Western Stima FC were 2-1 winners over their City rivals Kisumu All Stars in a round 4 Kenyan Premier League match played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu from 3 pm Kenyan time.
One apiece in the first half through Hassan Kikoyo and Michael Owino, Vitalis Akumu would produce all the magic for Salim Babu in the second half to see the Powermen bag all three points.
Western Stima started on a high, choosing to find leeways on the wide areas and in just the fourth minute, a searching ball from center-half Mukisa Joseph found All Stars right-back flat-footed with Hassan Kikoyo arriving to his blindside.
The Ugandan winger made no mistakes from his one-time effort upon meeting Mukisa’s ball beating Geoffrey Were at the far post.
The home side on the day- All Stars, had been rattled and they needed a quick response, this came ten minutes later with Michael Owino heading in a Jeconiah Ogendo cross from the left-wing. Goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo, despite having a hand to the header, could not keep it out as it hit the net for 1-1.
Possession evened out as Henry Omino’s All Stars tried to keep Salim Babu’s more experienced attack at bay. Two yellow cards would be the result of this very physical approach from All Stars as Captain Bobby Odida and Shadrack Omondi went into the referee’s book on yellow cards.
In the second half, Lucas Weitere paved way for Henry Onyango as Babu sought another breakthrough. It would be Villa Oromcan in the 50th minute with a one on one situation against Geoffrey Were but the All Stars keeper blocked his point-blank effort. Villa had himself sliced through the host defence.
Coach Omino responded by throwing in Billy Agai for Omondi Shadrack but again, it was All Stars on the backfoot with another close chance for Stima.
Hassan Kikoyo was almost up in celebration after his 54th minute close-range shot beat Were, it would however not beath the crossbar and bounced back kindly for Seth Oyugi who cleared it.
In the 63rd minute, Stima Left-Back Vitalis Akumu started what looked like a harmless run from his own half and went diagonally as All Stars watched. Having found himself out wide on the right, Henry Onyango set him further free and he struck a half shot half cross into Were’s area. Everyone watched as it went all the way in, and All Stars stood bewildered.
Late efforts from the home side to at least grab a point from the tie proved futile as Salim Babu’s men recorded their second win on the bounce. All Stars stay without a win four matches into the season.