Homeboyz's Wycliffe Opondo challenges Stima's Bernard Ondiek for the ball during the match.
Homeboyz hold Western Stima as Sony surprise Ingwe
By Fabian Odhiambo | Wed 13 Sep, 2017 16:41

Kakamega Homeboyz held Western Stima to a barren draw at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu in a week 24 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match staged from 3PM Kenyan time.

The visitors were the first to threaten and looked the hungrier of the two sides as Wycliffe Opondo missed from close range after a goal-mouth melee had laid the ball at his feet in the third minute.

What then followed was a series of attacks from both sides with Oromchan Villa leading the hosts upfront. His closest chance perhaps was in the 18th minute when a Stima counter-attack had Marita Brian deliver a cross to Villa but David Juma in goal for Homeboyz would collect.

Homeboyz had the better share of set-plays with Stima hard-tackling from all corners and by the half hour mark, Eston Esiye had delivered three free-kicks, all in vain.

Coach Henry Omino withdrew Sula Bagala for Ezekiel Otuoma in the 38th minute and had the substitute had the perfect first touch, he would have been the scorer of the first goal in the match. Another counter attack from Stima saw Villa cross to an arriving Otuoma but Juma once again in goal for the visitors would hear none of it. 

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Second Half

Kakamega Homeboyz picked up from where they had left in the second half with free-kicks but even Collis Kisuya this time round would not find the target. A foul on Eric Ambunya had been the birth of it. Mike Mururi then withdrew Eston Esiye for Festo Omukoto and Davind Odhiambo for youngster John Avire.

Stima's closest chance in the second half came in the way of three shots under ten seconds involving Daniel Masinde, Oromchan Villa and Brian Marita. Masinde in the 60th minute had his shot find the upright with Juma well beaten and Marita would collect the rebound and power in his. This not firmly held by Juma and the rebound invited Villa for a third attempt which the Kakamega Homeboyz the collected.

Coach Omino summoned Kelvin Okoth from the bench to take Masinde's place five minutes later. With the visitors seemingly playing for a point at this stage of the match, Omino threw in his last card in the way of Robert Achema for Ondiek Bernard.  A rejuvenated forward line meant Homeboyz defense had to stay on toes to earn that point.

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Jeremiah Wanjala  had not had the best game, given his recent form, and Coach Mururi rested the forward for Wycliffe Ochomo with five minutes to play. With just one minute to play, Otuoma had the best chance of the game to but it for Stima but an onrushing George Odiwour beat him to the ball. It would end 0-0.

AFC Leopards 0-1 Sony Sugar FC 

In another match played at the Green Stadium in Kericho, Yemi Mwana scored the only goal as Sony Sugar FC beat AFC Leopards. 

Click here to check the updated KPL 2017 standings 

Fabian Odhiambo

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