Ulinzi held at home as Gor draw with City Stars, Ouna resigns

By alex wafula
Mar 12, 2021
  • Gor Mahia's George Odhiambo tussles with City Stars' John Amboko, Oscar Mbugua and Daniel Otieno. The teams drew 2-2. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Ulinzi Stars' Enosh Ochieng and John Nairuka pressure Western Stima's Joash Onyango. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

Frank Ouna, the Gor Mahia assistant coach has resigned. His phone was switched off as Sports News Arena tried to reach him for a comment.

But, the Ronald Ngala, the Gor Mahia acting secretary confirmed the assistant coach handed his resignation after the match against City Stars. He declined to give any reason for Ouna's decision to resign. 

This new development comes after Frank Nuttall resigned to take up an assistant's role for Egyptian club Zamalek and John 'Bobby' Ogolla moved to City Stars at the start of the season.

Elsewhere, Ulinzi Stars moved to second on the SportPesa-sponsored Kenya Premier League standings on Saturday despite being held to a one-all draw by visiting Western Stima at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.

The military side are yet to win a match at home and James Saruni conceded for the first time this season. Baron Oketch scored for the visitors in the 55th minute.

Coach Robert Matano fielded a very young side with the day’s skipper Omar Mbongi, keeper Saruni and midfielder Joseph Kuria being the oldest.

Kevin Amwayi and Oliver Rutto missed with injury while Geoffrey Kokoyo and Erick Apul were given a rest after travelling to Migori for the burial of their former team mate Kevin Ouma.

In this match, Ulinzi got off to a fast start playing a high pressing game and moving behind the ball whenever they lost possession. They had their first chance in the ninth minute but Enosh Ochieng could only see as the ball rolled over his thigh when he attempted to control a Cliff Kasuti cross.

The club’s leading scorer, John Mark Makwatta who has scored two freekicks this season had an attempt for a third, but his effort whiskered just inches away from the target in the 21st minute.

Eighteen-year 18-year old Kasuti, fresh from completing his high school education at St. Anthony’s boys in Kitale was the most enterprising in the Ulinzi forward line. He did well to break into the area in the 34th minute, but could not get a good shot on target, hitting a weak effort from his left foot.

Both teams increased the tempo at the start of the second half. John Nairuka had the earliest chance for the soldiers in the 53rd minute, but he could not guide a shot on target from the edge of the box.

Ulinzi were made to pay two minutes later, Baron Oketch striking into the roof of the net with a left foot shot from a Wesley Kemboi cross.

Immediately Matano introduced Mark Bikokwa for Enosh Ochieng and Daniel Waweru for Nairuka. But Stima were more resilient having scored first and they moved the ball with more ease and command. The hosts heated up their engines in the final 20 minutes of the match with new introductions Waweru and Bikokwa using their energy to fire up the front line.

Predatory instinct

Waweru’s predatory instincts helped Ulinzi as he intercepted a header from Joash Onyango back to his keeper, lifting the ball into the net.

Matano said he was impressed by the side’s youngsters whom he says are gaining confidence by the day. “Ulinzi is not a one-man team such that if so and so is not there we cannot perform. Look at Gor Mahia, three players are out and they cannot win. For us, we want to give everyone a chance and give them confidence to play and win. I was impressed with what they did today,” Matano told Sports News Arena.

Gor, were held to a two-all draw by Nairobi City Stars at the Nyayo National Stadium. This is the fourth draw Gor has picked in the league. Jose Marcello Ferreira arrives on Monday.

Jimmy Bageya gave the Kawangware-based side the lead in the 41st minute but Gor eq

With K’Ogalo smelling their first win of the season, their hopes were nipped in the bud with substitute Joel Tata scoring the equalizer from a Bageya assist.

“We could have won this match because we conceded from a lapse in concentration after scoring. Had we kept our heads cool, we would have picked all points,” John 'Bobby' Ogolla, a Gor Mahia legend now coaching City Stars said after the match.

At the Mumias Complex, Posta Rangers lost 2-1 to hosts Kakamega Homeboyz. This was the first loss by Posta Rangers.

Sunday Mutuku scored an own goal from a Joseph Nyaga shot to give Posta the lead in the first half, but Ali Bai pulled one back with Jeremiah Wanjala scoring the winner 10 minutes from time.

In Muhoroni, Moses Arita scored against his former side Sony Sugar. They move third on the table standing.

Saturday results

City Stars 2 Gor Mahia 2 (Nyayo Stadium), Ulinzi Stars 1 Western Stima 1 (Afraha Stadium), Kakamega Homeboyz 2 Posta Rangers 1 (Mumias), Sony Sugar 0 Muhoroni Youth 1 (Awendo); Sunday fixtures: AFC Leopards v Chemelil Sugar (Nyayo Stadium), Tusker FC v Ushuru FC (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Thika United v Mathare United (Thika County Stadium).