Kisumu Day High School student Benson Ochieng Omalla opened his Kenyan Premier League (KPL) account with a late goal for Western Stima as they dispatched Kenya Commercial Bank FC 1-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Monday 25 November.
After a barren opening half, Coach Salim Babu threw in the youngster in the place of Hassan Kikoyo and this change paid off well just before the final whistle went.
The two teams matched each other evenly, with possession play in the midfield with little threats of attack. In the 18th minute, Stima thought they had taken the lead but Hassan Kikoyo’s goal would be ruled offside.
The Ugandan would show up again eight minutes later from a wide area and sent a tricky volley towards Joseph Okoth who parried it out for a corner.
KCB would have to wait till the closing stages of the first half for a first real threat at goal when an unchecked Ian Mutanda tasked Samuel Odhiambo with a brilliant save. This was in the 38th minute and the teams went to the break in a tie.
Second half changes
In the second half, Coach Babu withdrew Hassan Kikoyo and Lucas Weitere for Benson Omalla and Henry Onyango. The first would pay off massively with a 91st-minute goal past Okoth.
Oromchan Villa had himself with just the goalkeeper to beat at the hour mark but Joseph Okoth had narrowed his angles well and ensured the Ugandan struck right at his chest and the ball went out for a corner kick.
Coach Zedekiah Otieno, perhaps also wanting more than just a draw from the match, withdrew Ian Mutanda and Benson Amianda- the duo’s places being taken by Stephen Waruru and Simon Abuko.
The Bankers’ pace upfront doubled up and Stima had to up their concentration at the back with the newly introduced duo prodding from either flank. This they did well, but it would be Stima win an open chance in the 70th minute when Omalla found himself with just Okoth to beat, the KCB keeper- pulling an identical save to the first one against Villa, kept the visitors in the game.
Now it looked as though the tie was settled evenly, but Omalla wanted more- outpacing the KCB defense, the youngster lobbed the ball over Okoth in the 91st minute. It was all over and Stima held on to win 1-0.
The victory takes Stima to 17 points from 10 matches and they stay 10th on the log and undefeated at home. KCB will stay in 6th position on 18 points.