First half goals courtesy of Dennis Mukaisi and Andrew Kulecho help Homeboyz stun Chemelil and boost their hopes of avoiding relegation
Struggling Kakamega Homeboyz rekindled their hopes of surviving relegation axe with a 2-0 win over Chemelil Sugar at Bukhungu Stadium on Friday.
Following the win, Edward Manoah’s team moves to 14th on the log with 29 points, same as Mathare United, who have a better goal difference.
Captain of the day Dennis Mukaisi led from the front literally, scoring the opener and assisting the second as Homeboyz put up a spirited performance in a bid to taste a second season in top flight.
The home side started the match firing from all cylinders and could have taken the lead in 11th minute. However, Allan Otindo failed to beat Jairus Adira in Chemelil goal with a low shot just inside the box. Daniel Waweru had picked up the former Karuturi striker well placed inside the box, but Adira proved the better player in the situation.
Gaerson Likonoh had a rare chance for the sugar men on the opposite end but goalie Collins Oduor proved his mettle with a superb one handed save to deny the winger from a free-kick. Homeboyz finally opened the scores in the 24th minute through Mukaisi, who shot low into the far left corner of Adira’s goal after a lovely cross from the right.
Seven minutes later, Homeboyz stretched their lead much to the delight of the home fans with Andrew Kulecho shooting low with almost a carbon copy movement of the first goal. Wellington Murwayi dispossessed Gaerson Likonoh in the middle of the park sending Mukaisi through on the right.
The striker then laid off a one time cross into the box and Kulecho was well placed to take a low shot with good technique, ending up in almost the same place as the first goal. Minutes later, Dennis Mukaisi came close again but his shot was forced onto the bar by Jairus Adira.
Sensing danger, Chemelil coach Mike Mururi did two changes bringing in Sammy Wakhanya and Jared Obwoge as his attack was seemingly blunt. These changes proved to be the difference in the second period with the visitors piling pressure. However, the goal would never come home as they lost chances with a well disciplined Homeboyz defense taking good care of their custodian.
Pressure will now be on Sony and Mathare who play on Saturday. A defeat for both of them would be an early Christmas gift for Homeboyz, who will now pour all their money on beating AFC Leopards’ in their last fixture and waiting for the gods to arrange the beads in their favor.