Ulinzi Stars comeback stuns Sony at Afraha

A stunning second half show from Ulinzi Stars saw the Soldiers pick a maximum haul of points at Sony Sugar FC’s expense at Afraha Stadium in a 3 – 1 win on Saturday 28 September on Match Day 4 of the 2019/20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) campaign.

Laban Gambareko scored the opener for Sony against the run of play in the 18th minute of what turned to be a disappointing first half for the hosts, who twice hit the post through Enosh Ochieng and John Kago.

However, a fine showing in the second period, saw goals from Daniel Waweru, substitute Moses Mwangi and Enosh Ochieng win it for Ulinzi Stars.

Poor first half

A very underwhelming first half for Ulinzi Stars saw them dominate possession but lacked the cutting edge when going forward and after an 18th minute defensive blunder, they trailed to the break with heads bowed in disappointment.

They did hit the bar twice, with Enosh Ochieng first crashing it in the 33rd minute, before John Kago saw his effort bounce off in the 42nd.

Wasted chances

They had the same profligacy in the second period; Moses Mwangi was brought in for Ezekiel Okare and placed on the right flank, with Enosh Ochieng switching to the central attack.

Mwangi’s first contribution, a sumptuous cross, was missed by Enosh, whose movement also wrongfooted the keeper but Daniel Waweru at the far post couldn’t react in time and the ball went off for a goal kick.

Waweru would then miss the best chance of the game, in the 52nd minute, when he met Mwangi’s cross, and with a gaping net, but could only hit high.

It could have gotten worse for Ulinzi Stars in the 68th minute, as a rare foray forward for Sony Sugar ended in Salim Chacha hitting the bar after beating Timothy Odhiambo with a high shot.

The goals

Waweru would however redeem himself in the 71st minute, when he was felled 25 yards out, and stepped up to take the free kick, planting it expertly in the top right corner.

10 minutes after getting the equalizer, Waweru would step up to take another free kick, this time floating it into a crowded box and Mwangi, perhaps not spotted because of his height, headed in the second goal.

Enosh Ochieng wrapped up the business with a 90th minute goal after a poor defensive clearance was intercepted by Oscar Wamalwa, who unselfishly fed him the ball and he had the easiest of tasks, beating the last defender and the keeper with just one touch.