Vihiga United earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over hosts Nzoia Sugar FC in a Tuesday 15th BetKing Premier league match played at the Sudi Stadium from 3pm. Lawrence Luvanda and David Wafula were the difference in a tie that had Muchuma Phillip’s goal serve as a mere consolation for Nzoia.
The visitors came near in just the fourth minute with David Kalama failing to tap home from close range after goalkeeper Humphrey Katasi had failed to deal with a Lawrence Luvanda cross. Kalama would fire right into Katasi palms again.
Kevin Omondi started upfront for United and having failed to get on the end of two crosses from the right, got frustrated and into the referee’s book for dissent in the 13th minute.
The hosts struggled to get past the visitors’ high defensive line and when they did, after 15 minutes, Gaetan Masha took too long to control a through ball from Musamali Dan and saw Ombeva Dennis recover to clear the ball.
United, highly physical on the day, earned a second yellow card in the opening stanza when Luvanda brought down Musamali in the middle of the park.
An unfortunate handball in the box as the teams played four minutes of added time earned United a penalty, tucked away by Luvanda Lawrence for a 1-0 lead at the break.
A determinted run by Felicien Okanda resulted into a goalmouth melee in the 65th minute, with Muchuma Phillip arriving to force the ball past the goal-line for the equalizer. Coach Ibrahim Shikanda, having tasted blood, threw in striker Hillary Simiyu as Nzoia pressed forward for the lead.
It would be Vihiga instead with the next goal two minutes after the equaliser when United skipper of the day David Kalama latched onto a loose ball in the 18 yard area to fire into the top corner for 2-1.
Okanda had the chance to restore parity once more but his miscalculated control in the box gifted Mustapha Oduor with adequate time to pluck the ball midair. Nzoia had come closest once again.
Vihiga would prevail to win 2-1.