KPL WEEK 18 TOTW: Oluoch mans the goal in defensive - minded team


  Posted: 21 Jul 16, 10:57

By: Luke Oluoch

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KPL Week 18 competition was taken a notch higher with some outstanding defensive work and goalkeeping prowess highlighting of a week of draws that only had two millers outfit,  Muhoroni Yuoth  and SoNy Sugar as the walking home with victory. 

A week that KPL striker would love to forget, the goal-scoring mantle was delegated to the departments with midfielders and defenders taking u the role.

Its not for the first time that Sony Sugar seems to be rediscovering its form under the guidance of coach Salim Babu. After dismal start to the league, the team seemed to be picking up well and Babu was again at his tactical best as Sony handed Bandari their first defeat since Twahir Muhiddin left the coastal club. In a clash that saw his team survive late onslaught , two of his tactical changes just after getting his opener proved a masterstroke in sealing the vital  win.

Boniface Oluoch literaly come to the team rescue on a day the team cut a very disjointed display  in virtually all departments by their standards against Ushuru.  The Kenyan international custodian stepped up with a string of solid stops to deny Ushuru’s most lethal threat on the match Lamine Diallo as Gor Mahia were left to contend with a second  draw in as many matches. 

SoNy’s Justine Omary, In only his first start the former Isibania man produced a series of assured poise at the back beyond his experience against renowned goal poachers in Dan Sserunkuma Edwin Lavatsa and David King’atua as Sony edged the Saturday’s visitors in Awendo. Perhaps a fine prospects for Sony’s  quest for improving their league this season.

From a torrid start of conceding an own goal inside the first three minutes  City Stars John Amboko and co rose up to make a solid display at goal against Ulinzi strike force led by John Makwatta and Enosh Ochieng. The defensive bulwark tall stance was just a a proper justification for being reinstated as the team skipper following Oscar Mbugua’s exit.

 David Mwangi (Mathare )- a mainstay of Mathare United perfectly timed his moments of grabbing his debut goal of the season . For a defender who has started in virtually all of Francis Kmazii side  games , his defensive  capabilities need not  to be over-emphasized . His brilliant sliced header in the draw against Leopards earns marked a crucial contribution for the team as Slum Boys maintained their bogey status against Ingwe. 

Wycliffe Nyangechi (Muho)-   The Muho player is another player that getting better with vested responsibility as the new club skipper.  Nyagechi has taken the role by strides an stepped up when the club needed a  result  after two successive draws. The performance in the 2-1 win over Posta Rangers where his free kick found the nest summed up his  invaluable involvement . 

Willis Ouma(Chemelil) and Victor Majid battled to contain the midfield battle against Tusker FC in Machakos, and the tow rightly did well against Humphrey Mieno and Hashim Ssempala en route the dramatic 2-2 draw at Machakos  on Saturday.

Ouma opened the scoring with a wonderful hack that was aided a by his striker dummy as it fooled David Okello en route the equalizer.

Hillary Echesa’s (Chemelil) dream start to the second leg is getting better by game. The veteran has turned a chest drawer of scoring crucial goals, showed his predatory best just when it was all over for the millers, as he flashed past Batambuze to score that last gasp equalizer.

Fordie’s  third straight league goal marks his best season so far I the recent time as Chemelil Sugar revel in unbeaten three run in the month.

Charles Momanyi(Homeboyz) The defensive midfielder provided a secure buffer in Homeboyz  one all draw against Sofapaka In Mumias . He capped his role by making a timely over the line clearance in what denied Sofa what would have been a potential match winner .

Moses Odhiambo- Sofapaka ultimately scored a goal that stood test of time to count for a one point. Having been hugely involved in the game that needed much of some defensive works late on, the former KCB and Gor Mahia man goal sealed what could be proper launch-pad for Sofa to restart their survival quest once more.

Ezekiel Odera ( City Stars )- After moments of  unrelenting searching at Ulinzi goal, City Stars finally claimed a goal through the former Gor Mahia man to earn another crucial point from Ulinzi side,  in what went down to a determined team display Odera, a constant threat upfront was at hand to secure the point  in the final ten minutes.

Oliver Maloba (City Stars )- The youngster has been a vital cog in City Stars’ resurgence from the first leg and once again proved a constant threat from the flanks with  his dazzling runs  as City Stars overcame a torrid start to the game to claim a point of Robert Matano team. 

Maloba, slotting in a shape up that saw Jimmy Bageya unavailable was impressive in kickstarting City's attacking forays as one of his effort coming off the bar. 

Subs : James Saruni(GK) Ulinzi Stars,   Lloyd Wahome( Tusker),  Smith Ouko (Chemelil),  Edwin Omondi (Chemelil) John Ndirangu (AFC Leopards) Eugene Mukangula(Thika)  Ali Bhai (Homeboyz),  Daniel Ochieng (Sony Sugar)


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