Ulinzi Stars rose to third place in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) log after notching a 3-2 win over Western Stima in the two sides’ clash at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday 12 January.
Hosts Ulinzi took the lead via Boniface Okinyi in the fourth minute after Stima failed to clear a Daniel Waweru corner that was helped on by Oscar Wamalwa’s header and a slight touch from goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo.
However, a rare defensive lapse from the home side allowed Villa Oromchan space in the box and he rose to head home the equalizer in the 16th minute. Another poor decision in the Ulinzi defence saw Benson Omalla tear right in the heart of defence to slot past Jacktone Odhiambo though he seemed offside.
By then, Ulinzi Stars had already made one change, withdrawing Clinton Omondi for Michael Otieno and Otieno would come to the Soldiers’ rescue with the second goal in the 40th minute after Stima keeper failed to hold onto Oscar Wamalwa’s cross and Waweru’s fortuitous touch directed the ball to Otieno who had the easiest of tap ins to see the clash head to the break on a tie.
Ulinzi came back stronger in the second period and their second sub of the game did the magic as Ibrahim Shambi replaced Enosh Ochieng and with his first touch, picked John Kago’s run and Kago shot low and powerfully past Samuel Odhiambo for what would be the winner in the 74th minute.
In other matches played on the day, Kakamega Homeboyz pulled a great shocker at Bukhungu Stadium, hitting Gor Mahia 2-1 while Tusker FC came from behind, with debutant Brian Marita’s goal helping them beat Bandari 2-1 at Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa.
Wycliffe Ochomo gave Bandari the lead before Hashim Sempala leveled.