Otanga brace lifts SoNy Sugar over Western Stima

SoNy Sugar were 2-0 winners over hosts Western Stima FC in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) round 26 encounter played on Saturday 27 April at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

AFC Leopards target Derrick Otanga rose off the bench to fire home two goals in the second half to begin Salim Babu's tenure as head coach with a loss.

The win lifts the millers up one place to 7th on the standings with 38 points while Stima, who have not won now in 13 consecutive matches, remain in 14th place with 27 points, six points above the drop zone.

Early pressing

The home side Stima pressed early for an opening in the first five minutes but Clifford Omondi's first touch let him down having been set beautifully by Kelvin Okoth.

SoNy responded from their right defensive flank when right-back Kevin Musotsi orchestrated a spirited run that ended with him laying the ball across the Stima goalmouth. His forwards, unfortunately, hadn't arrived and the ball rolled across begging for a simple tap-in.

What followed next was a cagey affair from both teams with possession mainly in the midfield.

SoNy however did come agonizingly close to opening the scoring but youngster Tobias Omondi's 41st-minute free-kick bounced off the crossbar with keeper Samuel Odhiambo well beaten.

On the other end, three minutes later, Erastus Mwaniki could have sent the hosts one up but his right foot effort from a Mukisa Junior free-kick went way off the mark.

The half would end goalless.

Otanga introduction

Coach Patrick Odhiambo withdrew Daniel Otieno for Otanga upon resumption and by some genius stroke- this bore the team the long-awaited goal. 

In the 65th minute, Otanga got himself in between Clifford Omondi and Mukisa and won a long ball sent out before lobbing it over keeper Odhiambo who had come off his line to score his first goal.

Stima came off the ropes looking to equalize and dully earned a free-kick just outside the visitors' box. Mukisa and Kennedy Otieno stood behind the ball but the diminutive Ugandan's effort bounced off the wall before flying out for a corner.

Otanga then showed up late in the game, rounding off keeper Odhiambo and slotting into an empty net for goal number two.

2-0 it ended in favor of SoNy Sugar as coach Salim Babu began his Western Stima tenure on a wrong footing against his former side.