Chemelil forward Laban Gambareko comtrols the ball as Bandaris Andrew Waiswa keeps a close eye on him dring the match.
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KPL 2017: Echesa strike settles thrilling Awasi contest
By Fabian Odhiambo | Fri 21 Apr, 2017 16:50

Veteran forward Hillary Echesa struck a 73rd minute goal to hand Chemelil Sugar its' second home win of the season from three matches when on-form Bandari Football Club visited the Chemelil Sugar Stadium. In the early week 6 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match set for 3PM kick-off, a first half of plentiful chances indicated that a goal (or two) would come. And it did. 

Early Exchanges

The hosts took quick control of proceedings in the opening ten minutes but the flank from which they had chosen to break Bandari had Siraj Mohammed and Felly Mulumba; each one of them doing his fair share of defensive duty to rid Bandari of an Hillary Echesa threat. Bandari's first real shot came in the 18th minute when unattended- Danny Sserunkuma dribbled through the hosts defense but was taken out at the last hurdle by James Omino. 

Chemelil midfielder David Ojwang could have gifted the visitors with a goal just before the break when he gave the ball away to Hassan Mohammed. The winger's through ball to Shaban Kenga was quickly intercepted by a recovering Omino. The hosts however were to finish on a high with Gambareko failing to keep possession of the ball inside the 18 yard area not once but twice; chances that on his day, would have counted as goals. Both teams went into the breather tied. 

Second Half

Gambareko's next chance was only two minutes off restart when he chested down a Hillary Echesa delivery but could not finish it off as his second touch let him down. He would be withdrawn for Jeffary Owiti as Bandari responded with their own when Hassan walked off for Jacob Keli. It was Chemelil's change that would yield. With measured possession in the opposition box, Clifford Omondi layed down a Yusuf Juma free-kick for Echesa who made no mistake while powering it to the far left and beyond Joseph Okoth's reach.

Coach Paul Nkata then brought in his own son Fred for new Harambee Stars call-up Darius Msagha. Throwing caution to the wind, Bandari then all burst forward and had it not been a Jairus Adira block in the fifth minute of added time, maybe they would have picked one. The hosts held on for three points which spring them to second on the log from 6 matches with other KPL week 6 matches yet to be played.

Fabian Odhiambo

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