Ulinzi gun down Thika, Wanga double downs Leopards
- Ulinzi Stars gunned down Thika United 2-0 to bag all the three points at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Sunday afternoon
- James Nandwa scored in either half to seal the points for the visitors and get them back to winning ways after a series of draws and loses in their last five outings
Ulinzi Stars gunned down Thika United 2-0 to bag all the three points at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
James Nandwa scored in either half to seal the points for the visitors and get them back to winning ways after a series of draws and loses in their last five outings.
It was a dream start for the soldiers as they went in front on the 3rd minute starting the match with a clear intent, raiding Thika’s goal successfully.
Nandwa got his second of the game in the 69th from a free kick, jumping the highest in a congested box to head in from close range with the ball going through Eliud Emase’s hands.
The visitors stamped their dominance in the game, stringing neat passes in midfield and linking well with the attack to mount pressure on Thika’s defense line.
Ulinzi’s top scorer Masita Masuta, involved in the first goal also put himself in goal scoring positions but failed to hit the target in the 24th and 41st minute.
Nandwa was a thorn in Thika’s defence penetrating again on the 40th after he was put through on goal but a poor first touch spilled the ball to Emase who collected comfortably.
The hosts did little to trouble Dunstan Nyaudo’s charges with their best chance of the half fluffed away by new recruit Valentines Nyandika in the 14th minute.
He was perfectly picked out by James Kinyanjui from midfield but lacked the composure to slot the ball past an onrushing Timothy Odhiambo.
Eric Muthii was then flagged off for offside in the 38th minute after he beautifully connected with an identical ball from midfield but the soldiers’ custodian Odhiambo left nothing to chance making a save.
Ulinzi Stars matched on in the second half, piling pressure on Thika and calling Emase into action. Attempts by Nandwa and Michael Otieno bore no fruit early on but it did not take long before Ulinzi doubled the lead through a free kick nine minutes into the hour mark.
Thika were subdued and their frail attempts at Odhiambo’s goal were not enough to get the hosts back into the game.
Ulinzi Stars now move to fourth with 33 points and will next play Kariobangi Sharks whilst Thika United retain 16th position having amassed only 19 points.
Meanwhile at the Bukhungu Stadium, Allan Wanga netted a brace to end AFC Leopards five games unbeaten run and bag all the points for Kakamega Homeboyz.
The prolific striker opened his account on the 41st minute to take Homeboyz in front at the break.
He then added his second of the afternoon in the 67th minute to hand his team the victory.
Ingwe now sit on fifth with 32 points and will face Sony Sugar on their next league fixture.
Homeboyz are eighth on the log and will travel to Mombasa for their next assignment against Bandari.
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