Chemelil gatecrushes top three party after Bandari win

  Posted: 21 Apr, 17:02

By: Alfred Kiura

Chemelil Sugar joined the top three bracket on the Kenyan Premier League table with a 1-0 win over visiting side Bandari on Friday 21 April 2017 at the Chemelil Complex.

Both teams proved a hard nut to crack with the first half ending on a goalless draw. However, a second half goal from Hillary Echesa is all Juma Abdalla’s side needed to get the vital three points.

Millers dictate

The hosts were keen to unsettle the visitors with John Mwita proving a menace to Bandari’s defense. With fourteen minutes played neither team was able to break down the other. In the 17th minute, Willis Ouma's cross was headed out by Waiswa Andrew before Danny Ssrenkuma fouled James Omino with the resultant free kick from Smith Ouko going out for a goal kick. The Millers were on the attack again this time Echesa’s pass finding Clifford Omondi but his feeble shot was easily dealt with by Bandari keeper Joseph Okoth. Juma Abdalla’s side got the first corner of the game after Mike Luvutsi cleared Willis Ouma’s cross. The corner taken by Willis Ouma was cleared by Waiswa. Bnadari managed to get a real chance at the hosts’ goal with Abdalla Hassan coming close to giving his side the lead but Chemelil defense proving a hard nut to crack. Shaban Kenga was also at it but he saw his shot go inches wide.

Chemelil later found the touch once more and this time, it almost got the lead but John Mwita saw his free header miss the target. The Dockers got a corner after Shaban Kenga’s shot at goal was deflected but it only turned out to be Chemelil’s counter attack with Echesa shooting wide. With the first half came to an end, Bandari’s striker Dan Ssrenkuma saw his shot at goal being cleared by James Omino.

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Echesa’s goal

The game resumed in the second half with Kenga’s shot being blocked by Willis Ouma for a throw ball. Kenga was at it again this time round seeing his cross being put away by Yusuf Juma before he saw his shot at goal be blocked. Chemelil later began to dominate the midfield play from Victor Majid and David Ojwang with John Mwita wasting an opportunity with a feeble shot at goal. Laban Gambereko came to life with a goal scoring opportunity when he beat Bandari goalkeeper Okoth only for him to shoot wide before he was withdrawn for Jeffery Owiti.

With goals proving difficult to come by, Paul Nkata made his first change bringing in Jacob Keli for Abdalla Hassan. Chemelil continued to press for a goal and Juma’s men finally found a way through Echesa whose shot from outside the box was too hot for Okoth to handle. Just after conceding the goal, Nkata made another change, bringing in his son Fred Nkata for Darius Msagha with the hosts dictating the pace. Juma also made another change, Echesa coming out for Oscar Oketch before Nkata made his last change, Michael Apudo in, Otewa Duncan out. With time not ON Nkata’s side, his men began to attack mercilessly but Smith Ouko stood to his ground disrupting any form of link ups from the opponents. Juma later made his last change of the game, Clifford Omondi for Faraj Ominde with four minutes being added. Jairus was forced to make a last minute save after he parred away Ssrenkuma’s shot only to fall on Kenga’s legs. Oketch was yellow carded for tackling Nkata with Adira also receiving a yellow card for time wastage.

Chemelil starting XI:Jairus Adira, Willis Ouma, Yusuf Juma, Smith Ouko, James Omino, Victor Majid, David Ojwang, Clifford Omondi, Hillary Echesa, Laban Gambareko Mwita, John Mwita

Subs: Richard Aimo, Benjamin Oketch, Oscar Oketch, Jeffery Owiti, Shaphan Oyugi, Faraj Ominde, Adebayo Olayemi

Bandari starting XI: Joseph Okoth, Otewa Duncan, Siraj M, Waiswa Andrew, Felly Mulumba, Luvutsi Mike, Mudde Musa, Abdallah Hassan, Danny Sserunkumma, Shaban Kenga, Darius Msagha

Subs: Indeche, Abich Noah, Shariff Mohammed , Fred Nkata, Apudo Michael, Anthony Wambani, Keli Jacob

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