Midfielder Elvis Nandwa in action during the game against Tusker at Ruaraka on Thursday 7th May, 2018
For the second straight match in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), Ulinzi Stars failed to find their footing early enough and conceded twice in the first half against Tusker on Thursday 7th June before going on to lose 3 – 0 at a chilly Ruaraka Stadium.
The team headed to the game straight from a 1 – 2 loss to Sofapaka, having conceded quick first half goals and the same was the case against Tusker as Brian Osumba sneaked in, beat the defence line and had an easy scoop over James Saruni to score in the 18th minute taking advantage of a lull in defence.
The second came was a sucker punch as it came just a few minutes to the break. A ball which should have been cleared well in advance drew a foul on Boniface Muchiri just outside the box and the forward dusted himself and took a sublime free kick that breached James Saruni;s goal for the second time.
With a 2 – 0 lead at the break, there was still hopes of a comeback in the second half even as the team trooped off for the coach’s pep talk.
That was however quashed after an attempt to pile pressure at the Brewers left spaces back in defence and Osumba took advantage, with a long ranger curling shot that beat Saruni for the third time in the game, just three minutes after resumption.
It was a bad day in office as we fell 0 – 3 to Tusker at Ruaraka on 7th June, 2018
There were signs of resignation from Ulinzi Stars and the skipper’s bad day in office would see him concede a penalty in the final minute of the match after racing off his line to stop an attack but ended up hacking down Muchiri to concede a penalty.
Brian Osumba stepped up to take it but blasted high, to keep the scores at 3 – 0 at the end of it and leave the team fourth at 28 points.