Kariobangi Sharks, fresh from the newly acquired sponsorship by betting company Betway, could not withstand the Ulinzi Stars heat in the two sides’ Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani, falling 4-2 in the Round 10 fixture.
Sydney Lokale opened the scoring for Sharks but three quickfire goals from Elvis Nandwa and Oscar Wamalwa killed off the clash as a contest before Erick Kapaito pulled one back in the second half but Harun Mwale extinguished all hopes of a leveler with a last minute goal.
A quick start to the game had Sharks prowling the most but could not pierce through the Ulinzi Stars defence and when the visitors broke forward, they could not make use of two open chances.
First, Omar Boraafya was picked out by Daniel Waweru and cut in well before shooting powerfully but the attempt flew wide in the 11th minute. A minute later, Wamalwa came face to face with Sharks keeper John Oyemba but the keeper prevailed.
Ulinzi were punished for their wastefulness at that point as Lokale, albeit seemingly offside, slotted past an exposed Timothy Odhiambo to give the osts the lead.
The lead lasted just three minutes. Daniel Waweru played in a free kick after a foul on John Kago, picking out Elvis Nandwa’s head and the midfielder did well to power the ball past Oyemba.
The second for Ulinzi would come in the 35th minute, this time Kago providing a fine pinpoint cross to Wamalwa who had an easy tap in past an exposed Oyemba.
At the stroke of half time, Wamalwa struck again, and in lovely fashion this time. Omar Boraafya slid in a great pass and the forward dummied Peter Kyata to create space right in front of an exposed Oyemba once again and he fired in a lovely goal on the far right.
Half time lead
With a 3-1 lead going to the break, the job was halfway done for Ulinzi Stars but Kapaito was introduced in the second half and threw the hosts some hope after turning in the box to fire past Odhiambo.
At 3-2, Sharks threw bodies forward but it cam to be their undoing, as late in the clash, Harun Mwale overlapped well and received a lofted pass from Elvis Nandwa to lob an advancing Oyemba.
The win saw Ulinzi Stars rise to second on the log with 19 points while Sharks drop to 16th with seven points from 10 matches.