Western Stima FC had to come from behind to dispatch visiting Bandari FC in a rescheduled Kenyan Premier League (KPL) round 8 match played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.
Going down through an Abdalla Hasssan strike in the first half, Stima regrouped and staged a comeback that lasted four minutes and included three goals. They ran out 3-1 winners in the 3 pm kick-off tie.
Danston Chetambe was the first with an attempt on goal when in the 8th minute, found space outside the hosts’ 18-yard area and attempted a half volley. This went narrowly over the bar with Samuel Odhiambo’s eyes keenly monitoring the ball’s every trajectory.
Bandari again came five minutes later, this time, Wycliffe Ochomo forcing Odhiambo into a point-blank stop at the near-post after Stima had failed to deal with a corner kick.
Possession evened out for both teams, with Stima heavily restricted from accessing Bandari’s 18-yard area. Oromchan Villa thought he had broken free in the 15th minute but a recovering Brian Otieno stopped his attempted shot just in time.
The opener came at the half-hour mark- as Hassan Abdallah rose just in time to head home a Fred Nkata cross.
The Dockers took the slim lead into the break.
The second half began with a huge swing to Stima’s favor. Just two minutes after the restart, a Fred Nkata handball in the box would mean the hosts got a chance to equalize and keeper Samuel Odhiambo did just that- scoring his second of the season.
Calm hadn’t restored yet when Robert Achema, out wide on Stima’s right of the attack, sent in a delivery that at first seemed harmless. It, however, was not harmless as Brian Otieno deflected it into his own net. Stima had netted twice under 90 seconds.
In the 52nd minute, it was Baron Oketch’s turn to stretch their lead when he raced in time for an Achema cross, did stepover past Felly Mulumba and fired at the far-post for 3-1.
Coach Salim Babua threw in James Ogada for Hassan Kikoyo and Bernard Mwalala responded by bringing in Shaban Kenga for Danstan Chetambe. Kasuti Cliff would soon follow in for Darius Msagha as the Dockers fought to improve on their stance in the game.
A sturdy Stima backline marshalled by Kennedy Owino and Mukisa Joseph ensured no more goals were scored as the tie ended 3-1.