Shark attack! Kariobangi brigade breaks Western Stima’s current
Super-sub Kassumba saves a point for Sofapaka in draw with Vihiga United at a packed Bukhungu
Western Stima’s six-match unbeaten run in the Sportpesa Premier League (SPL) came to a sudden halt yesterday after Kariobangi Sharks shocked them 2-1 at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County.
Sharks opened the scoring after only two minutes of play through Ugandan George Abege before fleet-footed winger Harrison Mwendwa doubled their lead at the stroke of half time with a superb shot.
Herbert Kopany pulled one back for the power men three minutes after the restart but it wasn’t enough to defend their unbeaten record this term as Sharks defended brilliantly to hold on to their slim lead.
“We should have won this match, we gave them easy chances and they utilised them," said Western Stima coach Paul Ogai whose charges are returning to the top flight after a year out in the second tier.
His opposite number William Muluya was thrilled by their bright start and the return of the reigning Most Valuable Player in the league, Eric Kapaito, from a long layoff.
“It’s our first win of the year, we appreciate, the team is happy that Kapaito is back but we will give him time to regain fitness because he missed part of the preseason,” said Muluya whose team sits fifth on 13 points, one below third-placed Stima.
Phillip Muchuma grabbed a brace to hand Chemelil Sugar a 2-0 win over Posta Rangers in the second match at the same venue.
In Kakamega, Ugandan striker Umaru Kassumba came off the bench to save Sofapaka the blushes of losing to Vihiga United in a 1-1 stalemate at a packed Bukhungu Stadium.
Vihiga capitalised on a lapse in Sofapaka backline to draw the first blood through Amos Kigadi on 67 minutes but Kassumba who replaced Kepha Aswani at restart buried home the equaliser in added time.
The match went into extra time and as the crowed started walking away, Sofapaka’s Kassumba capitalised on a defensive mix up to pull a late equaliser deep into extra time after Vihiga custodian had spilt John Avirre’s shot.
Four-time champions Ulinzi Stars stopped hosts Sony Sugar 2-1 at Awendo Green Stadium thanks to an Enosh Ochieng brace.
Maxwell Onyango netted a consolation for the millers in the dying minutes of the match.
Nixon Omondi (left) of Kariobangi Sharks battles for the ball with Kennedy Otieno of Western Stima during a Sportpesa Premier League match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos yesterday.