Sony Sugar eliminated Ulinzi Stars from the Gotv Shield Cup round of 32, gunning down the misfiring soldiers 1-0 at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Saturday.
The Benjamin Nyangweso coached Ulinzi will blame themselves for the early exit in the tournament as they controlled the proceedings particularly in the second half where they wasted at least five clear-cut chances.
A reckless foul by Ulinzi Stars stopper Mohammed “Rio” Hassan on Sony Sugar’s Laban Gambareko inside the box put the Ulinzi on the firing end when referee Anthony Ogwayo awarded the sugar millers a penalty kick.
Taking the resultant spot kick, Amos Asembeka sent Ulinzi Stars second choice goalkeeper Jacktone Odhiambo the wrong way to fire home his seventh goal of the season to remain Sony’s top marksman.
Coach Nyangweso made one quick change in the second half introducing Enosh Ochieng’ for Cliff Kasuti while on the opposite side, coach Salim Babu brought in Victor Ademba and Yema Mwana for George Abege and Laban Gambareko.
Enosh Ochieng’ should have leveled the scores for Ulinzi in the 70th minute but his grass cutter was finger tipped out by stretching goalkeeper Kevin Omondi for a fruitless corner.
Nine minutes later
Ochieng’ continued with his tale of missed chances when he picked a rolling ball inside the six yard but his powerful shot sailed over the crossbar.
In the 81st minute, Ulinzi who virtually camped in the Sony rearguard but wasted another golden opportunity to take the game to extra time when Daniel Waweru’s blockbuster missed the target.
Seven minutes to full time, roving winger Samuel Onyango of Ulinzi joined the list of poor marksmen when his well taken shot outside the box rose over the cross bar.
A crestfallen fallen Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso blamed lady luck for the defeat. Ulinzi resume the their Premier League with an away match against Nakumatt while Sony will also be away to play Mathare United.
Elsewhere, Kakamega Homeboyz sunk Zetech FC 1-0, Sofapaka edged past Western Stima with a similar score as Kariobangi Sharks overcame Kenpoly 2-0.
Struggling AFC Leopards bounced back to winning ways to floor Nairobi Stima of the National Super League (NSL) 2-0, in the last fixture of the day.
Report by Evans Asiba.
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