City Stars’ Lawrence Kasaadha was sent off by referee Nassur Doka in the first half for a flying challenge on Top Fry striker Maurice Odhiambo
Ten Man Nairobi City Stars managed to hold onto a barren draw against Nakuru Top Fry All Stars at Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday.
City Stars’ Lawrence Kasaadha was sent off by referee Nassur Doka in the first half for a flying challenge on Maurice Odhiambo, but the visitors never utilized their numerical advantage, City Stars clearly the better side in both halves.
Top Fry’s best chance of the game came in the 20th minute when John Ndirangu forced off a great save from Kevin Omondi in City Stars’ goal with a superb shot from way out. The game continued to be off color with neither of the team being clinical in their attacking play.
Top Fry had another effort after 35 minutes with Teddy Siwa laying off a decent low cross but no one was there to sweep the ball home, Kennedy Owino arriving late. With Kasaadha sent off in the 37th minute, Top Fry should have pumped more adrenaline into their attack but they never did so.
Raquib Milanzi should have done better with a chance on 43 minutes after Jimmy Bageya laid back the ball for him only to shoot over the bar.
In the second period, City Stars came back stronger and their numerical disadvantage was never evident. Kevin Ochieng had a decent chance in the 50th minute but he missed the connecting header six yards out from Dennis Ng’ang’a’s well laid up freekick.
On the opposite end, Top Fry’s Owino missed another chance failing to hit home after Erastus Mwaniki had done the dirty work on the wings to get him the pass.
The introduction of George Abege for City Stars completely changed the completion of the game as the tall Uganda added more worries to the Top Fry defense.
In the 60th minute, the striker returned back a decent header into play from a deep cross but the off color Jimmy Bageya could not head into the net, instead, taking the ball straight to keeper Evans ‘Jadu’ Omondi.
In 75th minute, Omondi pulled off another great save to deny Justus Basweti, who had taken a decent shot from the edge of the box.