Sony Sugar moved to position seven in Kenyan Premier League table standing after edging out Kenya Commercial Bank 1-0 in a closely fought match played at Awendo Stadium on Saturday.
Chamberi rose to convert from penalty spot in the 16th minute as Sony defended their slim lead to run away with maximum points and condemn KCB to another defeat in the league.
Sony coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno was a relieved man at the final whistle. “We were not comfortable at 1-0 and I felt KCB could get something out of the match. They (KCB) pressed hard for a goal and this prompted a tense end to the contest.
“All in all we have won and have moved up the table. It was a must we get a win because our performance in recent weeks as not been impressive. We always create a lot of chances but never get goals.”
KCB coach Rishadi Shedu insisted that they deserved something out of the match. “A draw could have been a fair result,” Shedu told Goal.
“We gave our best and fought as hard as we could but that is football. We created many chances more than the home team but finding the back of the net was our main undoing. I still don’t believe that we have lost. My boys deserved a point from this fixture.”
Both teams started the match on defensive and no meaningful chances were created in opening ten minutes. KCB custodian Sammy Okinda denied Chamberi a chance to score in 12th minute after dividing at full strength to put the ball out for a fruitless corner.
Chamberi could not be denied in 16th minute calmly slotting home from penalty spot after Kevin Omondi’s hard tackle inside the box. Soon after, KCB then found the back of the net from Paul Kiongera after good work by Andrew Murunga but the goal was disallowed for offside.
Despite trailing 1-0, the bankers’ upped pressure going forward with Kiongera, Murunga and Tairus Omondi causing all sorts of problems for Sony Sugar defenders. Goalkeeper Lucas Indeche kept Sony in the game after he reacted quickly to save Omondi’s effort that was destined for goal.
The combination of Kiongera and Murunga was top class as the two once again played a one two move before Indeche came to Sony's rescue. Indeche was very outstanding and were it not for him; KCB should have scored before going to half-time break.
The win now takes Sony to seventh position on the log after collecting 18 points while KCB are languishing second from bottom with six points from thirteen matches.