Oscar Wamalwa celebrates one of his goals in the Nakumatt game staged at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos
Oscar Wamalwa came off the bench in the first half to strike twice as Ulinzi Stars fought from a goal down to beat Nakumatt FC 3 – 2 in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash staged at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
Wamalwa was introduced as replacement for Masita Masuta after the forward got off injured following a collision with goalkeeper Lucas Indeche in the 22nd minute, by then Brian Nyakan had already given Nakumatt the lead in the eighth minute after some erroneous defending.
Moments of pressure for Ulinzi were rewarded with a great counter attack after defending a corner and the move started by Brian Birgen had Michael Otieno cross in for Elvis Nandwa who had all the space to control and pick out Indeche for the equalizer on 35 minutes.
Wamalwa had a goal disallowed as Ulinzi piled pressure foir a first half lead but as the half time break drew nearer it became clear the teams would head out even.
Ulinzi resumed the second half the same way they had finished the first and Nandwa should have helped himself to a second goal but his tap from close range after Brian Birgen’s cross hit the post.
The introduction of Cliff Kasuti added even more punch to Ulinzi attack, the winger troubling Nakumatt with his pace. Kasuti’s first contribution in the game saw him hit the post with a low shot before Daniel Waweru failed to reach a teasing cross from Birgen with Indeche beaten.
Kasuti won Ulinzi a penalty in the 66th minute when he was hacked down in the box by Donald Mosoti and Wamalwa stepped up to convert the spot kick.
While Ulinzi seemed to be coasting to a win, what seemed like a clear penalty after Kasuti was felled by Rodgers Omondi was ignored and on the other end a handball in the box saw referee David Mulongo point to the spot and Mosoti would redeem himself with a goal from the 12 yards in the 84th minute.
More controversy would follow as a corner kick delivered by Oliver Ruto was handled in the Nakumatt box for a nother spot kick and Wamalwa once again slammed it past Indeche and Ulinzi held on to go third on the log with 19 points.