Nakumatt reigns supreme over SoNy in muddy affair
Nakumatt FC boosted their fight for a second place finish after they beat their Saturday 11 November Kenyan Premier League weekend opponents and hosts SoNy Sugar by a solitary goal at the Awendo Stadium.
Kepha Aswani netted the lone goal of the match in the 43rd minute in what was a goal against the flow of the game after a slow start to the match amidst heavy rainfall. SoNy were favourites in the first half and had four corners first in the 15th minute played by Simuyu David but all were cleared, one punched by the keeper while the others went wide.
The Sugar millers were persistent in attacks throughout the first half with Yema Mwana leading in attacks as Abege played a great supporting role but the heavy rainfall could barely let them have any chance to have a proper aim at goal from the slippery pitch.
Nakumatt had their best chance in the 26th minute after Aswani dribbled past Joseph Omweri to set up a one on one with Kevin Omondi in the SoNy goal but he shot wide. Their efforts to hit back were finally rewarded moments later scoring through Aswani.
The striker controlled the ball outside the 18-yard box after a cross from Akenga, dribbled a little and shot sending the keeper in the wrong direction after an awkward bounce of the ball just in front of him.
SoNy Sugar started the second half with speed and almost netted an equalizer in the 48th minute after Amos Asembeka controlled the ball outside the box and dribbled past keeper only for the ball to get stuck at the flooded goalpost.
Aswani also missed a chance to extend the lead when the Omondi punched his shot back to play but he was late in reaching for the ball allowing the keeper to recover and pick it up. Another open chance then went with the wind for Nakumatt after Akenga shot goalwards in similar fashion from an Aswani pass but the keeper punched it to safety.
Double substitutions by SoNy in the 70th minute through a reinforced midfield could hardly help matters as Nakumatt remained resolute bringing in additional firepower through Kasiavuki.
Akenga was the first to be booked in the 80th minute after he retaliated against SoNy’s Dennis Oduor who had fouled him from behind while in attack. Omweri also got a booking after hacking down swani in full speed. The freekick by Mosha flew wide.
There was a scare moment in the match in the 85th minute after fresh substitute Kasiavuki hit the keeper in attack forcing the hosts to make an unplanned substitution while the striker was booked. Akenga was then pulled out for Okul in the dying minutes of the match.
The win leaves Nakumatt second on the standings while Sony Sugar stands a real threat of losing a top 10 place amidst tight competition.
SoNy Starting XI: 35. Kevin Omondi (GK) [1. Kevin Otieno (GK)], 6. Bernard Omondi, 27. Dennis Oduor, 17. Joseph Omweri, 26. Alfred Onyango, 20. Victor Ademba, 9. Amos Asembeka, 24. George Abege, 12. David Simiyu, [2. Marwa Chamberi], 10. Benjamin Mosha, 14. Yema Mwana [15. Justin Monda].
Unused Subs: 5. Tobias Otieno, 16. Nicholas Akoko, 8. Laban Gambareko, 28. Jesse Obora,
Nakumatt Starting XI: 12. Ezekiel Onyango, 2. Mophan Nicholas, 21. Njoroge John, 35. Eugene Ambulwa, 14. Onyango Kennedy, 24. Naftali david, 46. Akenga Boniface [17. Okul Victor], 88. Omondi Kevin, 50. Aswani Kepha, 10. Nzuki Peter, 20. Thairu Kelvin [8. Clinton Kasiavuki]
Unused Subs: 33. Charles Ouma, 3. Wekesa Christopher, 15. Musoti Donald,. 19. Meki Bernard, 25. Gateri David,