Western Stima Football Club will have to wait a little longer to rekindle their initially impressive start to the season after being held to a 0-0 draw by Kenya Commercial Bank in a week 9 Kenyan Premier League match played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu from 3 pm.
50 miles away in Bukhungu Stadium, hosts Vihiga United recorded their 6th draw of the season after being held to a barren stalemate by visiting Nzoia Sugar FC. Vihiga are now win-less in seven league matches.
In Kisumu, David Ojwang’s 17th minute header from a Luke Ochieng throw-in was the closest either team got in the opening exchanges. Having risen high, the Stima captain couldn’t trouble Zamu Adisa in goal for the bankers.
Warambo Bethuel’s response was a an inch over the bar in the 28th minute, the KCB center-back having gotten himself on the end of a beautifully floated in Clinton Kisiavuki free-kick. Four minutes later, Hurbert Kopany though he had given the hosts the lead but Adisa’s quick reflexes denied his long range effort after getting on the end of a John Mwita cross.
KCB would have the last say of the half in terms of attack, when Kennedy Owino- in hone of his traditional breakaways found himself with only Samuel Odhiambo to beat but the veteran goalkeeper stopped him in his tracks as both teams went into the breather tied.
Simon Abuko will have himself to blame for missing arguably KCB’s clearest chance at the hour mark. Having done well to arrive on Stima’s defensive blind side, the former AFC Leopards man could not find the target from a Bolton Omwenga cross with only two yards between him and the goalpost.
Coach Paul Ogai would withdraw brothers John Mwita and Laban Gambareko and in came Baron Jobita and Kennedy Otieno. Ogai’s opposite number Frank Ouna himself took our Ezekiel Odera for Benson Amianda and Collins Wendo in for Shami Mwinyi albeit at intervals of ten minutes.
By the 75th minute, Stima had camped around the KCB half angling for a lead. Their visitors patiently waited for the breaks.
With both teams defending resolutely in the last ten minutes of the game, spoils were inevitably shared as coach Ogai and Ouna shared the spoils for the day.