Substitute Crispinus Onyango scored with five minutes remaining on the clock as KCB overcame Wazito FC 1-0 in a National Super League (NSL) tie staged at the Camp Toyoyo Stadium on Wednesday 2 November.
KCB had to wait until the 15th minute to have their first meaningful threat on goal after Wazito had dominated the earlier exchanges. Kennedy Otieno, tasked with troubling the visitors, beat his marker before sending a cut back into the path of Edwin Oduor, but the striker with all the time in the world sent his effort off target with only the goalkeeper standing between him and his team's first goal.
Oduor's threat didn't seem to have bothered Wazito and they continued with their crisp passing game despite creating no clear cut chances. They seemed to lack the cutting edge in the final third but gave a message of intent on the hour mark.
Eric Odhiambo who was deployed as a number 10 by head coach Frank Ouna dazzled his way through the KCB defence, sending a shot that was parried away by Mpongo Juma in the KCB goal for a fruitless corner and despite a few chances from both ends, the first half ended in a scoreless stalemate.
KCB knew they had no room for slip ups, given their dream of making it to the top flight and their performance in the second half was an improvement of the first. Leonard Saleh who was using a three pronged attack pushed his wing backs in attack a move that saw midfielder Tiron Omondi pushed back to form a three man defence and the crosses from the wings were proving too much for Wazito.
Oduor's effort off the bar
The bankers thought they had snatched the lead when a cross picked out Oduor on the 65th minute but his acrobatic effort, came off the upright with Wazito keeper Stephen Njuge well beaten to the amazement of the KCB bench. Coach Saleh then threw in Crispinus Onyango for Kennedy Owino with ten minutes remaining on the clock.
Five minutes after his introduction, Onyango capitalized on an error from Njuge who had fluffed a cross from the left wing, nodding a header into the empty net. Despite an additional five minutes, the bankers held on for a result that will go a long way in the promotion quest.