Kakamega Homeboyz FC dispatched Nzoia Sugar 2-1 in a round 26 BetKing Premier League match played from 1 pm at the ASK Nakuru Showground, the goals coming from in-form midfielder Shami Kibwana and Ghanaian import Stephen Opoku. A late Gabriel Wandera consolation is all the sugar millers picked from the clash.
Nzoia, the home team on this occasion, went into the clash on the back of a 2-2 draw at the same venue against Western Stima on Tuesday and came up against a side that had scored seven goals in their last two matches at the ASK. They had to stay careful.
The hosts, though, intending to at least grab their first full share of the spoils at their newfound home venue, went on the offensive, and duly troubled Homeboyz defense that was on the day missing both centerbacks George Odiwour and Sylvester Owino.
Francis Omondi, synonymous with the midfield, had been drafted by Coach Nicholas Muyoti to slot in for Owino who is out in international duty with the Kenya U23’s. Hillary Simiyu and Gaetan Masha’s early threats were however dealt with by the new Homeboyz backline.
In the 38th minute, Shami Kibwana, fresh from scoring a double brace in their last two outings, struck- and from an unlikely position. Having gone to deliver a corner kick, this found its way in with Humphrey Katasi in goal for Nzoia caught unawares.
Nzoia trailed at the break and needed an uplift in order to overcome the Homeboyz side.
Coach Ibrahim Shikanda withdrew Simiyu in favour of former St Anthony’s Kitale forward Titus Kapchanga in a bid to get the goals but it would be Homeboyz who stretched their lead.
Ghanaian Stephen Opoku, in a nice interchange of play with Shami Kibwana, fired into the top netting for Homeboyz’s 2-0 lead by the 77th minute.
Nzoia were to be handed a reprieve in stoppage time when Kingsley Fasanmi brought down Gaetan Masha in the box, and a penalty award. Skipper Gabriel Wandera slotted the penalty kick for 2-1, and as soon as play resumed, referee Dan Ogosi belt for full time.