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Kakamega Homeboyz 4-1(1-1) Singida United: Homeboyz loses on penalties again

4:57 PM IST 10/06/18
Kakamega Homeboyz v Singida United
The goal sent the game into a shootout and the visitors converted four of their five spot kicks with Homeboyz missing four

Singida United defeated Kakamega Homeboyz 4-1 on post match penalties to finish third in the Super Cup tournament at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru.

The game had to be decided by penalties after the teams played out to a one-all draw in regular time.

Wycliffe Opondo gave Homeboyz the lead early in the first half but Amara Diaby’s second-half goal gave Singida a lifeline as they went ahead to finish third after the Tanzanian forced a penalty shootout.

Opondo gave the host the lead in the third minute with a heavily taken shot following a sloppy defending by Singida United defence. It was the visitors, who started the match on a high note, forcing Michael Wanyika into a fine save.

The ball was brought in from the right by John Tibar, and it looked destined for the back of the net, but the custodian's touch ensured the ball hit the post and eventually flew out for safety.

Homeboyz reacted by initiating several counter attacks, but the one that paid dividends came in the fourth minute. The ball was played in and the defense failed to clear it.

Moses Mudavadi managed to get it and he played to the unmarked Wycliffe Opondo, who had no problem finding his way past the custodian.

In the 23rd minute, it could have been 2-0. Estone Esiye found space from about twenty-five yards, he shot a seemingly harmless ball, surprisingly it came off the goalkeeper's chest and Homeboyz could have capitalized on it, but Keiphas Mutuu committed a foul in the process.

Singida replied with an almost perfect move in the 35th minute but was let down by Ally Kennedy, who took a weak shot that Wanyika comfortably collected. 

The visitors came back stronger after the break, pinning the Nkata side into its own half. With several attempts within the first ten minutes after the break, an equalizer was inevitable.

It eventually came in the 60th minute; an inch-perfect ball was played to Kennedy on the right, and he did well to bring in a cross that fell kindly to Lyanga, and the striker headed it in for an equalizer.

Singida made no mistake from the penalties, scoring through Deus Kaseke, Miraji Adams, Shafik Batambuze and Lyanga. Homeboyz scored courtesy of Noah Wafula, with Benjamin Oketch blasting wide and Collins Kisuya failing to beat the goalkeeper.

Kakamega Homeboyz XI: Michael Wanyika, Hedmond Mauda, Andrew Waiswa, Benjamin Oketch, Collins Kisuya, Moses Chikati, Estone Esiye, Moses Mudavadi, Wycliffe Opondo, George Mandela and Keiphas Mutuu.

Singida United XI: Peter Manyika,  Miraji Adam, Chuku Salum, Antiri Maliki, Kennedy Juma, Amara Diaby, Deus Kaseke, Danny Lyanga, Ally Kennedy, Nizar Khalfan and John Tibar.