Vihiga United coach Mike Mururi has lauded his charges for their Tuesday 15th 2-1 victory over away to Nzoia Sugar FC and believes they can build on that. Mururi, in charge of the side for hi fifth match since taking over from Sammy Okoth, was seeking hi first win and got an unlikely win at Sudi Stadium, a place that no one has beaten Nzoia from this season.
United took the lead through Luvanda Lawrence from the spot in the first half but the hosts rallied to tie the scores twenty minutes after the restart. Mururi’s men, sensing they would lose the tie, swiftly regained their lead two minutes later.
In a highly dramatic match, Mururi was sent off in injury time for protesting a penalty retake.
”I have to thank the boys for the spirited fight they put up. We have been working hard for the win and I liked the composure in the game even after the hosts had equalised. Character won it for us,” says Mururi.
Nine additional minutes were added to the clash and when a penalty was awarded to the hosts in the 7th minute of the added, there were protestations from the visitors. Gabriel Wandera stood behind the penalty and saw his kick saved by Mustapha Oduor who was then adjudged to have come out of his line.
This resulted into more protestations and Mururi was dismissed.
”There were emotions in the game and when you play away from and the opponent gets a penalty in stoppage time, it hurts. I don’t think I did anything wrong, I was just calming down my players and urging them to stay in the game,” adds the former Sofapaka coach.
The penalty retake was also missed and United bagged three crucial points that see them edge closer to Nzoia by two points. They have also drifted two points above Western Stima and sit fourth from bottom.