Ten-man Kakamega Homeboyz overcome Ulinzi Stars as Talanta hold wasteful Nzoia

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FKFPL Ten-man Kakamega Homeboyz overcome Ulinzi Stars as Talanta hold wasteful Nzoia

Festus Chuma 17:27 - 10.03.2024

Abana Abeingo recorded a win at their new home, the Mumias Sports Complex, while Talanta, who had suspended coach Ken Kenyatta, secured a point away to Nzoia Sugar.

Kakamega Homeboyz climbed into the seventh spot on the FKF Premier League table courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Ulinzi Stars at the Mumias Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.

Abana Abeingo went into the game on the back of two consecutive draws in the league, having been held 1-1 by Talanta and 0-0 by AFC Leopards.

Kakamega Homeboyz saw plenty of the ball in the opening 45 minutes and had the first sniff at goal when Hillary Otieno steered a shot wide of the left post on 12 minutes after getting on the end of Glen Otunga's cross.

Ulinzi Stars' Shannel Makwatta went close for in 24th with a free-kick from the left side of the field. The defender hit the ball sweetly but James Ssetuba was up to the task and tipped the ball out for a corner.

Makwatta went close again ten minutes later with a free-kick from just outside the box. The Strathmore University almuni effort took a slight deflection and just passed Ssetuba's right hand post.

However, Homeboyz hit the front with their first real chance of the game at the stroke of halft time as Hillary Otieno slotted home to make it 1-0.

Ulinzi were presented with a golden opportunity to restore parity moments after the restart but Issa Lumumba shot went over the bar.

Ssettuba denied Javan Omondi at the 51-minute mark as Ulinzi continued to push for an equaliser.

Five minutes later, Brian Chala made it 2-0 when he reacted and tapped the ball in with Eston Omengo providing the assist.

Bernard Ongoma narrowly missed the target for Ulinzi Stars with a long-range attempt in the 64th minute, while John Kago directed his header just to the left of the goal from a corner in the 68th minute.

Masita Masuta also went close with a header that drifted just beyond the left post from Glenn Wafula's cross in the 72nd minute, much to the relief of Ssetuba in the home side goal.

Vincent Ogola tried to make an attempt from outside the box as he made contact with Mark Bikokwa's cross in the 85th minute, but was unable to beat Wanyika.

A minute later, the hosts were reduced to ten men as Salim Odeka received his second booking of the match.

Abana Abeingo held on in the closing stages to complete a double against the Soldiers, whom they had beaten 1-0 in the first leg of the season in November last year.

Nzoia 1-1 FC Talanta 

Mike Mururi's tenure as Nzoia Sugar FC's head coach began on a negative note as the Sugar Millers were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by FC Talanta at Sudi Stadium.

Mururi will, however, take consolation from the fact that his side dominated the match and with a bit of luck Nzoia could have bagged maximum points.

Nzoia were caught off guard in the 11th minute of the game when Tanui Emoni found the back of the net, finishing off a loose ball that the hosts' defense failed to clear.

From that moment on Nzoia created three clear-cut chances with five other attempts going wide in the first 45 minutes in which they dominated possession.

After numerous attempts, Nzoia equalized through second half subsitute Joseph Oyugi who capitalized on a lose ball to beat Isaiah Wakasala and his defense in the 61st minute.

Talanta nearly found a winning goal in the 78th minute when Herman Ngala struck the cross bar before Ian Omondi failed to score from the subsequent rebound.

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