It is Festus Nyabuti's first time in the fourth tier FKF Division Two league as a coach and a two-all draw on the road against a formidable side like Y-zone will be very much welcome by the Nyamira All Stars Coach.
Even though having the chance to grab all three points on the day, All Stars' inexperience saw them throw away their 2-1 lead late in the game as the home side Y-zone snatched a goal- and a point- off of the tie at the death. Nyabuti admits to a fantastic match by both sides all the same.
''It was a great show from both sides especially in the second half. We scored the first and were on the front-foot but our opponents showed their experience by coming back in the tie,'' says the Nyamira All Stars Coach.
Douglas Nyakundi's early strike in the tie had worked well to unsettle the home side Y-zone but was quickly cancelled out by former Palos midfielder David Amimo who tapped home for a 1-1 score-line by the break. In the second half, Nathan Mayani looked to have score what was meant to be the winner but lackluster Y-zone would still find their way back.
Coach Nyabuti takes home the draw, and points out that the continued support by the county government of Nyamira will inspire the boys even more. All Stars are making a debut into the Div Two and having been formed late last year- prepared for the season with a string of friendly matches against top Kenyan Premier League (KPL) sides).
''This is a team supported by the entire Nyamira County. We sat down and decided to have a team with the best players from Nyamira and have them supported by the county. Before being allowed into the Div 2, we were doing friendlies with top sides like Chemelil Sugar, Shabana and Zoo FC and we did really well,'' adds the coach.
All Stars next travel to Egerton University to play the varsity side and look to keep their unblemished start of not losing.