Gritty Homeboyz pick hard fought win over Ulinzi Stars in Kakamega

Kakamega Homeboyz played second fiddle to Ulinzi Stars for a good part of the two sides’ Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match at Bukhungu Stadium before picking a 1 – 0 win.

Moses Mudavadi scored the lone goal in the 68th minute, against the run of play and off a great curling ball that picked a deflection on its way to wrong-footing Ulinzi Stars keeper James Saruni before settling well at the back of the net.

Slow start

The match had a slow start, marked by duels in midfield and very little goal mouth action. There wasn’t much for the keeper’s to stop in way of attacks until the 13th minute when Ulinzi forward Elvis Nandwa stole the ball from George Odiwuor but his low shot was turned around by David Juma.

John Njuguna had a close shave as well with a low shot that brought the best of Juma as well in the 17th minute and two minutes later Daniel Waweru pulled a good save from Juma with a powerful delivery from a freekick.

Homeboyz fashioned their first attack in the 26th minute, when defender Sosthenes Idah got to the end of a sweeping move and poked goalward only for Saruni to make an easy save.

Ulinzi thought they had earned a penalty in the 41st minute after going down in the box from Idah’s challenge but referee Samuel Mwaura was not moved.

Juma saves

In the 57th minute, Juma was forced to make another good save to deny Nandwa who had been set through by Enosh and on the other end Peter Thiongo rose to head on target Mudavadi’s cross but only planted it in Saruni’s hands.

Ulinzi introduced Oscar Wamalwa and he had an immediate impact, forcing Juma to a low save in the 64th minute, and Juma was beaten by Brian Birgen two minutes later as Ulinzi piled pressure but Odiwuor raced back to clear the goal bound effort.

Sucker punch

The sucker punch would come in the 68th minute, when Mudavadi spotted Saruni off his line and lobbed a great curler goalwards, which took a deflection on the way and calmly landed behind the keeper for the lone goal in the game.

No amount of pressure from the visitors would see them pick at least a point here, as they took home a fifth loss of the season.