Elvis Nandwa (right) leads the celebration for his second goal against Thika United, with team mates Omar Boraafya (c) and Masita Masuta
Ulinzi Stars started the new month on a winning note, with a well worked 2 – 0 win over their hosts, Thika United in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash staged at the Thika Sub County Stadium on Sunday 1 July.
The win, served by a brace from Elvis Nandwa, was a welcome relief for the Soldiers after going on a run of five winless outings prior to the clash.
Ulinzi trooped to the clash on the back of a 0 – 2 loss to runaway league leaders Gor Mahia and heeded head coach Dunstan Nyaudo’s call to settle in early, as Nandwa spotted Eliud Emase off his line and lobbed him for a second minute opener.
The second goal should have come in the seventh minute after a goal mouth melee that saw Geoffrey Kokoyo’s header blocked and Nandwa miss the target by inches after picking the spills.
The momentum went a bit down as the quarter hour mark approached and Thika United created to great openings, first with Eric Muthi who shot off target against an exposed Timothy Odhiambo before Valentine Nyandika also fluffed a shot when well placed.
Masita Masuta should have added a second at the stroke of half time but his low shot hit the post.
Thika keeper denied Michael Otieno from close range early in the second half and substitute Omar Boraafya won a free kick in the 69th minute which was floated in by Daniel Waweru and Nandwa rose the highest to plant his header home for the midfielder’s seventh goal of the season.
A couple of chances fell on Elijah Mwanzia’s path but the newly signed forward could not direct any home as Ulinzi held on for the full haul of three points to hit 33 and rise to fourth on the log.