Kakamega Homeboyz FC ran out 4-0 winners over visiting Western Stima in a round 18 BetKing Premier League match staged at the Bukhungu Stadium from 2p.
Stephen Opoku, George Odiwour, David Okoth and Stephen Wakhanya were the names on the scoresheet for the hosts.
Homeboyz started on a high, targeting Stima’s right flank and dully got the opener on just three minutes. David Okoth, having gotten the better of right-back Bravo Odhiambo, delivered a devastating cross that only needed a right footed finish by Ghanaian import Stephen Opoku. Homeboyz, rather than celebrate, huddled together for the next plan of action.
And it didn’t take long for them to figure out just how to grab the second. Having earned a set-play, on their attacking left, George Odiwour arrived unmarked to Stima’s blind side and drove home for 2-0 on 10 minutes.
Next up would be Okoth himself. The winger, having noticed the visitors’ high line, robbed Geoffrey Ojunga the ball in the half way line and only had goal keeper Richard Aimo to beat. This he did, and with Ojung’a having recovered to cover for his keeper, there was little he could do to prevent Okoth’s final ferocious shot on 16 minutes.
Stima had to make changes.
Coach Abdallah Juma threw in Karamor Michael for Chinonso Promise in the 30th minute, hoping, perhaps to pull one back before the break. Nothing was forthcoming and the hosts held on to a comfortable 3-0 lead at half time.
Rich Donald Bolo was coach Juma’s second change as the Kenya U20 International took Laban Otieno’s place in the 50th minute. Veteran James Ogada would soon follow in for Rodgers Ouma. Stima came close in the 54th minute, Juma Yusuf standing behind a 35 yard free kick. It would take the heroics of Geoffrey Oputi in goal for the hosts to tip it over the crossbar.
Homeboyz would wait till the 65th minute for their first changes as Shami Mwinyi and Wakhanya Steve took the places of goal scorer Opoku and Masinza. Wakhanya would scored the hosts’ 4th of the day, latching onto a Moses Mudavadi cross in the 68th minute.
Sensing fatigue despite the huge lead, Coach Nicholas Muyoti added more fresh legs upfront, Derrick Onyango taking up Ahmed Ali Bhai’s place while Arrot Robert was thrown in in favour of Okoth the goal scorer.
The search of. a consolation goal, or perhaps the beginning of an impossible comeback, saw Stima pile forward in huge numbers but Homeboyz’s last line of defence, whenever George Odiwour and Sylvester Owino had been breached, was Oputi in goal, tipping away a another dangerous effort from Kennedy Otieno in the 81st minute.
The hosts would hold on to win 4-0.