Western Stima were dominant in attack for long periods in the opening half with the irresistible Paul Odhiambo causing countless problems for Sony
There was no separating Western Stima fromSony Sugar after 90 minutes of a feisty affair in Mumias. Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno’s men left Mumias Sports Complex with a valuable point but it came at a cost as he watched two of his players, Nafthali ‘Bob’ Okombo and Samuel Otieno stretchered off in each half and rushed to hospital.
Stima, similarly failed to take full advantage of a partisan home crowd to win the match on a day that saw league leaders Tusker surrender their lead at the top of KPL table after going down 1-0 to Chemelil Sugar.
Western Stima were dominant in attack for long periods in the opening half with the irresistible Paul Odhiambo causing countless problems for Sony Sugar left-back Odette with his direct running and trickery on the ball.
Sony seemed to have no answer to Stima’s attacking trident of Wesley Kemboi, Batambuze Shafik and Odhiambo. ‘Zico’s men had their custodian Lucas Indeche, who has been in inspired form all season to thank when he saved a swerving Fredrick Shimonyo free-kick in 28th minute.
The pressure finally told three minutes later and it came as no surprise when Odhiambo finally broke the deadlock after a sweeping move involving the three attackers when he rifled home from the edge of the area to put Stima deservedly in front.
Stima would have had a second goal when Odhiambo’s shot was brilliantly saved by Indeche, diving low to his left to keep Sony in the game. Sony responded well with Okombo’s replacement Samuel Onyango working intricate passes with Edwin Oduor in trying to find Marwa Chambiri and John Bosco upfront but their final ball was sorely lacking thanks to George Wesa, who was utterly dominant in winning every duel with the Sony front men.
Sony were being forced into turnovers, losing possession in their own half due to Western Stima’s incessant pressing with Oduor the main culprit leading to the games first yellow card as Anthony Odinga reckless lunge on Shafik outside the box. The resultant free-kick was wasted.
Sony, buoyed by their strong finish to the first half were pouring forward at every opportunity and were duly rewarded 9 minutes into the second half when Chamberi found himself free in the box planting a deft header past Mandela to restore parity for ‘Zico’s men.
Western Stima were playing a high line as they pushed forward in search of a second goal but they were caught of position time and again but Sony failed to capitalize each time. Collins Neto and John Kiplagat were brought in by Henry Omino in a clear attempt to try and force the issue but it bore no fruit and the score line remained the same until final whistle.