Players celebrate Masita Masuta’s goal against Chemelil Sugar at Afraha Stadium on Sunday 29th April
First half goals from Oliver Kiprutto and Masita Masuta were enough to steer Ulinzi Stars to a second straight win as the team folded a tough month in April on a high, beating Chemelil Sugar 2 – 0 at Afraha Stadium.
Ulinzi were never troubled in the game, establishing early dominance, with Chemelil, who had just arrived in Nakuru hours to the game, showing signs of fatigue, and failed to test goalkeeper Jacktone Odhiambo, much thanks to smart defending from the back line marshalled by Hassan Mohamed.
Michael Otieno was a constant threat to Chemelil, his former employers, with tricky runs on the left and dangerous crosses but most of these didn’t get the perfect connection in the box.
The breakthrough however came in the 18th minute when Kip stepped up to take a free kick after Nicholas Akoko of Chemelil had impeded Daniel Waweru about 25 yards out. The defender expertly curled in a dipping kick tjat beat John Waw at his near post.
The second should have come two minutes later as Ulinzi pushed numbers forward and Otieno found Elvis Nandwa with another of his teasing crosses but Nandwa hit high.
In the 24th minute Masita saw his well taken header hit the bar from Otieno’s cross and the growl and expression in his face at the miss said all.
Masita’s fifth goal
The striker would however make up for the miss in the 37th minute with his fifth goal of the season.
Much credit to Otieno for following onto a high ball heading out with Chemelil defenders already walking away. The cross met perfect anticipation frpm Masita whose leap way ahead of his markers gave him advantage and he thumped the ball past a hapless Waw.
Hassan Mohamed also hit the back of the net with a thumping header from another of Kip’s free kicks early in the second half but his celebration was cut short as assistant referee Geoffrey Ndeva had his flag up.
Chemelil had a change of personnel late in the game and managed a few threats that were well dealt with as Ulinzi held on for a sixth clean sheet of the season and consolidated fourth place, now with 22 points.