A second half 61st minute goal by Teddy Siwa was good enough to cancel out Muhoroni Youth's Enos Ochieng's first half opener, as the two sides settled for a one-all draw in a just concluded Premier League match that was played at the Afraha Stadium.
The first goal-scoring opportunity of this match fell to the home side, and it was their right back, Dennis Sikhai who blasted his shot wide off the target following a good interchange of passes from his teammates from just outside the Muhoroni box. Muhoroni's Eric Odhiambo then saw his shot go wide off the intended target just a minute later after the player had been played through by his teammate.
Titus Achesa should have at least made the keeper work from his 4th minute effort, where he was well found inside the box by Erastus Mwaniki's flick off a header, but the player - on his weaker right foot - hit his shot wide off the goal. Muhoroni then threatened two minutes later, and this time round they almost found the back of the net had it not been for AllStars keeper Shaban Odhoji's double save. He first of all tipped the ball and it hit the crossbar, then he made a lovely reflex save to keep out the rebound from a close range effort from just inside the six yard box.
In the 14th minute, Maurice tried to test the Muhoroni keeper from a free kick, but the goalie was wide awake as he comfortably collected the ball to keep his goal safe. The keeper nearly turned from hero to villain just a minute later for spilling Achesa's dangerously flown in cross from the left wing, but the ball instead saved him the blushes by rolling outside for a corner kick.
Muhoroni's skipper Abass Akinyemi's 18th minute off a free kick went way wide off the target - but four minutes later - it was his team that was at the corner flag celebrating the opening goal. The ball was flown into the AllStars box off a free kick from the right side of the host's box, and Ochieng was quick enough to head the ball straight into the net leaving the AllStars defense with questions. Bernard Odhiambo almost silenced the-still-celebrating Muhoroni side with the equalizer, but his 24th minute weak tap-in from Siwa's cross was comfortably dealt with by the keeper.
The 27th minute saw Mwaniki hit a shot wide after being set up by Sebastian Muchera, and in the 29th minute, Maurice Odhiambo's shot also flew wide off the Muhoroni goal. Dennis Sikhai also saw his 32nd minute shot off a 20-yard free kick go way wide off the crossbar.
As the clock was ticking towards the end of the half time break, Muhoroni came knocking twice on the AllStars goal, and their second effort in particular almost ended at the back of the net. First, it was a 45th minute cross from the left wing that flew dangerously across the AllStars goal, then a minute later, Bernard Odhiambo's defensive blunder almost cost his side as Enos Ochieng dispossessed the defender, then played a dangerous cross to Ezekiel Otwoma, who had the empty net so slot the ball in but instead saw his shot well blocked by Dennis Sikhai.
After having a dull first half, the AllStars came back more rejuvenated, and more hungry for a goal. Eric Odhiambo tried his luck from long way out with a 48th minute effort, but his shot went wide, just before Mwaniki's 52nd minute left-footed effort on the other end of the pitch was easily saved by the Muhoroni keeper.
In the 56th minute, the AllStars made their first change by bringing on Anthony Nyangor for Sebastian Muchera, and the substitution seemed to spark some energy into the home side as they desperately tried to crack open the Muhoroni defense. It never took long before the pressure became unbearable for the visitors, as the Allstars finally got their goal. Cersidy Okeyo started off the move by finding a sprinting Achesa on the right wing, and the forward then played a lovely low cross into the box, and Teddy Siwa never hesitated as he hit a first-time shot straight into the net to send the home crowd wild into celebrations.
Ezekiel Otuoma tried to restore his team's lead with a 74th minute effort, but his shot never saw the target. Man-of-the match Teddy Siwa had the opportunity to grab his second of the day, but he hesitated to take his shot after he was well found into the box by Achesa's long ball. Two minutes later, Daniel Waweru's free kick into the AllStars box was headed clear by Kapulimba.
Anthony Nyangor went into the referee's book in the 85th minute, for what seemed like indiscipline as the two sides were hitting each other from end to end through numerous counter attacks. The referee then called the end to the action after his four minutes of added time elapsed.
AllStars still sit at the 15th spot of the league table with 13 points from 19 matches - five points off the clear zone.
The AllStars team will be going back into the Premier League hunting grounds tomorrow afternoon, where they are set to play host to Muhoroni Youth for a league match that is scheduled to be played at the Afraha Stadium.
The league had gone on break last weekend - paving way for the third round fixtures of the GOtv Shield knockout tournament - where the AllStars were bagged out of the competition by Intercity FC.
The first leg of this league fixture pitting the AllStars and Muhoroni ended in a one-all draw, where the two sides squared each other on May 25th at the Muhoroni Stadium. Jeremiah Wanjala gave Muhoroni an early 6th minute lead during that encounter, and Kennedy Owino's 58th minute goal ensured the AllStars went back home with a deserved point.
Coming off a 2-0 league cup loss at the hands of Intercity, the AllStars currently occupy the 15th spot of the league table with 12 points from 18 matches. The team has so far recorded two wins, 6 draws and 10 losses. The AllStars have scored 9 goals so far in the season, and have conceded 21.
Muhoroni on the other hand sit on the 13th spot of the table with 21 points from 18 matches. They have won 5 matches, have drawn 6, and have lost 7. They have so far found their opponents net on 11 occasions, and have conceded 18 times in the process.
The AllStars have been on a rising form, where they have lost just one out of their last four home matches, and one out of their last six league matches in total. The team's home form comprises of two wins, three draws, and four losses - whereas Muhoroni's away league run is made up of two wins, one draw, and five losses.
It has been four matches so far for Muhoroni since that meeting with the AllStars, and three of those four matches have all ended in losses for the Muhoroni side. That only match out of those four where they haven't lost was their last league match prior to tomorrows game, where they were held to a one-all draw at their own backyard by SoNy Sugar.
AllStars defenders Kizito Sikhai and Peter Kihungi will definitely miss the match, as they are both still nursing knee injuries.
The match will kick off at 1615 hrs.
The AllStars club is set to have two head coaches, as Coach Nick Yakhama - who joined the AllStars coaching panel in mid June - will now be partnering with his counterpart Peter Okidi for the club's head coach role.
Coach Peter Okidi has been the AllStars head coach from late 2012, where he took up the job following the club's parting of ways with then head coach Simon Mulama. Okidi was then made assistant coach for a brief period early this year after the hiring of coach Oliver Page, but then resumed the head coach role after the departure of Page.
Coach Okidi - who has always been very positive about their working relationship with Yakhama - welcomed the news, saying that the two will work towards a common goal, which is ensuring that the team avoids the drop.
"It has always been a good experience working with Nick (Yakhama). His style of coaching has yielded so many fruits. The team has been doing very well since he joined us." coach Okidi Said.
"It is really good that now we will be working in the same 'office'. I am a young coach, and I am sure that I will learn a lot from Nick, who has had the privilege of coaching some of the biggest clubs in Kenya. We both share a common goal, we are both very ambitious, and we both want to make sure that we survive relegation."
Both coaches are working so hard with the team, as the team prepares for its next assignment, where they are set to host Muhoroni Youth for a league match that is slatted for this Saturday, July 26th.
The AllStars senior team bowed out of the FKF GOtv Shield - knockout tournament after suffering a 2-0 loss at the hands of Nairobi Provincial league side Intercity FC, in a just concluded match that was played at the Afraha Stadium.
The two goals from Intercity came in ether half of the match - in what was a poor show by the host team.
AllStars took control of the match from the fist whistle of the match through a huge percentage of ball possession, but Intercity denied their hosts any chance at their goal, as they defended well and kept vigil all through out. AllStars goalie Evans Omondi almost got punished in the 9th minute, as he spilled the ball off a long cross into the box, but he was lucky as the ball just went out of play for a corner kick.
The first real chance of the match came in the 14th minute where Michael Kamau's effort from the edge of the are went wide after a lovely interchange of passes from the AllStars. Kennedy Owino then hit a left footed shot straight at the goalie a minute later. The same player then saw his weak effort comfortably saved by the Intercity goalie, after the player had done well by cutting-in from the left wing.
The referee showed his first card of the match in the 20th minute to Michael Kamau, after the AllStars player was judged to have fouled an opponent; and just three minutes later, the visitors took the lead. Intercity's Nathan Juma collected the ball from a few yards off the danger zone, and the player drilled a shot that went straight into the AllStars goal.
AllStars tried to reply almost immediately through Owino's low cross into the Intercity box, but the keeper was wide awake as he did well to collect the ball. AllStars had another goal scoring opportunity three minutes later - his time through a Julius Mwangi's dangerous free kick into the box that went untouched. Kennedy Owino should had netted in the equalizing goal in the 45th minute, as the player was completely unmarked when he rose high above the defenders to connect to Lawrence Juma's cross, but he instead headed the ball very wide off the target.
The AllStars came back from the pep talk break with a lot of hunger for a goal, and they made their intentions clear through Daniel Kamau, who's left-footed effort from outside the box went just inches wide off the Intercity goal. What followed was a 57th minute substitution, where Lawrence Juma was taken off in place of central defender Kanamuli Kapilimba. Two more substitutions followed within a minute of each other, where Mohamed Haji and John Ndirangu were brought in for Daniel Kamau and Julius Mwangi respectively.
Haji quickly tried to make his presence felt through a long effort that went way wide off the mark, and Ndirangu's left footed effort also missed by a mile after the player had received a long throw from Geoffrey Maina.
After a long period of trying to get the ball off their half, Intercity stunned their hosts for the second time of the day with a second goal in the 76th minute. The ball was played to the right wing, then was crossed into the box before the AllStars keeper punched it out, and the rebound was put into the net to make the scores 2-0 for the visitors.
Peter Kihungi's 79th minute effort for a goal went wide off the crossbar as the AllStars tried to pull a miracle. The last five minutes of added time should have at lest seen the AllStars score a consolation goal, but none of their efforts bore fruits. The most clearest of chances came in the very last minute of added time, where Ndirangu beat two players as he made his way into the box, but then hit his shot way off the target with only the keeper to beat.
The tam will now channel all their focus back to the league, where they are still fighting hard to avoid relegation.
The AllStars senior team is set to play host to Nairobi Provincial league side Intercity FC, for a GOtv Shield knockout tournament match that is set to be played at the Afraha Stadium tomorrow afternoon. This will be the first league cup match the AllStars will be playing since they suffered that early elimination during last season's tournament.
With these two teams having never met, the AllStars head coach Peter Okidi said that despite the difference in level of the two sides, his team will not underrate their next opponents.
"They (Intercity) having made it into the third round clearly shows that they are capable of playing at a higher level than they currently are. They are not a side to be underrated, but a side to be very cautious of. We will be going into that match to get nothing but a win because you know knockout tournaments can be a bit tricky, especially if it goes down to the shootouts." the coach said.
Intercity began their league cup journey with a 8-1 demolition of Homabay Talent FC in the first round, in a match that was played in Nairobi back in April 26th.
The AllStars on the other hand never played their match that was scheduled for June 1st against SoNy Sugar, as the team from North Nyanza pulled out of the tournament thus giving the AllStars a direct entry into the third round.
The AllStars will be hoping to carry their current league for into tomorrow's match - a form that has seen the team win 1, draw 4, and lose 1 out of their last six Premier League fixtures.
The coach added that he expects the best out of his side. "I expect everybody to be at their best tomorrow. It is a match that we want to win given the fact that last season we got eliminated in the fist round. We want to go all the way into this tournament."
Tomorrow's match will kick off at 1500hrs.
Defensive midfielder Cersidy Okeyo Lumumba has praised his teammates for the spirited performance the team put up against league leaders Gor Mahia, in an entertaining encounter that was played yesterday (Wednesday July 16th) at the City Stadium - and despite the AllStars 1-0 loss to Gor, Okeyo stated that a point is the least his side deserved.
"We played very well and we dominated the game, especially in the second half where I think we had more chances and we attacked a lot. We did give them a good run for their money. Every one of my teammates gave their all."
Coming into this match off a win in their last league match, the AllStars coaching panel decided to retain the same side that beat KRA last weekend.
The 4pm kick off match started well for the AllStars, and its them who saw the first goal scoring opportunity in the 4th minute through Titus Achesa, who did well to cut-in from the right wing only to fire a weak effort that went wide off the Gor goal.
With both teams yet to settle well into the contest, the hosts brought their home fans into wild cheers in the 8th minute after the ball went into the AllStars goal from a set piece. An unmarked Simone Pierre was found by the ball after AllStars' Kaplimba Kanamuli clearance from Kennedy Ayong's ball off a free kick, and all Pierre had to do was tap the ball into the net past AllStars goalie Shaban Odhoji.
AllStars almost replied three minutes later through a set piece of their own, but Anthony Nyangor's effort off a direct free kick was comfortably saved by the Gor goalie. Set pieces seemed to be the order of the day, and in the 16th minute, AllStars almost took advantage of another set piece. Peter Ng'ang'a's out-swinger from the right wing landed inside the Gor box, and Bernard Odhiambo's headed effort went just slightly wide off the target.
In the 28th minute, a good play by the hosts almost ended with the ball at the back of the net, but Timothy Otieno blasted his shot way wide after he was played through by a long ball. AllStars right full back Dennis Sikhai's 33rd minute shot following a good one-two with Peter Ng'ang'a didn't quite trouble the keeper, as the ball comfortably ended into Fredrick Onyango's safe pair of gloves.
Even though Gor tried to take control of the match by keeping the ball through a short passing game, they seemed to rely more on counter attacks. One instance was in the 37th minute, where AllStars defender Bernard Odhiambo had to head out a dangerous looking cross after his defensive partner Kanamuli had been beaten by a Gor forward.
What followed was a 43rd minute moment of individual brilliance from Cersidy Okeyo, who found his way into the Gor eighteen yards area by dribbling the ball past three Gor players, but saw his curling shot hit the crossbar for what would have been a brilliant goal from the midfielder. Nyangor was then cautioned by the referee for foul play on his opponent.
The second half began with Gor on a quick attack at their opponents, but this time round the keeper came to the AllStars rescue as he punched the ball out of play. AllStars' current top scorer Erastus Mwaniki should have at least make the keeper work in the 50th minute when he was played through, but the player hesitated to take a shot before a defender poked the ball out for a corner kick. A minute later, Gor was on a counter attack, but the final ball from Timothy Otieno ended wide off the goal.
The AllStars almost got punished after being easily dispossessed off the ball in the midfield, then Gor broke into a counter attack with the trio of Patrick Oboya, Joseph Kariuki and Collins Okoth all looking goal hungry. Shaban then came off the posts and the ball was placed to Kariuki's path, who then placed his shot just wide off the right goal post. Two minutes later, it was Gor again on attack and this time round the ball ended on the side netting.
AllStars' best opportunity of the second half came in the 57th minute where Teddy Siwa found himself one-on-one with the goalie after being played through, but his lobbed effort over the goalie bore no fruits as the ball missed its mark. The visitors then made a double substitution by bringing on John Ndirangu and Maurice Odhiambo for Anthony Nyangor and Peter Ng'ang'a respectively.
The 70th minute saw the crossbar being struck again, but this time round it was Gor who had struck the woodwork, before Achesa made a desperate clearance off the goal line. Gor were then forced to sit deep into their own half, as the AllStars were throwing every form of attacks at their hosts. Maurice Odhiambo's 74th minute free kick into the Gor box was well missed by everybody, and his second attempt with a similar free kick in the 80th minute went too close to the keeper.
The AllStars' final wave of attacks at the Gor box prompted the hosts to divert to time wasting tactics by causing stoppages by simulation. They also started using whatever means to clear the ball off their danger area. Julius Mwangi was brought on for Teddy Siwa as the AllStars tried to go for the equalizing goal but to no avail.
"I am very certain in my own opinion that we produced a very good performance, and given the fact that we were playing away to the current champions and the league leaders, the least we deserved in that match was a draw. But football is a sport where the end result is calculated in goals. We need to work very hard in our finishing as that is the only thing that let us down yesterday. If only we had converted our chances, then am sure we would had been talking of a different story now." Okeyo said.
The AllStars duo of Erastus Mwaniki and Bernard Odhiambo have today put pen to paper new improved deals with the club - thus committing their futures to the AllStars.
With three league goals to his name, prolific forward Mwaniki signed a three and a half years contract - a contract that's set to keep the player at the club till mid 2017.
The player was all smiles while speaking after the signing of his new contact, terming it as a motivator that couldn't come at a more correct time.
"I really like playing for this club and that is why I have committed my future to the team. The new contract is a motivator, as it shows that my efforts on the pitch are being acknowledged. It goes hand in hand with my motto that says 'hard work pays'." Mwaniki said.
Central defender Bernard Odhiambo, who also extended his stay with the club with a further three years also echoed Mwaniki's words, but also added that, "....I am looking forward to a very bright future with this club. The job now is to take on the task that is at hand. We have to deliver good results, there is just no other option."
The two - together with the rest of their teammates - are currently preparing for their next duty, which is an away league match that the team will be playing tomorrow away against Gor Mahia.
The AllStars team will on Wednesday be going face-to-face with last season's champs and the current league pace-setters Gor Mahia FC, for a Tusker Premier League match that's scheduled to be played at the City Stadium in Nairobi.
The AllStars will be looking to do a double on the champions, as the last meeting between these two sides ended in a 2-0 win for the AllStars, with both goals coming from John Ndirangu.
Leading the log with 34 points from 17 matches, Gor Mahia have won 10 matches, drawn 4, and have lost 3 times. The team has netted in a total of 23 goals so far in the season, and have conceded 13 times. Gor Mahia has already proven to be a tough nut to crack when playing at home, as out of the total 8 matches that they have played at home, they have won 5, drawn 2, and have lost just once - a defeat that they suffered back in March 30th at the hands of Bandari FC.
Sitting at the 15th spot of the league table, the AllStars have collected a total of 12 points from 17 outings. The team has won 2 matches, drawn 6, and lost 9. The AllStars have so far scored 9 league goals and have conceded 20, leaving them with a goal difference of -11. The AllStars' away form has been on an improvement in recent matches, with the team having come off with points out of their last three away fixtures; where they drew against Nairobi City Stars, Mathare United and Muhoroni Youth respectively. The last time the AllStars lost an away match was back in April 12th, where the team lost by a goal to nil.
Both teams will be coming into this match off a backdrop of weekend wins, as Gor beat Western Stima by two goals to nil on Saturday, and the AllStars won their match a day later by beating KRA by a solitary Mwaniki goal.
The AllStars have a full team up for selection, except for central defender Kizito Sikhai who is sidelined with an injury.
Tomorrow's match is set to kick off at 1500 hrs.
The 2pm kick off match started at a very fast pace from the hosts, with the first opportunity coming from Mwaniki, who's 2nd minute strike went wide off the intended target. KRA then had their first opportunity just a minute later, through a free kick that was taken from the edge of the area, but the taker failed to convert as the ball went wide.
Teddy Siwa almost grabbed the opener in the 6th minute, but his headed effort off Titus Achesa's long throw-in went slightly over the bar. KRA's Geoffrey Omusula tried his luck from a long-range effort, but the ball failed to dip-in early enough for it to cause any trouble.
With the AllStars looking quite comfortable and well in command, more chances came their way, but none went in yet. Carsidy Okeyo's 8th minute long attempt at goal went went wide off the target, and just four minutes later, Nyangor had only himself to blame for hesitating to take a shot quick enough after the striker had been well picked in the box by a pass from Achesa.
The home fans erupted into cheers in the 14th minute after Nyangor headed in Siwa's cross, but the goal was disallowed for offside as the linesman kept his flag up as Nyangor went to celebrate what he thought had been the tie-breaker. Provider almost turned into hero in the 19th minute, where Siwa's left-footed shot rattled the bar to spare KRA the blushes. The player then saw his 22nd minute shot well blocked.
Looking very sharp up-front, man-of-the match Nyangor knocked on KRA's door twice in the space of just three minutes, but there was still non goal to be celebrated. The first chance came through a header off Okeyo's long ball that went wide off the bar, then a 26th minute shot that hit the woodwork, and Siwa's follow-up from the rebound was blocked by KRA's defender Rogers Ochieng. Nyangor's compatriot Mwaniki was also a constant threat to the visiting team's defense, and he made his intentions felt in the 29th minute where he tried to curl the ball from way outside the 18-yard area.
Nyangor almost put some glitter to his name with a 31st minute effort from about 40-yards out, but the keeper had other plans as he tipped the ball over the bar to deny Nyangor what would had been a cracker of a goal. KRA also tried their luck at goal just a minute after Nyangor's effort, but their shot off a free kick went way wide off the AllStars goal.
After numerous attempts in trying to break open the KRA defense, the taxmen's resilience was finally broken in the 35th minute. Mwaniki collected the ball from the right wing, did good to beat two defenders, before hitting a powerful shot with his outer-foot - a shot that ended at the bottom-right side of the KRA goal.
AllStars goalie Sahban Odhoji was called into action just a few minutes before the half time break, and he did brilliant to keep the ball out from a shot off a deflected free kick, then followed that up by putting a good fist to the ball off a close-range shot.
KRA came back into the second half trying desperately to look for an equalizer, but the AllStars kept things very solid. Geoffrey Omusula's shot from a long effort went wide, and in the 53rd minute, the player tried again his luck from about 25 yards out but just as his first effort, the ball went wide. The AllStars almost made it 2-0 in the 57th minute, but Nyangor completely missed Dennis Sikhai's low cross, as the ball went across the KRA goal mouth.
In the 70th minute, Shaban was again called into action; this time punching out a shot off a direct free kick. AllStars then made their first change of the day by introducing John Ndirangu for Nyangor. KRA kept pilling pressure on the AllStars defense, and they almost got rewarded in the 86th minute but Shaban was sharp enough to save the ball from a shot from just inside the box.
With the final 90 minutes approaching, Bernard Odhiambo had to make a last ditch block to deny a KRA forward a shot at goal. AllStars then made their second substitution two minutes into the added time by bringing in Maurice Odiambo for Cersidy Okeyo. The substitution almost bared fruits as Maurice's shot off a free kick was tipped over the bar by the keeper for the last action of the match.
AllStars now have 12 points from 17 league matches - five points off the relegation zone.
Coach Nick Yakhama has dubbed tomorrow's premier league encounter with fellow debutants KRA FC a 'must win' for the AllStars, as the team prepares for its second league match of the season's second leg.
The first leg of this fixture ended in a 1-0 win for KRA, where a 53rd minute headed goal from Joseph Emeka was enough to settle that day's contest which was played at the City Stadium back in April 12th.
Speaking after today's training session, the coach stated the full importance of the team taking home the maximum points available in that tie, as it would narrow the gap off the relegation zone to five points.
"I told the boys before the second leg kicked off that our home matches will most definitely determine our fate for survival, and so, tomorrow's match isn't different. Although this time round we cannot afford even a draw as the gap currently stands at eight points. We have to beat KRA for us to narrow that gap to five points." the coach said.
Sitting at the fifth spot of the league table, KRA have so far collected a total of 27 points from 16 matches. The team has recorded 8 wins, 3 draws, and 5 losses. They have currently scored a total of 13 matches, and have conceded 14 times. Four of the total five matches that KRA has lost have come from away matches.
The AllStars on the other hand sit on the 15th spot of the league table with 9 points from 16 matches. The team has won just one match, drawn 6 and has lost nine times. AllStars have so far netted eight goals, and have conceded 20 times in the process.
In the seven matches that KRA has played away from their home ground, they have won just once, have drawn twice, and have lost four times. They have also scored just three away goals, and have conceded nine.
Even though they don't seem to be a good team when playing away as compared to at their own backyard, KRA will be coming into tomorrow's match as the more confident side - as they will be coming off a backdrop of a 3-1 victory they recorded in their last league match, where they played hosts to Nairobi City Stars. The AllStars on the other hand were held to a barren draw by SoNy Sugar during the team's last league match prior to tomorrow's tie.
The match is set to kick off at 1400 hrs.