13 Sep, 17:59
Peter Nzuki displayed sheer experience to help his side rescue a point from a tough Thika United for a 2-2 draw in a thrilling midweek Kenyan Premier League match staged on Wednesday 13 September at the Thika County Stadium.
The match witnessed a fast paced start as the visitors came calling as early as the second minute with a header from Joshua Oyoo from outside the box after a cross from Thairu with the resultant corner by Tsuma being cleared.
Nakumatt pressed hard true to their attacking formation and their efforts were rewarded in the 11th minute when Boniface Akenga netted the opener after controlling a loose ball outside the 18-yard box and sending a grass cutter into the net.
The hosts however responded almost immediately with a Mwinyi Shami equalizer from a counter attack with Anekeya Wilson supplying the all-important cross. The shoppers attempted a comeback but Oyoo’s header was easily dealt with this time.
Goal scorer Akenga was then booked, being the first for the match, for an altercation with the referee over a decision to award an advantage to their opponents as tempers and tension also arose in the match due to frustration.
Thika however pressed hard with Mukangula cleverly curving his corner kick goal-wards but the keeper was at hand to save the situation punching the ball away. David Naftali then led a Nakumatt response sending in a thunderbolt from outside the 18-yad box almost overpowering Emase but the defence was at hand to clear the danger.
Kennedy Onyango was the second recipient of a booking after a foul on Mwinyi while Mukangula’s corner was then headed wide by Oruchum. The hosts however still stamped their authority early in the second half with Samwel Mwanje netting the second after a great combination with Musa Saad.
Njoroge almost committed a blunder after a back-pass but Nakumatt keeper Owade was quick to take control of the ball as Thika almost broke into jubilation. Mwanje was then fouled for fouling speedy Oyoo on the wings as Nakumatt maintained their fighting spirit.
The visitors threw in more firepower through Kisiavuki and experience Kepha Aswani but Thika remained steadfast in defence with Mukangula and Tsuma proving to be a thorn in Nakumatt’s flesh and refraining their movement upfront in entirety.
The shoppers however turned tables towards the end of the match with experienced Peter Nzuki leading the stinging attacks on Thika and netting the equalizer in the 90th minute mark following a counter attack.
Not even the four minutes of added time could see either side score the winner as the thrilling match ended in a draw.
Thika Starting XI: Emase Eliud, Anekeya Wilson, Ngotho Suleiman, Oruchum Christopher, Odhiambo Dennis (Capt), Mwanje Samuel, Tsuma Said, Musa Saad, Kibwana Shami, Mukangula Eugine [Dennis Lewa], Okaro Peter [Edmond Adem]
Unused Subs: Allan Owiny, Stephen Odhiambo, James Kinyanjui, Dennis Matasi, Chris Owino.
Nakumatt Starting XI: 12. Ezekiel Owade, 2. Nicholas Meja. 21. Njoroge John, 15. Donald Musoti, 14. Kennedy Onyango, 88. Kevin Omondi [19. Bernard Meki], 20. Thairu Wangui [50. Kepha Aswani], 10. Peter Nzuki, 24. David Naftali, 46. Boniface Akeng'a [8. Kisiavuki Clinton], 98. Joshua Oyoo,
Unused Subs: 57. Sammy Okinda, 9. Bruno Kiyai, 35. Eugene Ambulwa, 3. Chris Wekesa,