Ulinzi Stars managed to fight and secure a point in their match against Gor Mahia in what was termed the biggest game of the weekend as the two sides faced off in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday 30 November.
The match, pitting the two best defensive sides in the league, failed to produce the expected spark and at the close of 90 minutes, it was a goalless draw with either side seemingly satisfied with that.
As expected, Gor Mahia started the stronger of the two but missing skipper Kenneth Muguna was glaring as they were limited to attacking from the flanks. Most of their threats going forward were well dealt with.
Ulinzi were content with soaking in the pressure and attacking on the counter, which they did well, with a threat of their own too going forward. However, both sets of keepers, Timothy Odhiambo of Ulinzi and Gor’s Boniface Oluoch were not given a good test.
At one point Enosh Ochieng seemed to have broken through after Ulinzi won the ball in midfield but the flag was raised just as he was about to pull the trigger.
Oscar Wamalwa had the best chance of the first half when he got on the end of another counter attack after a low cross from Harun Mwale but when he needed to relax and slot in, he went for a first time shot and blasted wide.
Gor resumed stronger in the second period and especially at the introduction of Boniface Omondi for the ineffective Gislain Yikpe and while he brought in good pressure, with Lawrence Juma also pulling strings, Ulinzi Stars found it very easy to deal with the threat as they defended in numbers.
The result still leaves Gor at the top of the KPL standings now with 25 points and with a game in hand while Ulinzi move up to 4th with 18 points, that though is subject to change with the round still yet to conclude.