Nzoia Sugar FC got only their second goal of the season during round 4 of the BetKing Premier League (BKPL) but will have to wait a little longer for their first full set of three points. Coming from behind to share the spoils with visitors Posta Rangers on Saturday 19th at the Sudi Stadium, Nzoia- with the aid of youngster Erick Otieno’s thumping header, grabbed something off the tie.
The draw follows a round three loss to Vihiga United and the lanky striker believes good tidings are yet to come.
”There was a little improvement in the second half as compared to how we played in our last game against Vihiga. We wanted more and created more chances,” says the 18 year old who started upfront alongside another lad Elisha Wekesa.
The sugar millers have had numerous squad rotations, with names appearing on the match day squad and disappearing in the subsequent rounds. An indication the they are still in search of their best eleven outfit. On Saturday, both Cliff Kasuti and Moses Mwale did not line out and in their places, Elisha and Maliachi Evans were trusted for duty. Youngster Daniel Musamali was also brought back for a start.
With time, Otieno sees a side that will trouble opponents as they have all it takes to do the job.
”Most of us are very young and we are just settling in. I believe that we are a side to watch out for and Saturday’s performance will give us more courage to make use of the chances we create,” he continues.
Posta Rangers had taken the lead from the spot through Joseph Mbugi- Dennis Maliachi, had been adjudged to have brought down Eliud Lokuwam in the box during a cross. This was only the first half and the hosts had to come out for a big second half if they were to appease the handful fans who had showed up for the match.
A double midfield change occurred briefly before any meaningful impact as both Okanda Felicien and Gaetan Masha- a little colourless on the day, were withdrawn in favor of Felix Mboya and Phillip Muchuma. Pressure now mounted on the visitors Posta and when Otieno rose to meet a Maliachi cross, there was no stopping him.
”I had already had a headed attempt on goal but it went wide. So I knew what to correct when I saw the next cross from the right wing,” he describes his equalizer.
He wants more.
”It’s just a start for me. As I striker I need to score goals and be responsible for my team’s wins. As soon as we start winning I’m sure I’ll feel better to have scored. For now, I am glad I helped my team grab one point,” he concludes.
The Sugar millers sit win-less at 2 points in position 15 on the log. They have drawn twice and lost just as much. As they look forward to improving on their scoring tally, they take on Bidco United on Wednesday 23rd in a round 5 away BetKing Premier League clash.