Chrsipin Oduor continued with his goal scoring spree netting the equalizer in the one all draw against Nakumatt in a Round 22 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at the Ruaraka Stadium on Wednesday 23 August.
Kepha Aswani had given the visitors the lead moments before the break after he expertly lobbed the ball past an advancing Levis Opiyo who was making desperate attempts to atone for Lennox Ogutu’s blunder.
The opener clearly came against the run of play in a half that we dominated from the onset. John Mwangi should have put us ahead in the 12th minute but he dallied to pull the trigger allowing Ezekiel Owade in the Nakumatt goal to sprint off his line and make a brave stop.
On the other end, Nakumatt got their first real chance of the game when Peter Nzuki released Boniface Akenga on the right with a delightful ball over the top. The unmarked Akenga contrived to hit a first time volley that whistled off target. Chances came flying in thereafter with Chris Ochieng’ and Kepha Aswani both blazing high from close range.
Owade once again denied us the breakthrough this time making himself big to deny Ochieng in a one on one situation. Pressure from the lads bore a goal mouth melee in the Nakumatt box at the half hour mark when Derrick Nzosi delivered a sumptuous delivery form a corner on the right. Owade came off his line but failed to gather cleanly. The loose ball fell to Mwangi whose effort was cleared over the line by David Naftali.
Nzosi, who was impressive at right back, was set feinting towards the byline by Oduor. He did well to sidestep John Njoroge but his final ball was disappointing landing straight into Owade’s arms.
Another foray upfront orchestrated by Oduor at the brink of half time proved costly when Oduor misplaced his pass to Roy Okal. Akenga intercepted and played a low through ball to Aswani. Ogutu looked comfortably in control of the situation until the ball unluckily slipped past him to Aswani who showed composure to cheekily loop the ball over Opiyo.
Clinton Kisiavuki should have doubled Nakumatt’s advantage shortly after the restart when he showed George Owino a clean pair of heels but his shot came off the left upright as he attempted to beat Opiyo at his near post.
Francis Kimanzi made two substitutions in quick succession introducing Edward Seda and Derrick Onyango for Victor Ashinga and Ronald Reagan. The tide swung our way with the lads piling pressure on Nakumatt restricting them into their own half.
Seda particularly changed the tempo of the game and he almost got an assist in the 73rd when he teed up Oduor for a shot at the edge of the box. Oduor applied plenty of whip to the ball but he was unlucky to see his curling effort cannon off the bar with Owade well beaten.
Two minutes later Oduor finally put his name on the score sheet. Ochieng’ was brought down in the box by Naftali and Oduor stepped up to score from the spot.
A nervy ending to the game saw Seda’s brilliantly curved shot miss the target narrowly as Owade almost scored a wonder goal. His goal kick taking an awkward bounce to beat Opiyo and roll narrowly off target.
The draw leaves us at 14th place with 21 points with a chance of moving further up the table in the weekend clash against Bandari on Sunday 27 August.
Starting XI: 30. Levis Opiyo (GK) 21. Derrick Nzosi 6. George Owino (C) 23. Lennox Ogutu 12. David Owino 22. Roy Okal (90' 17. Elijah Mwanzia) 24. Victor Ashinga (49' 4.Edward Seda) 29. Chrispin Oduor 15. Ronald Reagan (60' 14. Derrick Onyango) 9. Chris Ochieng’ 13. John Mwangi
Subs: 1. Mark Kioko (GK) 20.Martin Ongori 26.Abubakar Keya 27. Tyson Otieno