Wazito FC’s on field troubles continued into Match Day 17 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) as they were beaten 1-0 by Ulinzi Stars at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Wednesday 8 January.
Oscar Wamalwa, who is enjoying fine form, scored the only goal of the game at the stroke of half time to hand Wazito their ninth loss of the season and Ulinzi the eighth win of the campaign.
Going to the match on the back of a big fight but a loss, to Gor Mahia in their last match, Wazito, with new faces from mid season expenditures, hoped to not just pick three points but also be the first to beat Ulinzi Stars at home this season.
However, their start was showed nothing close to that. They struggled from the opening whistle with goalkeeper Kevin Onyango coming to their rescue on at least three occasions, saving from Ibrahim Shambi, Oscar Wamalwa and Enosh Ochieng.
A dominant Ulinzi Stars had very little in form of threat at their goal but they should have also taken the lead earlier.
Musa Masika created space for himself with clever runs and dummies before firing wide and Derrick Otanga failed to take advantage of a rare mistake from the Ulinzi defence before Bonaventure Muchika slid in to clear.
Wazito rode their luck but just up to the 44th minute, when a cross from Daniel Waweru was poorly cleared and landed at Shambi, who set through Wamalwa and the striker made no mistake from close range.
Wazito were a different side in the second half, pushing forward more but discipline at the back saw them create very few openings with Muchika and Boniface Andayi marshaling the back line.
Andayi would later miss Ulinzi’s best chance in front of goal as he rose to meet Waweru’s corner with a free header. He inexplicably headed wide.
On the other end, Musa Masika, one of the best performers on the day, had the best chance for Wazito in the 88th minute as he found space at the edge of the box. He shot low and on target, for the first time breaching the defence but not goalkeeper Jacktone Odhiambo, who put out a big hand to smother the danger.