Dagoretti dispatch Kisumu Day to storm semis


Dagoretti Boys during a group moment at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu. (PHOTO/Dan Ogega)
Dagoretti Boys during a group moment at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu. (PHOTO/Dan Ogega)

In Summary

  • Dagoretti Boys sailed into semi-finals of the 2019 KSSA Term Two Games on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over hosts Kisumu Day and Boarding at Moi Stadium Kisumu
  • Zablon Kutera converted a second half penalty before Hamdi Mohamed struck to secure Dagoretti's secured victory in as many matches at the competition

Dagoretti Boys football team sailed into semi-finals of the 2019 KSSA Term Two Games on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over hosts Kisumu Day and Boarding at Moi Stadium Kisumu.

Zablon Kutera converted a second half penalty before Hamdi Mohamed struck to secure Dagoretti’s secured victory in as many matches at the competition.

The Nairobi region champions won by a similar scoreline against Mbooni boys in their opening match on Tuesday.

Both teams enjoyed an equal share of possession in the opening exchanges but it was Kisumu Day who showed a sense of urgency with talisman Beevon Odhiambo coming close inside the opening quarter-hour.

Dagoretti replied shortly after when Laurent James’ close-range effort was parried by Kisumu Boys keeper John Muiruri for a corner.

With five minutes left before the breather attacking midfielder Otieno Aldine played the ball into the path of Omondi Simon who then fired wide to mark the hosts’ major highlight in the opening half as the teams went into half time deadlocked.

Dagoretti came back in the second half more animated, and their quick build-up play and crisp passing made the difference as they created more chances.

Kutera converted from the spot to give them the lead in the 56th minute before marksman Mohamed put the match beyond Kisumu Day by nodding home their second.

Dagoretti boys head coach Joseph Makokha could not hide his delight at the final whistle.

“Am happy we have won our second game. We respect each team, and we take every game as a final.” He said.

After previous near misses, the coach is adamant they have what it takes to with this year’s edition.

“We are here to win it after previous disappointments. We know things are tough, but we are up to the task.’ He added.

His Kisumu Day counterpart Booker Ogutu rued the wastefulness of his strikers in front of goal as the reason they lost their second game in a row.

“Even though we lost, we dictated the game. However, we were poor in terms of finishing as we failed to convert three clear cut chances. I hope we will be better in our next match.” He told Citizen Digital.

My players have done since they managed to play according to plan. However, I feel that we have to play better in the attacking quarter if we are to win our games.

With his team already eliminated, he says his boys must win their last game to bow out on a positive note.

“We are playing Mbooni Boys in our last much, and that is a must-win for us since we want to exit with our heads held high.” He asserted.

Elsewhere Ebwali settled for a 1-1 stalemate with Mbooni Boys.

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