Echesa named SJAK player of the month

By alex wafula
Aug 17, 2021
  • Chemelil Sugar Managing Director Charles Owelle congratulates Hillary Echesa.(Photo by Alex Wafula)

Chemelil Sugar midfielder Hillary Echesa is the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya July player of the month after his exploits with the sugar belt side.

Echesa played a pivotal role for Francis Baraza’s side, netting three crucial goals to aid his side power into the top five for the first time in the season.

The experienced Echesa who has played for Ulinzi Stars, Tusker FC, Nakuru All Stars and Sofapaka locally scored winners in Chemelil’s matches against AFC Leopards (1-0) and Sofapaka (2-1) as well as a last gasp equalizer in a 2-2 draw against log leaders Tusker FC.

“He has been very influential and carried the team along. When he’s on top of his game everyone steps up and we achieve good results and when he’s not having a good game you it affecting our entire unit. Such is his influence in this team,” coach Baraza said of the midfielder.

Other than a trophy, Echesa will earn himself a cash reward of Sh100,000, a 43-inch LG Television while his team will get Sh50,000.

Ulinzi edge close to title

In Kigali, Rwanda, Ulinzi Stars beat Uganda’s Simba 2-0 to edge closer to recapturing EA military title.

John-Mark Makwatta’s brace at Nyamirambo Stadium on Tuesday night.was enough to hand Ulinzi Stars a chance to recapture their East Africa Military Games title.

Ulinzi now go top of the four-team table with six points and will hope Tanzania and Rwanda who play on Wednesday both on four points play to a draw for them to recapture the title from the Rwandese.

In this match, Ulinzi went ahead in the first half through a neat Makwatta finish but had to endure a tough rebound from the Ugandans.

They would have drawn level 10 minutes into the second half but keeper James Saruni pulled a superb save from the penalty spot to ensure his side kept the advantage.

Makwatta put the tie beyond doubt 15 minutes from time with another trademark finish. “It was a very tough match and hopefully, things go our way tomorrow. It was sad we lost to Tanzania but we gave our all,” Saruni told Sports News Arena minutes after the match.

Ulinzi began their campaign with a 1-0 win over hosts Rwanda before losing 2-1 to Tanzania in the second match.

Junior Ulinzi side face elimination

While they chase the military title in Rwanda, their junior side, Ulinzi Warriors, defending champions of the KPL Under-20 championship are on the brink of elimination.

The juniors lost their second group match 2-1 to AFC Leopards, a result that leaves them winless after the opening two games.

In the other group match, Sofapaka were 1-0 winners over Chemelil Sugar. This result means Ulinzi must beat Sofapaka in their final group match and hope AFC Leopards who lead the group with six points beat Chemelil for the defending champions to go through as second.

The military side dominated the match and had plenty of goal scoring opportunities which they squandered. Stephen Mueni had a chance in the first half to score from the penalty spot, but he took a casual shot which was saved by the AFC Leopard's goalkeeper.

Ulinzi were made to pay for the missed chances with Valdo Madegwa opening the scores five minutes to the break. The defending champions were reduced to 10 men in the 55th minute after Philip Mayaka was sent off for a second bookable offense.

Jack Bruno put Ingwe two up moments after, but Ulinzi fought back to halve the deficit through Mueni but it was never enough.