Vihiga United have been promoted to the Kenyan Premier League top-tier after beating Kisumu All-Stars 5-3 on penalties.
Kisumu Allstars headed into the clash with an advantage after securing a 2-1 victory in the first leg thanks to Willis Otenda's brace. Dennis Wafula managed to reduce the deficit for Vihiga United that turned out to be a consolation.
All-Stars doubled their advantage just before half time through Erick Otieno but Dennis Wafula reduced the deficit. In the second half, Patrick Okulo leveled the tie from the spot forcing the playoff to go to penalties. Sammy Okoth's men scored all the penalties with the Otenga missing two that saw the Kisumu based side relegated to the NSL.
All-Stars started well, making an early attempt through Nelson Amunga who drove the ball outside the area but couldn't find the back of the net. Some minutes Vihiga started good movement upfront but the hosts seemed settled at the back as they were not in hurry for goals.
Just before half time, Erick Otieno opened the scoring for Kisumu All-Stars after he was set-up by Steve Otieno, giving the hosts a double advantage in the second leg. Vihiga had a quick response thanks to Dennis Wafula's close ranger head that kept them on the game.
In the second half, Vihiga took the lead for the first time and it was Patrick Okulo's strike, with the midfielder converting from the spot after All-Stars were penalized due to Jeconia Ogendo's handball inside the danger zone.
All-Stars earned had earned a promotion at the end of the 2018/19 campaign but their first season in the top flight was tough. They were forced to steer to the playoffs in order to remain in the league having secured eight points, where they picked two wins, two draws while suffering 12 defeats before the league was canceled in May due to coronavirus pandemic.
United has become the first team ever from the NSL to win promotion to the top-tier via the playoffs.
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