Kariobangi Sharks beat Bandari to move fourth, Western Stima end winless streak

By alex wafula
May 13, 2017
  • Bandari's John Avire is sandwitched by Kariobangi Sharks' Michael Bodo (left) and Sven Yidah (right). (Photo by Alex Wafula)

  • Bandari's Shabaan Kenga attempts to go past Kariobangi Sharks' Bolton Omwenga. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

  • Bandari's John Avire and Kariobangi Sharks' Michael Bodo fight for the ball. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

William Muluya, the Kariobangi Sharks coach has attributed the club’s rise in form to a renewed belief and confidence among his players.

The Kenyan Premier League new boys picked up a third successive win after beating Bandari FC 1-0 in Machakos.

The result takes them to fourth on the log after 11 rounds of matches.

“It is a result of constant work in training, which is now visible on the pitch. We have been building up with each match. I am impressed with how we have performed and hopefully we can continue in the same way,” Muluya told Sports News Arena.

Kariobangi Sharks are now unbeaten in five matches although their match against Bandari on Saturday did not have many scoring chances.

Paul Nkata, the Bandari FC coach blamed the result on fatigue. His team has played three matches within a week on the backdrop of long distance travel compared to Kariobangi Sharks who have been in Nairobi.

Bandari played Mathare United over the weekend, travelled to Mombasa and won 2-1 against Nzoia United before returning to Machakos for Saturday’s match.

“Every team is faced with three games in a week. That we can’t complain about. But when we have to travel long distance within one week, then it becomes hard. You could see that my players were fatigued today,” Nkata explained.

Bandari started the match better and appeared to be hungrier for an early goal. Tyrone Owino had a freekick from 30 yards out rocket straight to John Oyemba in the Kariobangi Sharks' goal in the fifth minute.

Shot from distance was deflected

Ten minutes later, Andrew Waisswa’s shot from distance was deflected, but Oyemba managed to place himself well to collect.

It wasn’t a game of many scoring chances with both sides playing reserved football.

None were adventurous enough and it would be understandable as they only had two days to rest after the Wednesday games.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 33rd minute with their first effort at goal. Ugandan Mathew Tayo Odongo dribbled into the box and shot low, with the ball sneaking in between keeper Wilson Obungu’s feet.

Immediately, Nkata made his first change, a tactical switch. He pulled out Owino and brought in Shabaan Kenga.

Fred Nkata who had started as a left back was pushed upfield with Siraj Mohammed dropping to defensive duties. But still, nothing could cut through for them.

In the second half, Muluya was forced into his first change, bringing out Bolton Omwenga for Stephen Odhiambo.

He explained after the match that Omwenga had been troubled by breathing problem.

The pace of the match still remained low. In the final minutes though, both teams had chances.

First, substitute John Avire who seemed the most exciting player in the last 15 minutes shot wide.

On the other end, another sub, Ovellah Ochieng twice saw his efforts picked out by Obungu.

Western Stima shock Mathare

Elsewhere in Kisumu, Western Stima put out an eight match winless streak after beating Mathare United 3-2 in an entertaining fixture.

The slum boys had taken a 2-1 lead courtesy of a Chrispin Oduor double, but Stima raced back with Bernard Ondiek stepping off the bench to score a last gasp winner.

Kennedy Otieno gave Western Stima an early lead with a simple tap in but Oduor responded with a penalty in the 26th minute before adding a second just after the restart.

A lapse in concentration saw Moses Arita equalize before Ondiek came in to connect an Ezekiel Otuoma cross for the winner.

Western Stima now move off bottom and up to 16th with nine points while Mathare  United are a spot above them on same nine points but a superior goal difference.

In Nakuru, Ulinzi Stars cemented their hold on third place with a 2-1 win over Muhoroni Youth, though the match was to end in controversy.

Muhoroni players accosted the referee for allegedly denying them a last gasp penalty.

Thomas Venval had clawed back a goal for the visitors in the 90th minute. Samuel Onyango and Boniface Onyango’s headers in either half had given the soldiers a comfortable lead.

They finished the match with 10 men after Brian Birgen was sent off for a straight red card in the 80th minute.

KPL Weekend results and fixtures: (Kick off 3 p.m.)

Saturday: Chemelil Sugar 0 Sofapaka1 (Chemelil Complex), Kariobangi Sharks 1 Bandari 0 (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Ulinzi Stars 2 Muhoroni Youth 1 (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru), Western Stima 3 Mathare United 2 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu).

Sunday: AFC Leopards v Zoo Kericho (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Nzoia Sugar v Gor Mahia (Mumias Complex), Posta Rangers v Nakumatt (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru), Thika United v Kakamega Homeboyz (Thika Stadium), Tusker FC v SoNy Sugar (Ruaraka Complex).