A total of 29 goals were scored yesterday during a busy day midweek action for the Betika National Super League, with the league’s leading trio Talanta, Coast Stima and Fortune Sacco getting solid wins at their home bases.
League leaders Talanta left it late to beat seventh placed Silibwet Leon’s 2-0 at Ruaraka Grounds and now have 13 points in their bag.
Second placed Coast Stima silenced their siblings Nairobi Stima 3-1 at Mbaraki Grounds while third placed Fortune Sacco retained their spot after a 2-0 win over neighbours and bottom placed Muranga Seal.
Coast Stima and Fortune Sacco are also on 13 points but with inferion goal differences.
Former Kenyan Premier League side Mt. Kenya United who are yet to taste victory, drew 1-1 at Camp Toyoyo against league debutants Soy United in an epic clash.
“We played with character and I am so proud of the boys. We should have won the match given the pressure we applied especially after our equalising goal but we are happy with the point at least.
We must stay positive that things will change for the better,” said Mount Kenya tactician Thomas Okongo.
In the opening half of the tie, it was the hosts Mt. Kenya United who settled faster and caused havoc to their opponents, threatening to clamp down the South Rift side.
As early as the seventh minute, Mount Kenya’s Josephat Lodaga forced a mistake off Soy’s Branwel Nabimia, before his powerful left foot shot came off the cross bar with goalkeeper Yusuf Leman well beaten.
Fourteen minutes later, Kevin Ndungu ran into space for Mount Kenya but he was well read by the Soy custodian who quickly thwarted the attack.
The second half saw a more charged affair as both sides were desperate for a goal.
It took a short while before things began shaping up as Oyalini caught a loose ball from his box in the air and lobbed a lovely ball beyond goalkeeper Philip Okayo that forced the visitors technical bench to come on their feet.
At the 69th minute, moments after the Mt.Kenya team had taken total control of the game and the league newcomers tiring, a poorly marked corner by the Soy defence found a well placed substitute Jackson Juma whom powered home the equalizer as the opponents play started disintegrating even as the Nigerian power forward Olaniyi was substituted with minutes left to play as the remainder of the match was occasioned by poor anticipation from both sets of players.