Kakamega Homeboyz FC left it late to dispatch FKF Premier League debutants Kenya Police FC 1-0, a league tie played from 2 pm at the Bukhungu Stadium.
Having been held to an opening barren half, Coach Bernard Mwalala’s men grabbed the all important goal through Ghanaian import Stephen Opoku, played well through a Yema Mwana dummy.
Homeboyz paraded an all attacking front that had some of last season’s top performers in the team as Etyang Stephen, Opoku Stephen, David Odhiambo, Chris Masinza and Moses Mudavadi who skippered the side. It would be all out from minute 1 with Police keeper Juma put to task by an Odhiambo shot.
Police, coached by John Bobby Ogola, sat back and waited on the counters. This wouldn’t work so well with Homeboyz’s centre-back pairing of Brian Eshihanda and George Odiwour thwarting every attempt way before they became too serious. Upfront for Police was NSL Golden Boot winner Cornelius Juma, returning to the top flight after a season in the cold.
Having paraded premier league experience in their midfield in the way of Lesley Otieno and Soita Silicho, both formerly with Vihiga United, a lot of tough duels took place in the middle of the park. The two teams, however, would have to take a 0-0 score-line at the break- Police the happier with the stalemate.
As soon as the second half began, Coach Mwalala sent out new signing Yema Mwamba to warm up alongside Stephen Wakanya. The duo would be introduced at the hour mark in the places of Masinza and Omondi. There would be immediate impact.
In the 72nd minute, Yema arrived to a Mudavadi Moses cut-back and executed a dummy that left Opoku with just Juma to beat in goal. The diminutive Ghanaian made no mistake. Homeboyz led 1-0.
The only thing left for Mwalala to do was hold onto the lead and so Sylvester Owino was thrown into the fold. Estone Esiye also had a few minutes on the clock and Homeboyz struck an important win on match day one.
Police will have to make amends in week two. For Homeboyz, a 1-0 win is enough confidence as they travel to Wazito in week 2.