Kakamega based Western Stima will return home with a point after the team forced hosts Nairobi City Stars to a barren draw in a Kenyan Premier League tie played on Sunday 8 July 2012.
The tie, the first of a live double header brought live by super Sport International kicked off at 1400hrs.
City Stars winger George Mwangi had the best of chances to put the hosts up in the first half.
In the 33rd minute he could have put his side 1-0 up had Western Stima’s keeper David Juma not have come out of his line quicker to get to a pass from midfield first.
Balalala cross found Fred Shimonyo
Seven minutes earlier, he had a shot on goal picked up by Juma. At the stroke of half time, Western Stima had a chance of their own when Fred Nyarombo got to the end of a Ramadhan Balala cross. But his headed flew above goal.
In the second half, seven minutes in, another Balalala cross found Fred Shimonyo in the box. With a swift turn he shot goal wards but his shot went straight to Ronnie Kagunzi in City Stars goal.
14 minutes to time, an outstanding Balala, from the left, sent a teaser to the near post but Kagunzi once again got to it.
Four minutes to time, Francis Chinjili who returned to the side in the mid-season after a year out at AFC Leopards, got a golaward shot from the right cut out.
Action ended when substitute Ibrahim Kitawi, a former Gor Mahia player earned a free kick but Peter Ashango’s take went above target.
With the added point, Western Stima went above Gor Mahia to occupy seventh spot with a new tally of 23 points from 17 rounds of play.
City Stars remains tenth, two points back.