10 Mar, 17:00
Ulinzi secured a 1-0 win over troubled Kakamega Homeboyz in the KPL fifth-round tie on Saturday, thanks to a Masuta Masita's late strike at Bukhungu Stadium.
The game started on a positive note with both teams trying to outdo each other. Homeboyz took the first chance of the game as early as seven minutes when they were awarded a corner and Asiye took it but it was cleared by Mohamed Hassan. A few minutes later Elvis Nandwa was booked for fouling Estone Esiye.
The Soldiers started to crawl gradually as they tried to press the hosts as early as the 13th minute. Kasuti and Wamalwa played one on one but it was so, unfortunately, Ouko Smith was there to defend, this came few minutes after Wamalwa had the chance to put the Soldiers in front but his header went wide.
Homeboyz were awarded the second corner but Nandwa was on the lookout and cleared it off the danger zone. The game stopped for a few minutes after Ahmed Alli collided with Waweru and the forward was stretched off with an injury and was replaced by Francis Ochola.
Nyaudo side was contained into its own half, while on the other side Homeboyz we're creating more chances in search for an opener but their efforts were all in vain.
HT Homeboyz 0-0 Ulinzi Stars
Both teams came in the second half with the hunger to score goals. Homeboyz brought in Omukoto for Esiye, while Sande replaced limping Mohamed. After a well-taken corner by Waweru, Ongoma long-range shot went past the post.
Homeboyz started mounting pressure on Ulinzi's defence. A good move by Mudavadi rounded off Sande and Ruto but his final shot was weak and it went off. Churchill had the best chance to put his side in front but Smith blocked his shot.
In the 89th minute, Ulinzi rewarded themselves when Daniel Waweru crossed the ball to super-sub Masuta Masita who didn't disappoint the visitors with a marvellous header.
Kakamega Homeboyz Starting XI: Juma David, Mauda Hedmond, Kisuyu Collins, Chikati Moses, Ouko Smith, Kiwanuka Evans, Esiye Estone(Omukoto Festo), Ahmed Ali(Ocholla Francis) Mudavadi Moses, Kikoyo Hassan and Wafula Noah.
Unused Subs: Arakaza Arthur, Anekeya Wilson, Situma James, Opondo Wycliffe and Kulecho Andrew.
Ulinzi Stars XI: James Saruni (GK) (c), Brian Birgen, Mohamed Hassan( Benson Sande) George Omondi, Oliver Ruto, Bernard Ongoma, Churchill Muloma, Cliff Kasuti, Elvis Nandwa( Masita Masuta), Daniel Waweru, Oscar Wamalwa(Ibrahim Shambi).
Unused Subs: Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Cylus Shitote, Kelvin Amwayi, John Kago.