South African side Free State Stars centre-back Joseph Stanley Okumu had an impressive display despite a 1 – 3 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match played on Tuesday 7 February at FNB Stadium.
Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker and Willard Katsande scored a goal apiece on the 18, 31st and 63rd minutes in that order before former Orlando Pirates defender Rooi Mahamutsa finding a consolation for the visitors on the 73rd minute.
The 19-year-old Okumu featured the entire game and three occasions blocked Chiefs forwards from making inroads into the 18-yard box. Shabalala opened the scoring with a superb free kick from 25 yards on the 18th minute before Parker struck from the rebound after his penalty was saved by goalkeeper Theka Ngobeni.
Zimbabwean Katsande scored the third with a fine solo effort after wriggling through Free State defenders to slot home. On the 73rd minute, Mahamutsa converted from a free kick in what was the visitors’ only goal.
Free State remains ranked 14th on the 16-team, table with 14 points from 16 rounds. Elsewhere, Ugandans Khalid Aucho and Geoffrey Massa were absent as Baroka FC lost 1 - 2 away to Chippa United.
Brian Onyango is expected to be in action as his Maritzburg United face Polokwane City in one of the four PSL fixtures set for Wednesday 8 February.