Elvis Nandwa celebrates after scoring the equalizer against Vihiga United in a past match. He scored his eighth goal of the season as Ulinzi beat Chemelil Sugar 2 – 0 in the 28th round of matches
Ulinzi Stars strolled back to winning ways with a 2 – 0 win over Chemelil Sugar in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash staged at Chemelil Sports Complex on Saturday 25th August.
The Soldiers headed to the clash on a dry run of four winless outings, the last three of which were straight losses but after going a total 379 minutes of football without getting a goal, Elvis Nandwa ended the lean run with the opener in the 19th minute.
The ambition and the hunger from Ulinzi was quite clear from the opening minutes as the team literally camped in the Chemelil Sugar area and a hardworking Enosh Ochieng should have opened the scoring but his on target shot went straight to the keeper in the sixth minute.
Off the post
Enosh was at the end of another inviting flick by Masita Masuta off Omar Mbongi’s throw in and he looped the ball over the keeper but his effort bounced off the post for a goal kick. He however played the provider in the 19th minute after picking a pass on the flank and perfectly rolled the ball to Nandwa who picked out the keeper from outside the box with a delightful shot for the first goal.
Nandwa looked to return the favor in the 23rd minute but a well taken shot from Enosh was blocked for a fruitless corner and Daniel Waweru too got blocked for another corner as the game headed to the break with Ulinzi Stars in the lead.
Chemelil Sugar resumed a much improved side in the second period, with coach Francis Baraza making changes as Felix Oluoch swapped places with Aluvisia Silas but it was Ulinzi Stars who had the first chance of the half, in the 61st minute, with Oliuver Ruto’s free kick going close.
Chemelil’s Bliss Kityo stung James Saruni’s palms with a good shot but the skipper was equal to it and on the other end Ruto went close again with a free kick before Chemelil’s Bernard Biko hit the post from a free kick.
Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo pulled off goal scorer Nandwa in the 69th minute for Harun Mwale and the change proved to be a master stroke as the left winger went on to provide the pass for Enosh, who made it two for Ulinzi in the 84th minute.
The win saw Ulinzi Stars move a place up to fifth place on 41 points after 28 matches.