The Nakuru AllStars D team coach, coach Wekesa, has gone out to heap praise on youngster Walter Muindi, after the player netted a hat-trick on Saturday April 12th, where the team was playing a friendly match against West Youth FC.
The team was using the friendly match as a warm up to the Nakuru District league, which is scheduled to kick off this coming weekend.
The 10am kick off match at the Nakuru Athletic Club grounds saw the AllStars take a comfortable 2-1 half time lead through goals from Kefa Wagara and Walter Muindi. The team then took their neat first half display into the second half, and it didn't take long before Muindi scored his brace to make the score 3-1 in favor of the home team.
Joel Kimani made it 4-1, just before the visiting team netted their second goal of the day to make it 4-2. Bairex Onyango restored his team's three-goals cushion by scoring the fifth goal to take the scores to 5-2.
Muindi was not yet done terrorizing his opponents, as his solo move wrapped up his day of fine form, when he scored his third goal and the sixth for his side - thus giving his team a 6-2 end result.
"Muindi was impressive during that game. All his goals showed what the boy is capable of. He was without a doubt the man-of-the match." the coach said. "I hope he carries that performance into the league as that is what we will be expecting of him and the rest of the players in the squad as well. " coach Wekesa added.
AllStars utility player Teddy Siwa has said that the element of luck was not on their side, as the team loss yet another away league match to fellow premier league newcomers KRA FC, in a match that was played on Saturday April 12th at the City stadium in Nairobi.
After having lost all of their previous four previous away matches, the AllStars were very determined to end that poor run with a good result over their next opponents. "We really needed to get a good result off that match because we desperately needed to end the poor run of results away from home." Siwa said.
The 2pm kick off match got off to a very high tempo in terms of pace of the game from both sides. Every player looked very focused and the ball flowed well from one end to the other. It is the visitors who had the first attempt at goal in the 8th minute from a free kick that was easily saved by AllStars goalie Ronny Kagunzi. Former KRA FC striker Daniel Kamau showed his intent at scoring against his former employers in the 12th minute through a weak effort that went wide off the target.
In the 17th minute, KRA's danger man Geoffrey Omusula dribbled his way into the AllStars box, but his low cross was well cleared by Bernard Odhiambo - just before Barrack Odiambo's dangerous looking 20th minute cross was well collected by the AllStars goalie. AllStars then got on the break and Anthony Ng'ang'a did very well to beat his man, but delivered a very poor cross that went out of play for a goal kick.
Stanlaus Akiya almost gave the AllStars the lead in the 23rd minute, but saw his well struck shot hit the crossbar. Just a minute later, the AllStars were again on the attack - this time round through Peter Ng'ang'a - who stroke a 25 yards shot that forced the goalie into a save, after having had a very lovely exchange of quick, short passes with teammate Maurice Odhiambo. Siwa also had a long shot go wide in a period that the AllStars looked to have taken dominance over their opponents.
The AllStars trio of Peter Ng'ang'a, Michel Kamau, and Maurice Odhiambo had evidently taken control of the midfield area, and this enabled the team to play a very good passing game, thus having the majority share of ball possession. The team looked very settled, and the defense was also very solid.
KRA's Roosevelt Blatty had two chances at goal in the last third of the half; first from a 30th minute shot that was easily saved by Ronny, then from a low shot that went just slightly off the right post of the AllStars goal. Ivan Anguyo also tried his luck with a long-range effort that went way wide off the bar.
Anthony Ng'ang'a was well found with a lot of space on the left wing by Peter Ng'ang'a's long ball, and the former did well to cut-in then hit a shot that went straight into the safe hands of the goalie. Teddy Siwa then hit a low free kick that was comfortably saved just before the teams went for their pep talk break.
In the 49th minute, Erastus Mwaniki and John Ndirangu were brought on for Maurice Odhiambo and Daniel Kamau respectively, and just two minutes later Ronny produced a fabulous save to deny Ivan Anguyo a goal off a well taken free kick from the edge of the 18-yard area. Ronny produced his heroics once more with another save off a 53rd minute free kick, before Barrack Odhiambo's 56th minute shot went wide off the goal. Mwaniki tried his luck with an audacious shot that was easily saved by the KRA goalie.
The hosts took the lead in the 63rd minute through Joseph Emeka, who had just come on a few minutes before his goal. Bernard Omondi had cleared the ball from a corner kick, before it was headed back into the danger area, and Emeka flicked it into the net to give his side a 1-0 lead.
Mwaniki almost drew the sides level with an immediate equalizer, but he could only see his header go wide off a very good scoring chance after connecting to Siwa's good cross from the right wing. John Ndirangu also wasted another chance for the AllStars when he blasted wide a 72nd minute free kick. Mwaniki then had another headed effort at goal go slightly wide off the right post from another good cross by Siwa.
Dennis Sikhai came on for an injured Akiya with just six minutes of normal time to play. AllStars' best chance for an equalizer fell on Anthony Ng'ang'a, but the player blasted the ball wide from a positon of promise - just before Geoffrey Omusula dazzled his way into the AllStars box after dribbling past two defenders, but Ronny was very quick to get off his line just in time to intercept the ball from the danger man's feet.
Ndirangu's powerful 90th minute free kick landed safely into the hands of the goalie, and Rony also made another save on the other end as the contest was nearing its closure. In the end, it is the hosts who had managed a narrow 1-0 win over the AllStars.
Siwa said that, "If you look at how we played, the least we deserved was a draw. We played very well, we showed a lot of character, and we created plenty of good chances. Sometimes playing well is not all you need to win, luck also does play a part and I think that is what was the difference between us and KRA. They were lucky and we were not. Luck was on their side."
Top Fry AllStars forward Daniel Kamau aka Mau KRA, has urged his teammates on, as the team prepares for their next Premier League assignment, where they are set to play away at KRA FC on Saturday April 12th, for the matchday nine program.
Being a former KRA FC hitman, Kamau knows very well how good his former side is; noting down how the ‘taxmen’ have had a good start to the premier league in their debut season.
“KRA have over the years been a very good side. They have been one of the dominant teams in the lower league. I remember how good the team was when I featured for them. They have tried to emulate that form into the premier league this season…..they are doing very well for a team that was just promoted into the premier league.” Kamau said.
KRA are placed in the12th position of the premier league table with 11 points from 8 matches. The team has won 3 matches, drawn 2, and lost 3. They have scored 3 goals in total, and have conceded 7 times. They boast of a very strong home record, where they have collected as total of 9 points after winning 3 out of the 4 matches that they have played there.
The AllStars on the other hand sit on the 15th position of the premier league table - just one place above the bottom team. The team has a total of 4 points from 8 matches, where they have lost 6 matches, have drawn 1, and have won 1. The team has scored 3 goals so far in the season, while conceding 12. The AllStars are yet to collect a point or a goal away from home.
Having beaten last season’s runners-up in their midweek league match a few days ago, KRA will be coming into this match will a big boost of confidence - while the AllStars will be stepping into the match off a backdrop of a barren draw, after the team was held at home by Bandari FC.
This two teams have met a couple of times before in the lower league, and are the two newcomers of the premier league, as they secured their slots after winning the promotion playoffs of last season.
As much as KRA seems to have a better record than the AllStars, Kamau is optimistic that his side is very capable of upsetting their next opponents. “…As I said, they have had a better start to the season than the one we have had. But that does not mean that they are better than us. I believe that we have a very strong team that is capable of contending for every point in this league. We have had a bad start, but we are slowly getting better. We hope that tomorrow is the day we get our first away points of the season. I am very ready for them”
The match will be played at the City Stadium, and is slated for a 2pm kick off time.
The Tusker Premier League tie pitting the AllStars versus Bandari FC has just ended in a barren draw, after both teams failed to put the ball past the net on either side of the pitch.
The 3pm kick off match saw both sides deploy a very cautious approach towards each other, thus putting the game at deadlock for a very good part of the whole ninety-plus minutes.
In the eight minute of the match, Erastus Mwaniki was released at goal with a through ball from John 'Softie' Ndirangu, but the forward over-dribbled the ball as he tried to beat the Bandari defense. A few seconds later, it was the AllStars who were defending their own goal when full-back Peter Kihungi was dispossessed off the ball at the edge of his own box, but his opponent hit his shot way wide off the target - but credit has to be given to Kihungi as the defender did not give his opponent the space to get a clear shot.
Bandari almost grabbed the opening goal in the 11th minute through a well taken free kick that saw AllStars goalie Ronny Kagunzi produce a fabulous save, before a Bandari forward's shot off the rebound was well blocked by Dennis Sikhai. The visitors then had another chance at goal through another set piece, and this time round it was from a headed effort that went wide off from a corner kick.
The match had a very slow tempo to it, and both teams were very good defensively. The AllStars midfield duo of Maurice Odhiambo and Peter Ng'ang'a were very solid - especially the latter, who was very good at both the aerial and the ground balls when he was called into defensive duties.
The AllStars came knocking at the Bandari goal again in the 21st minute through Softie, but the player did not connect with Stanlaus Akiya's cross, who had made a very good delivery from the leaf wing. Another good defensive play by William Odunga save the AllStars, as the defender made a good last-ditch tackle to deny his opponent a chance at the AllStars goal.
Brian Mandela was cautioned by the referee as the match was heading past its first quarter, after the forward brought down his opponents with a late tackle. Kihungi was also shown the yellow card after a bad tackle on a Bandari man just minutes after Mandela's cautioning.
The AllStars had another good chance at the Bandari goal in the 36th minute when Mwaniki's header went wide off the goal just before Mandela missed a clear header at goal after he was well found by Mwaniki's cross. Softie's weak 40th minute strike did not bother the Bandari goalie any much as the ball did not have enough power to it for it to beat him.
Two free kicks in the dying minutes of the first half - both from Softie - did cause threat to their visitor's goal, with the second effort being the best of the two as it forced the goalie to a finger-tip save.
AllStars had their strong penalty appeals turned down by the referee in the 70th minute, after Softie looked to have been brought down in the eighteen-yard area by the goalie, but the forward was instead cautioned for diving.
Anthony Ng'ang'a was brought on for Mandela as the AllStars were still looking to penetrate through their opponent's strong defense. Daniel Kamau was also brought on for Dennis Sikhai. The visitors got another goal-scoring opportunity off a free kick that was well blocked by the AllStars defense, and their forward blasted his effort way wide off the crossbar from a position of some promise.
With both sides looking evenly matched, the referee had no other option but to blow his final whistle after the match's normal time ran out.
The draw now see the AllStars climb a slot up the league table to 15th position with a total of 4 points.
The AllStars senior team, Top Fry AllStars, is set to host coastal side Bandari FC, for a Tusker Premier League - round eight match that is scheduled to be staged at the Afraha Stadium tomorrow (Wednesday April 9th).
Both teams will be coming into this match of defeats from a mutual opponent. The AllStars lost a league match to AFC Leopards nine days ago - just six days before Bandari were also put to the sword by the same Leaopards side in a KPL Top 8 Knockout tournament match, that was played last weekend at the same venue that is expected to host tomorrow's league encounter.
Bottom-of-the table AllStars will be hoping to continue with their improving home form; a form that has seen them score three goals in their last two home matches - that added to the fact that its that same improvement of form that brought them their first league points of the season, after a big win over the current champions Gor Mahia FC, during the Allstars' last league outing in front of their home fans.
AllStars sit at the bottom of the table with 3 points from 7 matches, have scored three goals, and have conceded 12 times. The team has lost 6 out of the seven matches that they have played, and have won the other one. The team has a slightly better home record than they have away, as that is evident when the two results are not compiled together. At home, the team has played 3 matches where they have recorded one win and two losses, have scored 3 goals, and have conceded by the same margin. That result is relatively better than that of their away - where they have lost four out of four, have not scored, and have conceded nine goals.
Bandari sit three places above the AllStars on the 12th spot of the 16-team league table, with a total of 7 points from 7 matches. The dockers have won two matches, drawn one, and have lost four. They have netted a total of 8 goals so far in the season, and have conceded 9 times.
After having also beaten the league's current champions in their last league duty, Bandari has proven that they are no push-overs, and that they are a good side that's also aiming for higher heights. This is a fact that AllStars coach Peter Okidi is wary about, but also welcomes the challenge with the belief that his side is capable of handling it.
"Bandari is a very good side. They were one of the best-eight sides of last season and I am very sure that they are definitely aiming for a better record this time around. But I have to say that I do welcome the challenge. It is a challenge that I believe my team is capable of handling and even more capable of getting the best result out of this game." coach Okidi said.
"The team is in very good shape. The spirit is high......we are a team that is gradually improving. We have had a a couple of good sessions last week and over this week as well, so I expect the boys to show that tomorrow in the game."
Apart from Sebstian Muchera, Arthur Weyula and Allan Kateregga who are all still nursing injuries, the rest of the team is fit and ready for selection.
The match will kick off at 1500hrs.
The AllStars B team was yesterday (Sunday April 6th) kicking off its Rift Valley Provincial league - where they were starting off the the new season with a match against last season's table toppers Ulinzi Warriors.
Just like last season's two-legged tie between these two sides, Ulinzi came out the victors yet again, in that 1pm match that was played at the Afraha Stadium.
AllStars had a good start to the match - where they wasted a couple of goal scoring opportunities, and they managed to keep things at the back very solid, just until the last five minutes of the first half where Ulinzi scored their opening goal.
After going into the break a goal down, the AllStars team tried to push their men forward in the second half in search of an equalizer. This left their opponents with plenty of space to exploit the AllStars' back-line, and they did utilize that to the maximum by netting another three goals to end the match with a 4-0 win.
Speaking today, coach Jimmy said that his team never rose to the occasion.
"I think my team did not give their best in that match. There was too many errors, the defense was very weak, the midfield was not organized. We got punished for our own mistakes." the coach said. "We have been training well of late and we needed to bring that energy to this match. In my opinion I think we failed to do that"
"We now have to go back to the drawing board. We have to fix the mistakes of that game so that we don't repeat them in our next match. It's good we have lost early. That gives us the reality check of the league. Even though we lost by a huge margin of goals, I am still very confident that we are yet to be written off. It's too early for that....Its up to my boys to up their game."
The Rift Valley Provincial league is set to kick off this weekend, with the first round of matches scheduled to be played today (Saturday April 5th).
Representing the AllStars in the league will be the Nakuru AllStars B team - under the stewardship of coach James Angila - with the team's first match set to be played tomorrow against Ulinzi Warriors.
AllStars B finished last season's league at the 4th position, while Ulinzi topped the 11-team table. AllStars lost both of their last season's matches against Ulinzi, who beat them by 4 goals to 1 in the first leg, and 2-1 in the second.
Despite all of last season's statistics being in favor of the Ulinzi side as compared to AllStars, coach Jimmy is confident that his team can rip some points off their next opponents.
"They (Ulinzi) were far superior to us last year. It shows in all the stats. They were more physical and used that very well to their advantage against us. They also did utilize their chances." the coach said. He went on to add that, "...we want to learn from those two matches that we played against them. We will be making analysis of those two matches so that we can know what went wrong, and how to correct that in time for Sunday's match."
"I have confidence in my team. I have tried to maintain the same team I had last season, and I have also added some good players to the squad. I hope we will kick off the season on a high."
The match will be played at the Afraha Stadium, and is set to kick off at 1pm.
The Nakuru AllStars and the St. Paul’s University – Nakuru Campus, have today launched the team’s St. Paul’s University Nakuru Campus fan base, at an afternoon event that was held at the institution’s campus.
Representing the AllStars at that event that had been organized by the university under their PR & Marketing Assistant Mr. Augustine Ngigi Kirika, was CEO Mr. Robert Muthomi - in the company of General Manager Jotham Owili, Team Manager Collins Omondi, Head Coach Peter Okidi, team assistant captain Anthony Ng’ang’a, and other officials. Also in attendance was Mr. Maina, who is the Nakuru region Sales & Marketing Manager for AllStars’ main sponsors - the Menengai Oil and Refineries Company limited.
Mr. Augustine talked about how much the student fraternity do appreciate to be part of the AllStars fan base, and that they had been relishing for an opportunity to be able to officially get connected to the team.
“These students love the AllStars team, and they appreciate that it is a team that mainly consists of players who are from around the Nakuru area. This is a community club…..the players are our brothers. We are delighted to be able to offer our support.” Mr. Augustine said.
On his part, Mr. Muthomi gave a brief history of the club to the students, talked about the team’s journey to the top tier league, and welcomed the students no only to the stadium to cheer on the team, but to bring to table fresh ideas on what they think might be helpful to enable the club reach its desired heights.
“The Nakuru AllStars is the oldest football club in the county. It was formed in 1961………. We are the dominant club in Nakuru, but we are still not where we want to be in terms of a bigger fan base.” The CEO said. He went on to add that, “We also welcome all your young minds to bring us fresh ideas on how you would like the club to be run, as it is for the benefits of all of us as a community.”
The CEO also challenged the students to take up sports related courses, and opened the door for internships. He also reiterated that the club’s main goal is to make it a regional hub that creates opportunities to young people who would love to make sports their profession – not just as professional football players, but as professionals in any other football and spots related careers.
The AllStars senior team's medical department has been very busy since the start of the year; and just when it looked like the team was finally going to have a clean bill of health, as much players have been signing into the doctor's list as the ones who have been leaving the examination room.
The duo of Arthur Weyula and Maurice Odhiambo are the new players in the injury list, with the two having to be added to a list that already consists of Allan Kateregga, Lawrence Juma, and Sebastian Muchera.
Allan is nursing a knee injury and has been out of action for about two weeks now, Lawrence has an injured shoulder, while Muchera is recovering from a torn hamstring.
Weyula suffered a knee injury during one of the team's training sessions, while Maurice has a recurrence of a knee injury he had just recovered from. Maurice got the injury while playing for the team during last weekend's league match against AFC Leopards, where the player played a full 90 minutes.
The good news though is that majority of those players are expected to resume training early next week, as the medical team hopes to get everybody fully fit and ready for selection.
AFC Leopards defender Jackson Saleh scored the only goal of the match on Saturday (March 29th), as his side beat the AllStars in a Tusker Premier League match that was played at the Mumias Complex in Mumias.
The AllStars - who were coming into this match off a 2-0 win over current champions Gor Mahia - decided to retain the same squad that played against Gor.
The match kicked off at about 3pm, and it was the hosts who got things underway. AFC were all attack in the opening stages of the game as they looked for an early goal. They saw their first opportunity at the AllStars goal go fruitless, as their forward hit his shot straight at the AllStars wall from a free kick that was about 25 yards away from the goal. AllStars almost broke the AFC defense a couple of minutes after that, but Erastus Mwaniki slipped at the last moment, after a good interchange of passes at the edge of the AFC box between Mwaniki, Maurice Odhiambo and Titus Achesa.
With it being an away match, the AllStars played a bit more defensive in the opening stages of the match, while Leopards attacked more; especially on the flanks where they had their attacking duo of Paul Were and Oscar Kadenge. Were in particular was a constant threat, but the AllStars defense always kept things in check at the back.
Using his dazzling runs, Were tried to dribble his way into the AllStars box, but William Odunga made a good tackle to dispossess the forward - thus conceding a corner kick. The hosts would then capitalize on the resulting set piece to take a 10th minute lead. Bernard Mang'oli's corner kick bounced, then rose across the goal mouth and over the AllStars goalie, and Saleh was just at the right place and time to head the ball into the empty net.
Softie hit an audacious shot from the restart, and the AFC goalie collected the ball very easily as it had lost its velocity at the time it reached him. Mang'oli also tested Ronny with a long effort that the AllStars goalie punched out for a corner kick. AllStars would then hit their opponents with a counter attack after Softie was played by Maurice with a long ball, and the forward beat a defender, before hitting a shot that went just inches wide off the post with the Leopards keeper well beaten.
AllStars' best chance fell on Bobby, and the player should have scored the equalizing goal given how open that opportunity was. Softie flicked the ball for Bobby - leaving the latter very clear at goal - but Bobby instead hit the ball directly at the goalie, who then punched the ball away from the danger zone to keep his side's lead intact.
After being silent for a while, Were made another one of his run's through the center of the pitch, then beat Maurice and Peter Kihungi before setting up Austin Ikenna with a through pass, and the striker hit a low shot that was well saved by the keeper. The AllStars goalie would again be called into action from a long range shot off a free kick that he punched out.
Anthony Ng'ang'a was introduced into the field of play for Teddy Siwa in the first opening minutes of the second half, with the visitors still trailing. AllStars kept the ball and passed it around more confidently in the second half, and this enabled them to go forward more than they did in the first half.
The home side almost doubled their lead in the 57th minute through another corner kick, but Dennis Sikhai came to his team's rescue when he made a clearing header from the goal line. The same player almost scored on the other end of the pitch about ten minutes later, when he hit a left-footed volley that flew wide off the cross bar. Softie was on target a few minutes after that and almost got a 'lucky goal' through a shot that hit the crossbar, but it was obvious that the player's intention was to cross the ball, rather than taking a shot.
Kizito Sikhai was brought into the field in 73rd minute in place of Bernard Odhiambo, who was stretchered off the pitch after picking up an injury. Wilson 'Kuks' Andati was also introduced in place of Titus Achesa two minutes later, and the player almost made an immediate impact by trying to lob the ball through to Anthony Ng'ang'a, but the goalie was quick to get off his line to meet the ball.
AllStars tried to throw their men forward in the dying minutes of the match, and they did get a number of free kicks at dangerous areas, but never capitalized on any.
The defeat leaves the AllStars bottom of the league table, with 3 points from 7 matches.