Ulinzi Stars survive All Stars scare to pick three points

Ulinzi Stars returned to winning ways after a four-match lull, with a 3-2 win over Kisumu All Stars in a Match Day 22 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday 23 February.

While they went to the clash as firm favorites, what came from the game, especially in the second half would pose a different picture.

A bullish first half saw Ulinzi Stars race to a fifth minute lead after Masita Masuta stole in to finish off an initial shot from Daniel Waweru that was poorly handled by goalkeeper Gad Mathew. In the 27th minute, the soldiers doubled the lead after Bernard Ongoma pounced on a poorly cleared corner floated in by John Njuguna.

The first 12 minutes of the second half would however see Ulinzi Stars asked serious questions by their visitors, and their answers were all wrong.

Right at the restart, All Stars raced in and John Owira took on Bonaventure Muchika who stuck a leg out to stop him, ineligibly. A yellow card was flushed out by referee Hosea Omondi, who had already pointed to the spot.

Gerishom Arabe stepped up to take the penalty and sent James Saruni the wrong way.

Another bout of poor defending saw Ulinzi Stars allow a floated ball in, from the right to get to the mobile Michael Owino, and he needed just one touch to beat an exposed Saruni.

At 2-2, the visitors even threatened and it only took one moment of magic from Masuta, to rise highest and head home a cross from Harun Mwale in the 69th minute. That would prove to be the winner but for the hosts, it was a win with muted celebration.

Meanwhile, at Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega Homeboyz whacked Chemelil Sugar 6-0 as Gor Mahia rose from down to beat Zoo FC 3-2. Tusker FC drew 1-1 with Wazito FC at Ruaraka.

Click here to view the standings after the weekend matches.