KCB knock out Ulinzi from Top 8

By nesta kizito
Apr 19, 2021
  • KCB Sosthenes Odah (right) in action against Ulinzi players.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

KCB produced their best performance so far this season by beating Ulinzi Stars 2-1 to progress to the semifinals of the Kenyan Premier League Top 8 knock out tournament.

The bankers, who have struggled since day one of the league and are currently rooted at the bottom of the league standings, were a much improved side against an Ulinzi side have likewise fared poorly. Chrispinus Onyango scored and created a goal either side of half time.

He struck the match opener in the 26th minute with a well-placed shot past the exposed Ulinzi Stars goalkeeper Francis Ochieng after James Mulinge and Amos Mwamburi failed to clear what looked like a harmless ball.

The soldiers could have come right back into the match immediately after the restart but Kevin Amwayi’s vicious long range shot sailed inches over the crossbar.

The second half could have been anyone’s game with both teams spurning decent goal scoring opportunities.

Early in the second half, Ulinzi goalkeeper Ochieng was lucky to stay on the pitch for an outrageous lunge on KCB striker Paul Kiongera right on the edge of the box.

Center referee Davies Omweno however opted to only book him for what could have easily been a sending off.

Called into action Then KCB lost their best player on the pitch upto that point when goalkeeper Zachariah Onyango was injured and had to be replaced by Kaleb Wafula. Wafula was immediately called into action as he thwarted Geoffrey Kokoyo’s effort.

But the bankers left it late to finally secure victory. Onyango wove his way past static Ulinzi defender and squared the ball to Kiongera who calmly swept the ball home.

There was late drama in the match as Ulinzi Stars pulled one goal back in the 91st minute.

Stephen Waruru whipped in an inviting cross from the left which Allan Abulala guided home with a glancing header.

A disappointed Ulinzi coach Robert Matano blamed the loss poor finishing. “We were let down by our inability to convert chances. Our blunt striking force has been an area of concern. But will now move on and focus on the league,” Matano said.

KCB, who fired their coach Abdallah Juma early this week for poor performance, have now joined cup holders Tusker and AFC Leopards who booked their places in the semis a fortnight ago.

Gor Mahia and Thika United will face off on Sunday in Machakos for the final place in the last four.