Nairobi City Stars share spoils with Kariobangi Sharks in drab encounter

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FKFPL Nairobi City Stars share spoils with Kariobangi Sharks in drab encounter

Festus Chuma 17:43 - 02.03.2024

City Stars and Kariobangi Sharks battled to a goalless draw in a tightly contested FKF Premier League match in South C, Nairobi.

Nairobi City Stars dropped two more points after being held to a goalless draw by Kariobangi Sharks in a FKF Premier League clash played on Saturday afternoon at the Police Sacco Stadium.

The draw saw the Simba wa Nairobi climb up to fourth place on the league standings, while Sharks remained 15th on the log.

The match got off to a lively start with both teams launching attacks with City Stars goalkeeper Edwin Mukwole denying Fortune Omotto in the opening minutes.

At the other end, Kariobangi Sharks shot-stopper Sepstianos Wekesa produced a decent save to deny Samuel Kapen as the visitors looked to break the deadlock.

The Simba wa Nairobi took control of the match towards the half-hour mark, but they were struggling to penetrate the Sharks defense.

The hosts resorted to long-range shots with, Leonlevitt Otieno trying his luck from distance in the 40th minute and his attempt was well-saved by Mukolwe.

This served as a wake-up call for City Stars, who then pushed forward in numbers and they were awarded a free-kick in a promising area.

However, the set piece was cleared away by Sharsk's lanky defender Kevin Onesmas to ensure that the first half ended with the two teams locked at 0-0.

The two teams struggled to create goalscoring opportunities after the restart and both sides gave away possession cheaply in the final third.

Timothy Muganda and Shem Odinga were introduced by City Stars head coach Nicholas Muyoti in the 56th minute as the hosts looked to break the deadlock.

Sharks remained solid and compact at the back, and their head coach William Muluya brought on youngster Mathew Kibiwott.

Muluya was looking to use his physique to unsettle the City Stars' defence and grab a late winning goal for the Sharks.

However, City Stars were able to contain the experienced marksman in the dying minutes of the match and ultimately, the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

How they lined up:

Kariobangi Sharks: Sepstianos Wekesa, Kevin Onesmas, Julius Masaba, Biron Otieno, Ian Taifa, Timothy Ekhavi, Izaak Otieno, Geoffrey Onyango, Fortune Omotto, Andreas Odhiambo, Leonlevitt Otieno

Nairobi City Stars: Edwin Mukolwe, Rowland Makati, Calvins Opollo, Idah Sosthenes, Wycliff Omondi, Clifford Otieno, Abuyeka Kubasu, Vincent Owino, Ali Mohamed, Samuel Kapen, Robinson Asemwa

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