Captain Dennis Odhiambo scored for Thika United at stroke of half-time to deny cash strapped Nairobi City Stars maximum points at City Stadium
Thika United and Nairobi City Stars played to a dull draw in a Kenyan Premier League match at City Stadium on Saturday.
The visitors, City Stars were the first to get into the score sheet courtesy of Jimmy Bagaye’s 30 yard goal but Dennis Odhiambo’s goal from the penalty spot on 43 minutes ensured the two sides shared spoils.
It was Thika United, who started the match better but could not make the chances count. They controlled possession well pressing City Stars into their own half. However, City Stars struck the opener after 17 minutes with virtually their first effort at goal.
Jimmy Bagaye struck a sublime goal, first taking a dummy before shooting from 30 yards out to give his side the lead. The goal dampened Thika as Tim Bryett’s side pressed forward to look for more goals. They should have made it two after 21 minutes but were denied by the impressive Thika goalie.
Calvin Masawa and Jimmy Bagaye had played a beautiful one-two from left side of attack before the Ugandan cut in a pass for Justus Basweti. However, the veteran’s shot was well saved by Thika’s custodian.
Victor Ashinga had another decent effort two minutes later with a sliced shot from the edge of the box but it went wide. Thika gradually came back into the game and Michael Olunga had a chance on the half hour mark but his header from Sammy Mejja’s corner went wide with City Stars custodian out of his line.
The equalizer came in the 43rd minute after Kevin Oliech handled inside the box. Skipper Dennis Odhiambo stepped forward to convert and get his side back on level terms. Kamau’s side never relented on their efforts to bag maximum points after the breather and Sammy Mejja had a chance from the left but he shot wide after beautiful exchanges of passes with Wycliffe Opondo.
Lawrence Kasaadha, who had come on for Jimmy Bagaye, had two efforts from free-kicks saved by Thika custodian. In Nakuru, a brace from Edwin Odour ensured Sony Sugar got a point from Ulinzi Stars as they drew 2-2.
Oduor had opened the scores in 26th minute before Stephen Waruru equalized. The Soldiers got second in the second period through Waruru, but Oduor took his side back to the game in 63rd minute. Ulinzi paraded their new signing John Nairuka in the match.