In a closely contested Football Kenya Federation Premier League match, Nairobi City Stars secured a crucial victory against Kakamega Homeboyz.
Nairobi City Stars pulled off another massive upset by beating Kakamega Homeboyz 1-0 at Bukhungu Stadium on Friday afternoon in a Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) match.
After a quiet opening phase, Homeboyz came up with the first notable effort on goal, as Davis Kasirye let fly a right-footed shot which forced goalkeeper Edwin Mukolwe into a sharp save on the 10 minute mark.
Minutes later, City Stars midfielder Vincent Owino caught Brian Chala in possession and looked set to open the scoring, but the Homeboyz defender recovered to make a last-gasp challenge and spare his own blushes.
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Simba wa Nairobi had to wait until the 29th minute for their first clear scoring chance, with a ball falling kindly for Samuel Kapen, but he blazed a shot high and wide on the turn.
Abana Abeingo also had the final attacking highlight of the first half, with Enock Masinza striking narrowly off target from long range, but the interval arrived with the teams locked at 0-0.
The start of the second half saw Homeboyz introduce midfielder Gospel Otieno, who came in for Eston Omengo, as they looked to break the deadlock.
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City Stars were struggling to deal with Homeboyz’s aerial prowess from set pieces, and it took a fantastic reaction save from Mukolwe to deny Kakamega Homeboyz the opener.
However, the deadlock was broken by the visitors in the 61st minute when Clifford Ouma's powerful shot was punched by goalkeeper James Ssetuba, and the rebound was found by Wycliffe Omondi, who sent it into the back of the net.
Homeboyz pressed on as the 70th minute approached and took the game to City Stars , giving the likes of Edwin Buliba and Timothy Muganda a number of questions to answer.
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The home side had the chance to level matters with around 10 minutes to go, Moses Mudavadi found himself in a position to square the ball across the area with Shami Kibwana lurking in the area. However, the attacker opted to have a go himself but his effort went wide of the mark.
City Stars persistence in winning the ball high up the pitch nearly paid off during the closing stages of the match, as the visitors committed mistakes in trying to pass the ball out of their penalty area.
The game ended in a 1-0 victory for coach Nicholas Muyoti’s men, while Homeboyz failed to climb to the second spot on the table.
How they lined up:
Kakamega Homeboyz: James Ssetuba, Erick Ambunya, Enock Masinza, Brian Chala, Portipher Odhiambo, Estone Esiye, Moses Mudavadi, Hilary Otieno, Davis Kasirye, Ambrose Sifuna, Moses Shumah
Nairobi City Stars: Edwin Mukolwe, Edwin Buliba, Calvins Masawa, Timothy Muganda, Wycliff Omondi, Elvis Noor, Clifford Otieno, Vincent Owino, Samuel Kapen, Mohamed Ali, Robinson Asemwa