Ulinzi Stars winless after another draw against KRA

Pressure continues to mount on Ulinzi FC coach Salim Ali after the team settled for a third consecutive draw against the newcomers at Afraha
Pressure has continued to mount on Ulinzi Stars head coach Salim Ali after the army side settled for a third consecutive draw against promoted side KRA at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Sunday.

Ulinzi are yet to win any match and have only scored one goal since the 2014 season began three weeks ago and Salim is under pressure to bring in results. The soldiers had a decent first half, creating many chances, but they never utilized them with KRA equally guilty opf missed chances in the second period.

In the first five minutes of the game, striker Allan Abulala, whose performance against AFC Leopards' earned him a starting berth against KRA, had two decent chances but he wasted both.

The first came on four minutes with Sylus Shitote overlapping on the right going past KRA players with ease before laying out for Kevin Simiyu, who put in a low cross. However, Abulala was unable to connect inside the box and the KRA defense managed to clear the danger.

His second chance landed seconds later, this time his left foot shot evading the target by inches. Kevin Amwayi had done the spade work from the left flank before releasing Abulala to shoot.

On the half hour mark, KRA had their first meaningful chance of the game on the counter attack but Geoffrey Omusula’s shot hit the side netting. Coach Ken Kenyatta was forced into a sub after defender and skipper Douglas Okumu pulled a muscle and he brought in Roy Okal with Ivan Anguyo slipping into central defense.

Ulinzi kept on with their pressure, attacking from the wings but their finishing let them down. Sylus Shitote again surged forward and brought in a superb low cross into the box but no one was there to finish the job.

The tax men came alive in the second period, taking the game to Ulinzi’s yard. They had a superb chance after 58 minutes but George Mwangi fluffed his chance one on one with keeper Francis Ochieng. Mwangi had broken the offside trap to face Ochieng, but he failed to beat him, the burly keeper forcing him to go wide and deliver a pass that Barrack Odhiambo shot over.

Ulinzi’s Stephen Waruru had a chance after 63 minutes but he shot wide after turning a defender inside out on the left. The soldiers had another chance on 70 minutes but they were unlucky not to score. Stephen Ochollah saw his tap from Mulinge Ndeto’s long throw cleared off the line with Allan Abulala shooting over the bar from the rebound.