All square at Afraha as Saruni is sent off

Masita Masuta celebrates a goal in a past match. He was on target as Ulinzi Stars rallied to pick a draw against Kakamega Homeboyz

Ulinzi Stars skipper James Saruni was sent off in the final minutes of the clash against Kakamega Homeboyz as the team rallied from a goal down to pick a 1 – 1 draw at Afraha Stadium on Wednesday 13th June.

Heading to the game on the back of the home loss to Sofapaka (1-2) and an away loss to Tusker (0-3), head coach Dunstan Nyaudo had clear instructions to the boys to go for a win but the closest that came in the first half was Cliff Kasuti’s header that hit the post from Elvis Nandwa’s cross.

Ulinzi also survived a late scare in the first half as George Mandela hit high an inviting cross from Moses Mudavadi.

Second half

The second half started strongly for Ulinzi Stars but it was once again a case of missed chances as Kasuti and Nandwa both spurned chances before Hassan Kikoyo punished the team with a 67th minute goal from Noah Wafula’s cross.

Wafula would a few minutes later graze the Ulinzi Stars cross bar with a header from Eston Esiye’s cross from a corner, sounding the alarm bell that was well heeded by Ulinzi Stars, as eight minutes later, Kasuti unleashed a rasping shot that was punched by Homeboyz keeper.

Credit to Masita Masuta, who had made follow up and slammed the rebound home to save the team from a third straight league loss with his seventh goal of the season, and second against Homeboyz this season.

Saruni red card

As the game drew to a close, a collision between Saruni and Homeboyz forward Kikoyo saw a misplaced elbow meet Kikoyo in the face and referee Andrew Juma went for the red card, handing Saruni his marching orders, and with the subs done, Omar Mbongi donned the gloves and stepped in to do duty as keeper.

The draw sees Ulinzi stay rooted at fourth on the log with 29 points, eight behind league leaders Gor Mahia.

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