who beautifully volleyed from outside the box but his cross hit the crossbar and scampered out for a goal kick.
The remaining 20 minutes of the half were devoid of much action, as Rangers held on to go into the break leading 1-0.
Stima pull level
Stima made their intentions known immediately after the start of the second half, and pulled level three minutes after the restart with Shela Mandela’s cross finding Dennis Oalo who tapped into the top corner for a 1-1 score.
The match sprung into life in the second half, with both teams attacking in an end-to-end display.
Stima could have scored the second in the 66th minute, but Victor Omune missed a glaring chance after Gradus Ochieng had collided with Shikokoti in mid-air as he came to collect the ball, which fell to Omune who failed to find the open target.
There was little action afterwards, as Rangers held on to retain their status in the Kenya Premier League.