Kakamega Homeboyz shock Yanga FC to reach Super Cup semis

Goal Kenya.
Kakamega Homeboyz will now meet the winner between Gor Mahia and Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi from Zanzibar

Kakamega Homeboyz pulled perhaps their biggest display in the recent past when they knocked out Tanzanian giants Yanga out of Super Cup tournament.

Ugandan tactician Paul Nkata announced his arrival in Kakamega with a 3-1 victory against Yanga to move to the semi-finals of the knockout tournament. 

Nkata took over from Mike Mururi, who has since joined Vihiga United, but the Ugandan sent a clear message to fellow KPL opponents with a courageous performance at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium.

The clash pitted two teams with completely different sets of history. On one hand was Yanga, the most successful Tanzanian club that enjoys 27 domestic league titles; on the other side, Homeboyz, who, for the first time, were facing an opponent from outside Kenyan borders.

The ‘little known’ Homeboyz made good use of their underdog tag to frustrate Yanga with a brace from Allan Wanga and a late goal from substitute Wycliffe Opondo for a historic win.

Despite stepping on the Afraha pitch as the clear underdogs, Homeboyz took the game to the visitors with Wanga and Moses Mudavadi proving a menace on Yanga defense every time they had a touch on the ball.

Yanga were the first to attack their opponent when the visitors forced Homeboyz' custodian to an early save when he came off his line to deny Akilimali Barvan, who had raced inside the home side box but a late execution.

On the other end, former Azam striker Wanga lost his footing when he was left with only a defender to beat as Homeboyz exerted their weight behind the ball in the early exchanges.

Wanga once again came close at the quarter hour mark, but he was denied by tight marking even as his persistent claim for a penalty was turned down by the center referee.

Yanga almost got punished by Mudavadi, who took four defenders only to be let down by his final delivery. Wanga buried the ball on top of the roof from a tight angle after Homeboyz forwards made fun of Yanga’s defense with seven touches from the right to take the lead in the 26th minute.

Wanga doubled his effort from the spot just four minutes later to give Homeboyz a two goal advantage. A pacy Mudavadi hit the side netting in the 54th minute after Homeboyz once again made a raided on Yanga after Wanga had missed his initial attempt.

Yanga cut the deficit eight minutes later with a beautiful free-kick from outside the edge of the box that left Michael Wanyika with very little options. Mahadhi Juma was beaten to pace by Tshimbi Papy’s cross from the right as Yanga tried to come back into the match but the effort did yield any fruit.

Substitute Opondo made it three with an 85th minute goal that went between Yanga defender’s legs into the empty net.

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Homeboyz XI: Michael Wanyika, Hedmond Mauda, Smith Ouko, Benjamin Oketch, Collins Kisuya, Moses Chikati, Mahadhi Juma, Moses Mudavadi, Ali Bhai(73' Wycliffe Opondo Noah Wafula, Allan Wanga (61' Hassan Kiyoyo).

Subs: Arakaza Arthur, David Juma, George Mandela, Mutuu Keiphas, Odiwuor George and Andrew Waiswa.

Yanga XI: Routhe Yostand, Ramadan Hassan, Mgwali Mwinyi Shaibu Abdalla, Said Ali, Mwakalukwa Maka, Mahadhi Juma, Tshimbi Papy, Mateo Simon, Buswita Pius and Akilimali Barvan.