KCB, Ulinzi draw as Karuturi hold Western Stima

May 28, 2011

KCB were looking to go back  to the top of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) for the second time this season but champions Ulinzi pulled a late equalizer to end the match 1-1 on saturday in Naivasha.

KCB started strongly and had forced their first corner in the sixth minute. Ulinzi defender Collins Kisuya who has just been called to the national team hard to work extra hard to stop Clifford Alwanga in the early minutes of the game.

Ulinzi seem to have surrendered their right flank where the bankers had unhindered access and it was from this point that Geoffrey Maina unleashed a long ball which fell on the feet of Erick Okoth and he simply tapped home as KCB went up in the 11th minute.

Ulinzi were back in the match after the goal as they settled and were rewarded with a free kick in the 15th minute which Kisuya failed to float beyond the KCB defence.

By the 20th minute Ulinzi had got their first corner when Allan Muhati’s floating ball was put out Caleb Adola in the KCB goal as veteran striker Mike Barasa waited to send it home.

Barasa was guilty of a penalty miss in the 67th minute after Adola was judged to have fouled Geoffrey Kokoyo.  But defender MulingeMunandi spared the champions the blushes in the 82nd minute after heading home an Eric Apul pass.

Ulinzi coach Benjamin Nyangweso said he was concerned about his team’s slow start while his KCB counterpart was happy to have gotten something in the match.

Western Stima and Karuturi Sports fought to a barren draw in the early kick-off in Naivasha.

After a series of  lost chances in the first half, the two sides showed more intent in the dying minutes of the game.

Both coaches were satisfied with the result being glad to get a single point.

In Chemelil, hosts Chemelil Sugar beat visiting Congo United 1-0.



Gina Tivona

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