Nzoia fight back to hold Stima in Nakuru

Western Stima FC, despite leading twice, were held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Nzoia Sugar FC in a round 25 BetKing premier League match played at the ASK Nakuru Showgrounds from 1 pm.

Leading through Baron Oketch in the first half, Stima would see their lead cancelled by John Mwangi but reclaimed it soon enough through Rodger Omondi. Kenyan international Kevin Juma however, had other ideas for the Sugar millers, scoring a last minute equaliser.

Coach Ibrahim Shikanda kept his faith on striker Hillary Simiyu, scorer of their winner last time out against Bidco United, and on the afternoon, would have to breach through a defense pairing of Mukisa Junior and Kennedy Odhiambo for the hosts.

Former Gor Mahia man Baron Oketch has had a stellar season despite his team languishing in the relegation zone and he would be the first with the match’s first real chance. Humphrey Katasi in goal for Nzoia however, stopped him in the tenth minute.

Shikanda has, due to poor results in the recent past, had to try out every single player from his squad and Joseph Mwangi is a beneficiary of this. Staring wide on the flanks, he would orchestrate the visitors’ first real chance of the game but his shot from inside the box going just inches wide. 17 minutes had been played, and Stima perhaps, now wanted something real.

Youngster Rodgers Ouma picked out Baron at the half hour mark and the speedy forward made no mistakes, firing in the opener past Katasi.

A yellow card just before the break was all Nzoia could take as the teams went into half time with Stima tails up.

Having sniffed Stima’s goalmouth in the first half, it would be Mwangi, ten minutes upon the resumption to drive in the leveller. Nzoia then poured forward for the lead.

An upsurge in sporadic attacks from the pace Nzoia men saw midfielder George Ojunga booked for a late challenge on Gaetan Masha. Baron was on his final legs by the 70th minute and noticing this, coach Juma Abdallah threw in Patrick Otieno in his place. Rodgers Ouma would then respond with a goal for himself to reclaim Stima’s lead in the 78th minute.

Drama was however, left for late in the tie as Kenyan International Kevin Juma, a defensive midfield anchor for the sugar millers, went forward to draw Nzoia level right at the stroke of ninety minutes.

It would end this way with the point perhaps more beneficial to Nzoia.

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