Kariobangi Sharks rallied from two goals down to draw 3-3 with Ulinzi Stars at Afraha Stadium in a Wednesday 22 May Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Round 32 clash.
A quick exchange of goals had Ulinzi Stars up 3 – 1 in the opening 25 minutes of the game but quickfire goals from Sharks deep in the second half ensured the tie ended in shared spoils.
Elvis Nandwa handed Ulinzi a fourth minute lead after latching on a faulty touch from Churchill Muloma who had miscued a cross from Oscar Wamalwa.
With space in and Gad Mathew exposed, Nandwa fired low for the opening goal. That however lasted just two minutes as Erick Juma, on the other end, stole in to flick home a Harrison Mwendwa corner, restoring parity.
Ulinzi Stars gave the perfect response, with Churchill Muloma firing a stunner from 25 yards out, the ball dipping just behind Gad to restore the hosts’ lead in the 21st minute.
In the 24th minute, Ulinzi’s advantage was stretched when Boniface Okinyi benefited from a poorly cleared ball, to fire from close range for the third goal.
Wamalwa had two good opportunities to extend the hosts’ lead but shot straight at Gad when well placed, before firing wide another open chance.
Sharks made tactical changes n the second half, one of them seeing Julius Masaba replace Harrison Mwendwa and that particular one prove a master stroke.
With Sharks’ confidence and possession growing in the second period Masaba’s runs proved hard to track for the home side and after forcing a fingertip save from Saruni in the 66th minute, he got it right in the 73rd, picking Duke Abuya’s pass to curl past Saruni.
Masaba was on hand again in the 75th minute, racing in well to head Vincent Wasambo’s cross for the equalizer.
Ulinzi’s search for the seventh goal of the game saw Daniel Waweru hit the bar from Brian Birgen’s cross and on the other end, George Abege hit the post as Sharks went for a late winner.
Gad had to make two great saves to deny Omar Mbongi and Ezekiel Okare late on and the sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.