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.
The AllStars senior team is tomorrow (Saturday July 5th) set to kick off their Tusker Premier League second leg round of matches, in a match that they will be playing against SoNy Sugar FC at the Afraha Stadium.
With this being the corresponding fixture of this season’s opener, the AllStars will surely be going into this match looking to get the maximum points off a side that crushed them by three goals to nothing back in February 15th when the two teams met in Awendo for the first leg.
A brace from Edwin Oduor and a 54th minute goal by Marwa Chambiri were enough to settle the contest that day - a match where the AllStars looked to have been suffering from stage fright as their then coach Oliver Page admitted in his post-match briefing.
Coming off a run of three consecutive one-all draws from their last three league matches, the AllStars still occupy the 15th spot of the 16-team league table with 8 points from 15 matches. The team has so far won 1 match, drawn 5, and lost 9. The AllStars have netted 8 league goals, and have conceded 20 – leaving them with a goal deficit of 12 goals.
As the coach stated before their last league match, the AllStars’ home matches will be very important for the team in their quest to avoid relegation, as they are still 6 points inside the relegation zone. It is at home where the AllStars have scored 6 of their 8 goals, and also they have looked better when playing at home as they have won 1, drawn 2 and loss 4 of the total 7 home matches they have played so far in the season.
Sitting at position 6, last season’s relegation troubled SoNy Sugar have had a relatively better season this year as compared to last year. The team has so far collected a total of 22 points from 15 matches, where they have won 5 matches, have drawn 7, and have lost 3. SoNy has scored 15 goals so far in the season, while conceding 10 in the process.
While statistics show that SoNy is a good side when playing at their own backyard, the same can’t be said of their away form, as two of the three matches they have recorded as losses have both come from away matches. They have also won just once, and have drawn four times in the seven matches that they have played away from home.
Tomorrow will surely be a big task for the AllStars, as they will be facing off with a team that will be coming into this match off a 2-1 victory they got at the expense of Muhoroni Youth; that added to the fact that the last time SoNy loss an away match was back in April 9th when they lost by a solitary goal to Tusker FC.
Tomorrows match is set to kick off at 1400 hrs.
AllStars captain Peter Ng’ang’a’s 46th minute goal was canceled out by Tusker’s Ismail Salim through a 77th minute equalizer, as the two sides settled for a point each in a Tusker Premier League match that was played at the Afraha Stadium.
The AllStars should have taken a very early lead through Mohamed Haji in the 4th minute, when the player was played through by Teddy Siwa, but the striker – who was making his league debut for the AllStars, tried to lob the ball over the goalie, only to see his effort go wide off the crossbar.
Tusker responded three minutes later with an effort of their own through Lloyd Wahome, who failed to connect to a ball off a free kick that had been well delivered into the AllStars box. Kennedy Owino then tried his luck with a long shot in the 10th minute, and a few minutes later, Erastus Mwaniki’s weak effort was comfortable saved by the Tusker goalie.
The AllStars looked very dangerous whenever they went at their opponents, and almost scored through two very good chances that came just minutes between them. First, it was Siwa’s 16th minute effort where he cut-in from the left and hit a shot at goal, and a minute later, Haji hit the side netting from a left-footed shot, following some good play by the AllStars.
With the AllStars still piling pressure on their visitors, Kennedy Owino thought he had broken the deadlock in the 20th minute, but his headed effort only landed on the cross bar, after the player had connected with Maurice Odhiambo’s corner kick. Tusker’s only chance of the first half came in the 45th minute, and it was through their danger man Jesse Were - who hit a long shot that went way wide off the target - and a minute later, it was the AllStars who drew first blood.
Maurice Odhiambo’s well delivered ball off a free kick was well headed in by Peter Ng’ang’a, leaving the Tusker goalie with no chance as he tried to poke the ball out of his goal but to no avail.
Tusker came back into the second half with an intent to get back into the game, and they almost got the equalizing goal in the 49th minute as a dangerous looking ball off a corner kick was cleared after a goal-line tussle.
In the 55th minute, William Odunga become the first player of the day to get into the referee’s book for a bad challenge on an opponent. The AllStars threatened again in the 68th minute from another free kick - this time round the ball falling to Arthur Weyula, who’s headed effort went wide. Mwaniki almost doubled his side’s lead four minutes later, but his powerful shot rattled the bar.
Just a few minutes after coming off the bench, Tusker’s Ismail Salim became their hero of-the-day after he dived in to head in a 77th minute equalizing goal through a cross from the left side of their attack. A minute later, the AllStars made their first change by taking off Haji for Anthony Nyangor. Three minutes later, John Ndirangu was brought on for Kennedy Owino.
With the game on level pegging, Tusker kept lodging long balls into the AllStars box trying to break open the AllStars defense, but the central partnership of Weyula and Odunga stood firm on their grounds. Ismail tried his luck from a long effort in the 83rd minute, but saw his shot go wide, and a few minutes later, a Tusker shot off a free kick went way wide of the intended target.
Were’s 87th minute shot was comfortable save by the AllStars goalie Shaban Odhoji - who was making his debut following his transfer from Muhoroni Youth. The AllStars almost grabbed the winning goal through a last minute effort from Mwaniki, but his powerful shot on the turn from just inside the box was parried by the Tusker goalie.
With the result, the AllStars still lie in the 15th spot of the table with 8 points from 15 matches.