Kariobangi Sharks beat Kakamega Homeboyz by a solitary goal to keep the pressure on leaders Tusker as the Betking Premier League (BPL) resumed on Friday at Utalii grounds.
This was not an easy tie for the home side who only had a solitary win in eight games against their opponents.
The home side started the match better with top scorer Kapaito going close after nine minutes but were handed an early lead by captain Patilla Omotto after an error by a Homeboyz defender.
The goal seemed to serve as a wake-up call for the visitors as they started attacking purposefully with Sharks keeper Brian Bwire making a good save.
Omotto then had another chance but his long-range effort hit the bar. Minutes before halftime, James Mazembe who has the most assists in the league was put through on goal but unselfishly tried to pass to Kapaito instead but the ball was quickly cleared to ensure the score remained 1-0.
Kakamega Homeboyz coach Nicholas Muyoti seemed to have encouraged his players as they pinned the home side in their own half as they desperately tried to search for an equalizer.
The Sharks defense guarded their backline well with John Kuol making some good clearances and it was them who had the clearer chance to score with Mazembe dragging his effort wide off the post.
Changes from Homeboyz did not seem to yield anything meaningful upfront without marksman Allan Wanga and the game slowly started turning into a fouling contest.
The home side then had the chance to put the game to bed late on but Peter Lwasa’s effort was saved brilliantly by Oputi in goal.
Homeboyz have now lost eight times in the league and are 8th in the league which is a far cry from last season where they finished second and had a chance to challenge for the title.
Three losses in the last five games doesn’t make for good reading and their defense will have to do better in upcoming fixtures having conceded twenty goals, the third most in the league.
Sharks are on an impressive run where they have dropped only two points in the last five matches and today’s victory was definitely sweeter as it was against an opponent they always struggle against.
They have a favorable run of fixtures and can look to reduce the five-point gap between themselves and leaders Tusker. Having the second-best attack in the league and still having Kapaito within their ranks, they should not be written off.