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

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SPORT - BY NA­TION TEAM

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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.

Coach thrilled

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.

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