KCB come from behind to beat relegation threaten side

Thursday, May 20th, 2021 00:00 |
James Kinyanjui of Mathare United (left) shields the ball from David Ambulu of KCB during their FKF-PL match played yesterday at Ruaraka grounds. Photo/PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

Barry Silah and Edwin Otieno

KCB Football Club got back in the groove with a laboured 2-1 victory over relegation threatened Mathare United at the Ruaraka Stadium yesterday.

The result meant the bankers move to second position on the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League log on 33 points.

Goals from Vincent Wasambo and Derrick Otanga on either side of the halves were sufficient to compound the slum-boys problems with new coach Frank Ouna getting a baptism of fire on his first match in charge of the 2008 league champions.

“I have seen a lot of positives in the match and identified the things we need to change. I have given myself a target of five games to get off the danger zone.

The league is still very young in my view but I am happy with what I saw from the players,” said Ouna in a post-match interview.

It was a very bright start for Mathare United who only needed a defensive blunder off the Bankers left back Harun Thomas miss pass straight from the first whistle, to allow an approaching David Otieno to latch on to the ball with a stretched left leg to beat an off placed KCB captain and goalkeeper Joseph Ochola.

The goal that came just two minutes into the match was arguably the fastest goal scored this season.

From then on, the bottom side were confident as they pressed high with Danson Kago and Cercidy Okeyo being impressive in link-up play. Twice in the 18th and 20th minute, the quick footed James Kinyanjui almost found KCB custodian Ochola unawares.

KCB made several attempts to settle in the match and attempted to cause havoc to their opponents defense through David Owino and Martin Mbugua, but the well organised defence of the slum-boys marshaled by the pair of captain David ‘Cheche’ Ochien’g and the hawk eyed Lennox Ogutu even as Tyson Otieno offered good balance for the slum-boys.

The bankers patience paid off as Mbugua squared a good pass in the midfield to an unmarked Vincent Wasambo who ran 10 yards with his decisive and instinctive shot getting deflected past Job Ochien’g by ‘Cheche’ in added time of the first half just before the referee blew his whistle. 

The second half started on a high tempo particularly from KCB who were running the midfield with energy and precision particularly from Brian Ndenga.

Meanwhile 2009 champions Sofapaka will this afternoon be hosting reigning and multiple champions Gor Mahia in another mid-week league clash at the Wundanyi Stadium.

Sofapaka’s confidence has been boosted by their convincing 2-0 win over title contenders Wazito at the same venue on Sunday, but Gor also won their last league match, which was against Nairobi City Stars.

Sofapaka has only lost once in Wundayi and would interesting to see if K’Ogalo can inflict a second defeat on the home team.

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