Waruru brace as Ulinzi hold Gor amidst crowd trouble

By alex wafula
Jul 02, 2017
  • Gor Mahia's Jacques Tuyisenge is stopped by Ulinzi goalie James Saruni. The two teams drew 2-2.(Photo by Alex Wafula)

Stephen Waruru scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season as Ulinzi Stars raced from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Gor Mahia in Kisumu on Sunday.

However, it wasn’t a game that would end on smooth sailing as just after Waruru’s 88th minute equalizer, a section of Gor fans initiated violence which caused a stoppage of close to 20 minutes.

The Ulinzi forward removed his jersey and celebrated infront of the Gor Mahia fans, an action that irked them.

Gor Mahia through their offcial twitter account accused the league top scorer of showing his middle finger to the fans.

Waruru has however denied the allegation saying the fans were only bitter after seeing their win grabbed away late on.

His sentiments are shared by teammates who instead of focusing on the accusation celebrated the hard fought win.

Gor's lead crumble 

Gor Mahia were headed for a healthy 2-0 win over the soldiers who last beat them in 2013, but Waruru once again showed his goal scoring prowess scoring in the 73rd and 88th minutes.

The 15-time champions were coming into the fixture under pressure to register a win having lost their last match 2-0 to Sofapaka in Meru.

They showed their intent early with Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge running behind the defense, but they couldn’t hit the bull’s eye.

They finally got the goal in the 33rd minute when Karim Nizigiyimana raced to a Kenneth Muguna through pass to calmly beat James Saruni in the Ulinzi goal.

The soldiers’ backline had been caught flat as they had all raced up in attack, only for play to switch.

Nizigiyimana almost grabbed the second five minutes to the break when he shot from the right, but the ball came up against the upright with Saruni beaten.

Ulinzi came back from the break with a change in strategy, making one offensive and one defensive change.

But just as Ulinzi were reshuffling their cards to pump up for an equalizer, they found themselves two down.

Waruru's plot 

Defender Mohammed Hassan deflected Meddie Kagere’s shot into his own net as he tried to defend.

Benjamin Nyangweso, the Ulinzi coach went all out attack, pulling out Churchill Muloma for striker Enosh Ochieng.

The soldiers piled more pressure on Gor and were rewarded in the 73rd minute when Waruru tapped home after Gor keeper Fredrick Odhiambo failed to pick out a Samuel Onyango cross.

Ulinzi were finally believing that they could get something off the match. They kept on attacking and with two minutes left, Waruru tapped in the equalizer after winning the ball off a set piece and side stepping keeper Odhiambo.

Just as the Ulinzi players were celebrating, all hell broke loose and referee Raymond Onyango was forced to stop the game.

After almost 20 minutes of wait, the game re-started and only played for the two minutes that were remaining.

Gor now second

Gor would have gone top of the table had they won, but they will remain second with the same number of points as defending champions Tusker who were stunned 1-0 by Bandari in Meru.

Paul Nkata, the former Tusker FC coach got one over his former employers, guiding them to a well deserved win in Meru.

Bandari though had to finish the match with nine men after two red cards issued in regulation time late on.

Michael Luvutsi was shown a straight red for an off the ball tackle on Tusker’s Jackson Macharia. Goal scorer Lewis Cosmas was also shown red for a second yellow card.

Lewis scored on his debut after 27 minutes, the Tanzanian tapping home from close range after being picked out by a Duncan Otewa cross.

Tusker who had won seven of their last eight matches found themselves lacking in firepower, failing to create many clear cut chances.

KPL weekend results: Saturday: AFC Leopards 0 Kariobangi Sharks 2 (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru), Nakumatt 2 Sofapaka 1 (Ruaraka Complex), Nzoia Sugar 0 Thika United 0 (Sudi Stadium), Western Stima 1 Muhoroni 2 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu). Sunday: Gor Mahia 2 Ulinzi Stars 2 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Posta Rangers 1 Chemelil Sugar 1 (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru), Sony Sugar 0 Kakamega Homeboyz 1 (Awendo), Tusker FC 0 Bandari 1 (Kinoru Stadium, Meru), Zoo Kericho 0 Mathare United 0 (Kericho Green Stadium).