John Kago in action against Hassan Abdalla in the clash at Mbaraki Stadium on Sunday 8th April which ended 1 – 1
The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash against Bandari FC at the Mbaraki Stadium turned out to be a game of two halves as a great second half comeback saw Ulinzi Stars snatch a point in the dying minutes of the 1 – 1 draw on Sunday 8th April.
Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo opted for a change in attack handing starts to Enosh Ochieng and Ibrahim Shambi with the former handed the nod to lead attack before paving way for lead scorer Masita Masuta who netted a late goal after spells of dominance to see the team pick a point.
The first half undoubtedly was Bandari’s, with the home team constantly testing James Saruni and keeping the defence on toes before Ugandan William Wadri finally broke the deadlock in the 25th minute after a moment of indecisiveness hit the Ulinzi defence, allowing Wadri easy possession and he slammed low past an exposed James Saruni.
The goal came after an early miss by defender Bernard Odhiambo who picked a not – so – well cleared ball after Bandari corner and whipped it towards goal but a slight deflection took it off and on the other end a nervy moment for Bandari saw goalkeeper Faruk Shikhalo spill right into Shambi’s path but the forward was not anticipating the fortuitous ball and the keeper had time to make follow up and gather the ball.
Coach Nyaudo withdrew Shambi for Masuta and had to effect a change in the system with John Kago replacing Churchill Muloma and Cliff Kasuti coming on for Enosh. The changes had immediate impact with Ulinzi spending considerable time in the Bandari area and missing quite a number of chances in the final ten minutes.
Masita Masuta had a shot flash wide when with full view of the post after failing to communicate with Kasuti and Kasuti brushed a header just wide moments laster, before Elvis Nandwa shot wide from inside the box.
The game was headed to a close with Bandari on the up, until Brian Birgen roused the hosts with a good run and cross that was first missed by Bernard Odhiambo then Felly Mulumba and was picked by a waiting Masuta to slam home his fourth goal of the campaign.
With Posta Rangers having lost to Zoo FC, Ulinzi Stars rose by a place to sixth on the log with 15 points.