Ulinzi Stars redeemed themselves from a series of poor shows in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) when they piped Chemelil Sugar 1-0 at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County on Tuesday afternoon.
Daniel Waweru scored from the spot to earn Ulinzi the three important points, taking their tally to 32 from 20 outings.
However, the team remains fourth behind leaders Gor Mahia, Sofapaka and Posta Rangers.
It was a sweet victory for the soldiers who had lost four matches in a row, and, having been beaten by the sugar millers
2-1 in the May first leg.
The Benjamin Nyangweso charges who are preparing to travel to Burundi to defend the East African Military Games title on Thursday, will be facing Gor when they return in their next KPL fixture.
After 17 minutes, the soldiers were awarded a controversial penalty kick by referee Nyabera Libasi after defender Clifford Omondi handled inside the box.
Taking the resultant spot kick, Waweru fired his fourth goal of the season that left Chemelil’s custodian Jairus Adira stranded.
After this goal Ulinzi looked fired up and made sporadic raids on Chemelil defense that did not translate into any goals.
On resumption in the second half, Enosh Ochieng came close to doubling up the scores for Ulinzi Stars but his rocket inside the danger zone missed the target in the 52nd minute.
Ulinzi goal had a narrow shave in the 56th minute when goalkeeper James Saruni was forced to stretch full length to parry off a curving corner kick by Chemelil captain Smith Ouko.
John Kago joined the list of misfiring Ulinzi Stars striker on the hour mark when his rising shot went over the crossbar.
Coach Benjamin Nyangweso introduced top striker Stephen Waruru and Bernard Ongoma for Enosh Ochieng and Daniel Waweru but this did not alter the scoring chart.
On the opposite side, Chemelil coach Abdallah Juma introduced Collins Neto and Johana Mwita for Clifford Omondi and Moses Arita.
The changes changed the millers attacking pattern with goalkeeper James Saruni coming out of his position to save the soldiers from the sugar millers raids.
Chemelil play away to Muhoroni Youth in their next match on Saturday.
Report by Evans Asiba
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