English Premier League side Hull City beat SportPesa All Stars 2-1 in a friendly match played on Monday February 27, at KCOM Stadium.
Eliot Holmes scored the first goal for the hosts before they benefited from a second-half own-goal from Gor Mahia’s Harun Shakava.
Tusker midfielder Humphrey Mieno then found a consolation for the Stanley Okumbi coached outfit towards the end of the game.
The Hull City team, which was majorly composed of players from the club’s U23s, U18s and U16s sides, dominated the match’s first-half with Ben Hinchliffe, Greg Luer and Jarrod Bowen being instrumental.
The match stopped for over 10 minutes from the 11th minute mark when Wesley Onguso and Max Sheaf went for the ball seeing the latter being stretchered out of the field for treatment. Elliot Holmes was then introduced as a substitute and it took him only one minute to put the hosts in the lead.
On return, the Kenyan team looked energized and out to equalize. Makwatta and Wanga were pushing hard upfront but all their attempts were fruitless. Moses ‘Dube’ Odhiambo’s inclusion in the 56th minute stirred up the team further but it was unfortunate that Shakava tapped the ball past Patrick Matasi from a Hinchliffe cross in the 65th minute.
The struggle continued until the 86th minute when Mieno struck from outside 18 to etch his name on the score-sheet making it 2-1 at full-time. Notably, Sony Sugar’s 16-year old Joshua Otieno never set foot on the ball after he was introduced in place of Osborne Monday at the end of the game.
Hull City: Charlie Andrew, Stephen Akbas, Ben Adamson, Jacob Greaves, Josh Tymon, Ben Hinchliffe, Greg Olley, Max Sheaf, Jarrod Bowen, Marc Kelledy, Greg Luer.
Subs: Harvey Cartwright, Charlie Dunkerley, Mason Wilson-Rhiney, Elliot Holmes, Dean Windass.
SportPesa All Stars: Patrick Matasi, James Situma, Robinson Kamura, Haron Shakava, Wesley Onguso, Humphrey Mieno, Cliff Kasuti, Allan Wanga, Amos Nondi, Mark Makwata, Osborne Monday.
Subs: David Okello, Christopher Oruchum, Geoffrey Kataka, Moses Odhiambo, Haron Nyakha, Joshua Otieno, Samuel Ndung'u.