The team celebrates Ibrahim Shambi’s strike in the 4 – 1 win over Riverplate in the SportPesa Shield quarter finals
The fine run of form for Ulinzi Stars stretched on in the SportrPesa Shield with a well deserved 4 – 1 win over Riverplate in one of the quarter final match staged at Bukhungu Stadium on Saturday 1st August.
Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo gave defender Boniface Andayi his first game for the team, partnering him with Mohamed Hassan in central defence and as he enjoyed his debut, there was also a debut goal for Elijah Mwanzia, while Ibrahim Shambi also capped a fine afternoon with his first goal of the season.
Ulinzi Stars suffered a late setback ahead of the game after Cliff Kasuti was pulled off the team when he fell sick in the run up to the match. He was replaced by Daniel Waweru, who also got his name on the score sheet.
The team settled fast and dominated proceedings and in the process created numerous chances but most of these went begging until Enosh Ochieng capitalized on a defensive error from the hosts in the 35th minute to score on the second attempt after seeing his initial shot blocked.
The second goal was definitely the pick of the day; Omar Boraafya, returning to the team after a lengthy absence, picked the ball in midfield and passed to Mwanzia, who attempted a run but realized that his pathway was well covered and opted for a home pass.
He found a well positioned Ibrahim Shambi, who didn’t need a second invitation to shoot; and shoot he did, unleashing a thunderous shot from a good 25 yards out, giving the goalkeeper absolutely no chance as he doubled the scores just two minutes after Enosh’s opener.
The script was the same in the second half. A number of misses before Boraafya took on the Riverplate left back and crossed lowly to a waiting Waweru, who had the easiest of tasks, slamming home the third in the 57th minute.
Mwanzia would then add the fourth three minutes later as Ulinzi continued with the dominant display but the hosts pulled one back in the 67th minute through Kennedy Ondiri and won a penalty in the final minute, which James Saruni dived well to save.
Next up for Ulinzi Stars in the tournament is a clash with either Gor Mahia or Kariobangi Sharks, who face off on Sunday 2nd September in Machakos.