Akwana’s Metro halted as Kayole star in Super 8 rout
Metro Sports Coach Ezekiel Akwana rued defensive blunders as MASA shattered his side’s perfect run in the Super 8 League with a 2-1 win at a packed Makongeni Sports grounds.
Metro, who entered round five on the back of four straight wins went 1-0 down early when Tony Okello who took his tally for the season to a league-high five goals before Nelson Mandela’s beautiful free-kick put them 2-0 up.
That two-goal cushion lasted only two minutes as Boniface Olucho pulled one back from the spot to set a nervy last 10 minutes but MASA held on to secure all the three points.
“The game was good is just that we did not utilise our chances on our attacking third but I am impressed by how we played even though we lost. In the second half, they made good use of their opportunities and utilised defensive mistakes on our side.
“We paid for it but after the second goal we tried to contain them which we did well but there are some few areas that we are going to look into especially the defence and I believe we will come back stronger,” Akwana, a former AFC Leopards tactician said post-match.
His opposite number Hassan Andale said he was delighted by the results and challenged his players to use the win as a motivation and keep up with the fighting spirit.
“It was a tough match, our opponents were better tactically but we won comfortably and I congratulate the boys for holding on I believe we could have scored more goal but I am thankful for theresults.
“It is a vital win for us, we lost our last match and I believe it is a motivation for us moving on forward. We are going to keep on pressing on we are aiming for as many points as possible during the first leg and taking advantage of the home matches,” Andale remarked.
Despite the win, MASA remained fifth on the Super 8 log on nine points and just one shy of their opponents who also sit unchanged on third with 10 points.
Earlier on the same venue, holders Kayole Asubuhi romped to a 5-0 victory over a hapless Ajax Youth FC in a one sided encounter.
An early pin point header by Tobiu Olum and a 16th minute solo effort by Antony Musa gave the champions a first half lead before three quickfire second half goals from Moses Wambaki, Daniel Mwangi and Angola Melchezidek sealed the rout.
The win saw Kayole rise to fourth on nine points while the Rongai-based Ajax sit ten positions adrift on 14 with only three points.
Elsewhere, Kawangware United overpowered newcomers and archrivals NYSA 1-0 in a top-of-the table clash that saw Kawangware shoot to the summit of the league standings with 13 points.
Victor John’s goal in the 59th minute was all Kawangware needed to settle the Dagoretti derby as NYSA’s perfect run came to an end.
Earlier on the same venue, Moses Vurugo’s goal in the 78th minute was all Meltah Kabiria FC needed to dim Team Umeme. It meant Meltah added their points tally to five points as they climbed to 11th while Umeme slid on place down.
At Landi Mawe grounds, on-song Valdo Madegwa swept in a brace to guide Kiambiu Youth to a 3-1 win over visiting Ole Rongai FC who netted their only goal through John Odhiambo on the 63rd minute, three minutes after Dennis Omondi had scored the third goal and winner for Kamukunji based Kiambiu who now leap to seventh with nine points while Ole Rongai descend to 13th with four points.
A 10-man Shauri Moyo Blue Stars side beat Macmillan FC 1-0 at the same venue with Wycliffe Maikara rescuing the visitors in the 80th minute despite being one man less after Saidi Rashidi was shown straight red.
Newly promoted Macmillan who are finding it rough in the top flight are perched at the bottom of the standings with two points while Blue Stars climb three spots up to 10th position on 6 points.
At Drive Inn grounds, TUK’s winless streak stretched into game week 5 after being hit 1-0 away to rookies Zamalek FC. 2015 SPS8 Tournament top scorer James Mandela netted the only goal of the match on the 75th minute, his first since joining Zamalek from Kaimbiu Youth. The outcome means that TUK are rooted at second from below the chart while Zamalek are placed 8th with seven points.
East conference bigwigs and pre match favourites Jericho FC were punished 2-1 at home by Kabete United. Man of the match performance by Simon Ochieng who claimed the two second half goals saw Kabete took the maximum points that enable them move to sixth with nine points as Jericho move to ninth with six points.
FULL ROUND FIVE RESULTS
MELTAH KABIRIA 1-0 TEAM UMEME
JERICHO FC 1-2 KABETE UNITED
KIAMBIU YOUTH FC 3-1 OLE RONGAI FC
KAYOLE ASUBUHI FC 5-0 AJAX FC
KAWANGWARE UNITED 1-0 NYSA
MASA 2-1 METRO SPORTS FC
MACMILLAN 0-1 SHAURI MOYO BLUE STARS
ZAMALEK FC 1-0 TUK FC
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