On form AllStars E offensive player Zablon Kutere was the man-of-the match during a today's friendly match, where his team whitewashed Makadara FC in a friendly match that was played at the Nakuru Athletic Club grounds.
The AllStars were too much of a strong opponent for their visitors, as it is them who carried the day with a massive 12-2 win.
Win numerous names on the score sheet for the AllStars, one name in particular was outstanding. Zablon's hat-trick ensured that his name was enlisted on the score sheet on three occasions, while still boasting of two assists, to unanimously claim the man-of-the match title.
While Zablon did his magic on the pitch, his coach on the sidelines was showering him with praises, while terming the young lad as a star in the making.
"He (Zablon) was in very fine form today. He carried the team with both shoulders." coach Alice said. "Zablon is a very good player. He is very intelligent and has skills. Looking at today's match, you could see how much we wanted to get involved whenever we went forward. His positioning too was so good and that's why he managed to score three and assist in two. The team in general did well too. We played well and the results says it all"
The AllStars E team was using the match to warm up their muscles in time for their next Ligi Ndogo league match, although the resumption of the league is still awaiting for the outcome of a meeting that is scheduled for this Sunday.
The AllStars B coach, coach James Angila, has set a first leg target for his team, as Rift Valley Provincial league gets nearer to its mid-season. The coach said that a top three finish will do just good for his side, and that his team will then use that outcome to catapult themselves to a much better position in the second leg and probably to the end of the season.
With 21 points from 11 matches, the AllStars B team lie on the 6th spot of the 16-team table - 8 points adrift the leaders - who have played two games more than the AllStars.
"We have had our good matches, and our bad ones too,...but looking at the current standings, I think we have done a good job so far. We have won 6 matches, have drawn 3, and lost just two. That is a good record to me as we head halfway into the season, but we will have to close that gap up if we want to go into the second leg as contenders, and not just a team that's looking to finish the season in mid-table." the coach said.
The team is currently preparing to host Naivasha based side FC 105, for a league match that's set to take place at the Nakuru Athletic Club grounds on Sunday, and it is a match that the coach says will be the door opener to their ambitions.
"We play fourth placed FC 105 this Sunday. They are just two points ahead of us on the table. If we beat them then we climb to the 3rd spot. It is a win that we need from that match, but we also have to be very cautious as they will also be coming here to try and get the maximum points. It is somehow a top-of-the table clash given the narrow gap in points we have between the top team and us."
A 15th minute goal by Mathare United's Titi Olesu was enough to settle today's match, where the AllStars lost by a single goal to nil in a Tusker Premier League match that was played at the Afraha Stadium.
The match started off well for the AllStars, as the team would had taken a very early lead through Anthony Nyangor's 3rd minute headed effort that came off the crossbar, and the ball bounced on the goal line before the keeper finally kept it safely in his hands. Action shifted to the other end of the pitch just a minute later, where the AllStars keeper Shaban Odhoji had to punch out a shot off a direct free kick.
Looking very bright up front for the Mathare side, Olesu tried to score a spectacular goal through an overhead kick, but his shot went wide off the goal. The player almost put his name on the score sheet just five minutes later, where he took advantage of a defensive blunder by AllStars defender Bernard Odhiambo and his keeper, but the forward's shot missed the goal as the ball just rolled in front of the unguarded goal and ended outside for an AllStars goal kick.
The deadlock would soon be broken on the 15th minute, where Olesu connected with a low cross from the Mathare leaf wing and poked his shot into the net - beating Odhoji on his near post.
Nyangor almost brought the tie level on the 18th minute, but his headed effort off John Ndirangu's free kick hit the bar again. Mathare also gave the AllStars a scare when their forward hit the woodwork after he had been played through at goal. Ndirangu tried his luck in the 29th minute from way out with a shot that went wide, and Michael Kamau's shot from inside the box also went wide off the crossbar after the player had received the ball off a headed flick by Erastus Mwaniki.
The Mathare goalie was called into action in the 38th minute where he had to punch the ball out for a corner kick after Ndirangu had curled in a direct free kick from the edge of the 18-yard area, just before the heavens opened up and it started pouring. Ndirangu was again on target in the closing stages of the first half, but the keeper was well alert as he parried out the forward's shot.
A 50th minute poor left-footed effort by Ndirangu ended wide, and a minute later, Nyangor had himself to blame as he missed to tap in the ball off a rebound from point blank range, after the keeper had spilled the ball off a shot by Peter Ng'ang'a.
The AllStars strengthened their attack through a 53rd minute double substitution, where Ndirangu and Teddy Siwa were brought off for Daniel Kamau and Kennedy Owino respectively. Mathare knocked again on the AllStars door on the 59th minute, but Odhoji kept the AllStars in the game as he punched out a goal-bound shot. The keeper repeated his heroics three minutes later by punching out another shot that had so much power to it.
The AllStars almost scored in the 68th minute through Daniel Kamau, but the Mathare keeper was wide awake as he parried the ball away, before Peter Ng'ang'a's shot was well blocked by former AllStars defender Noah Abich. Mwaniki also tried to get a goal with a 72nd minute shot, but the ball went wide off the intended target.
Wilson Andati was brought on for Anthony Nyangor in the 73rd minute to add more firepower to the AllStars attack. With Mathare sitting very deep inside their own half as they tried to protect their lead, the AllStars kept coming at their visitors. Defender Kapilima Kanamuli had a 75th minute strike go wide, and Dennis Sikhai 84th minute shot off a free kick was well punched out by the keeper.
AllStars threw all their men in front in the final minutes of the match, and it almost bore fruits as the team made good goal-scoring chances off a series of attacks. First it was Ng'ang'a's blocked effort after the player had hit a shot off a volley, followed by Owino's headed effort that went wide after the player had connected to Sikhai's cross, and finally a 86th minute shot by Mwaniki that was also blocked. With the two minutes of added time already gone, the referee had no other option but to blow the final whistle, leaving the AllStars mourning over their second defeat in five days.
The AllStars still sit on the bottom of the league where they have a 13 points s=from 21 matches.
AllStars coach Peter Okidi has exuded confidence in his side ahead of the team's Premier League match against Mathare United - saying that he is positive that his side will bounce back from their midweek loss; where the team lost by three goals to nil against league leaders Tusker FC.
Speaking after the team's Saturday training session, the coach said "...the match against Tusker was more of an eye-opener to us, and the loss did come with its own teachings. It was a match that taught us that goal scoring chances are there to be executed - and a loss is the result that comes whenever there is failure to do that. We had our chances in that match, and had we executed them perfectly, then maybe we would had been talking about a different story now."
A 12th minute penalty miss by Mwaniki, together with other numerous wasteful chances by some of his teammates left the AllStars with their 11th loss of the season - a loss that came just as the team was trying to get their house in order after a good run of just one loss in their last seven games prior to the Tusker FC match.
The AllStars sit at the bottom of the league table with 13 points from 20 matches. The team has recorded 2 wins so far in the season, with 7 draws and 11 losses. The AllStars have netted in a total of 10 goals, and have conceded 25 - leaving them with a goal difference of -25.
Both of the AllStars' wins have come at home, and both wins have come with a clean sheet to them. The first was a 2-0 win against then league leaders Gor Mahia, and the second is a recent win over fellow league debutants KRA, where a solitary goal by Mwaniki was enough to bag the AllStars all the three points that were available for that day.
"It is at home where we have shown our might, and it is the home matches that will determine if our dream will be kept alive. We have to do a good run of home wins for us to dodge the axe, and I am very confident that we will do just that. This team is very capable of doing exactly that - and even more." the coach said.
Mathare United - who are the AllStars' next opponents - will be coming into tomorrow's match off a backdrop of a 1-0 win that they recorded over Bandari FC - a win that came just a few hours before the AllStars' loss to Tusker, as both matches took place on the same venue with the Mathare match being that day's curtain raiser. Mathare have a total of 26 points from 20 matches; where they have won 7 matches, have drawn 5, and have lost 8. They have a goal difference of -7, that comprises of 11 goals scored and 18 goals conceded.
The first leg of this fixture ended in a 1-1 draw between these sides, where Daniel Kamau's 67th minute headed goal canceled out Mathare United's Bernard Omondi's 57th minute opener.
"A win in tomorrow's match will surely boost our morale and that's exactly what we will be going for. It is very important that we take our chances, that is something I will keep insisting to them (the AllStars team)." coach Peter said.
Tomorrow's match has been scheduled for a 1500 hrs kick off time.
It was a bad day in office yesterday for the AllStars team, as they were beaten by three goals to nothing by Tusker FC - in a Tusker Premier League match that was played at the Ruaraka Sports Grounds.
The match got off to a fine start for the hosts, as they would have grabbed the opener in the very first minute of play following a scrappy defending by the AllStars, but keeper Shaban Odhoji made a good save before Peter Ng'ang'a cleared the ball off for a corner kick. Tusker's Kevin Kimani's corner kick was headed out by Dennis Sikhai, and the ball hit the top of the crossbar after Kimani took the second corner kick.
Anthony Nyangor tried his luck from long range with a 4th minute strike, but the ball went way over the bar. Looking very dangerous on the left wing, Kimani delivered a good cross into the AllStars box and found Clifford Alwanga, but the player's headed effort went wide off the target. Shaban was again called into action in the 10th minute where the keeper had to come off his line to punch out a Tusker cross.
The 13th minute of the match saw the AllStars get themselves a golden opportunity after the referee pointed to the spot after Tusker's Luke Ochieng handled the ball in the danger area, but Tusker keeper Sammy Odhiambo dived the correct way to punch out Erastus Mwaniki's spot kick to deny the player his forth league goal of the season.
AllStars almost got punished for their penalty miss just two minutes latter when Akiya almost put the ball into his own net following an awkward clearance. The player was brought to action again in the 20th minute - but this time around for the right reasons - where he cleared the ball to cancel out an attack by the opponents.
AllStars suffered a big blow in the 23rd minute after midfielder Cersidy Okeyo was stretchered off the field of play after he failed to recover from an injury he had sustained in an early collision with Lloyd Wahome. Tusker almost broke the deadlock in the 25th minute through an effort from just the edge of the 18-yard area, but Shaban was wide awake to put the ball into his safe pair of gloves. John Ndirangu was introduced in the 31st minute for the injured Okeyo.
Anthony Nyangor's 35th minute shot off a long free kick was blocked by the Tusker defense, and three minutes later, the action was on the AllStars box again where Shaban punched out a powerful shot by a Tusker forward. Tusker would later break the deadlock in the 42nd minute through a spot kick. AllStars defender Kamamuli Kapilimba fouled Aboud Omar in the box, and Ismael Dunga sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-0 for the hosts. Tusker almost went into the break two-nil up, but Shaban made sure that didn't happen as he punched out Kimani's powerful shot that had been taken from just inside the box.
AllStars plotted an attack almost immediately after the break in the 46th minute, but Ndirangu's shot went wide off the goal after the player had received the ball from Mwaniki - who had done a good job at the right wing. The action was then drifted to the other end of the pitch just a minute later, and again, it was Shaban who produced a fine save off a headed effort; but his goalmouth heroics became in vain just eights minutes later, as Tusker scored their second in the 54th minute through Kevin Kimani.
Mwaniki almost pulled one for his side in the 57th minute after Nyangor did well to chest the ball down for him - but after beating the keeper with his shot, the ball instead went and hit the inside of the left post, and it was cleared before Nyangor could get to the rebound. Tusker then hit a shot that went wide in the 67th minute, before the AllStars made a tactical substitution by bringing on forward Sebastian Muchera for the injured left back Stanlaus Akiya.
The 70th minute saw Ndirangu's shot off a free kick well tipped over the bar by the Tusker goalie, and six minutes later, Siwa should had done better with his header as he rose free in the Tusker box only to see his effort go wide off the intended target. This would then go punished in the 77th minute when Jesse Were was played through at goal by a teammate, before firing a low shot to the far post that left the AllStars goalie helpless as he forward rushed to the corner flag to celebarate his team's third goal.
Mwaniki's 80th minute shot at goal was well blocked by a defender, before man-of-the match Shaban was again forced to spare his defenders the shame after their sloppy defending almost resulted into a goal. In the 89th minute, Nyangor was played at goal by Muchera, but the player hit his shot wide off the target as that signaled the last opportunity of a miserable day for the AllStars.
The team still sit at the bottom of the league table with 13 points from 20 matches.
The AllStars team will be leaving town heading to the capital city, where they are set to continue with their Premier League assignments with an away match at Ruaraka grounds against 2012 league champions Tusker FC.
The first leg of this corresponding fixture ended in a one-all draw, in a match that was played in the afternoon of July 2nd at Afraha Stadium. Peter Ng'ang'a headed the AllStars ahead in the first half's - first minute of added time, before Ismail Salim equalized for Tusker in the 78th minute of that hotly contested match.
Coming off a 1-1 draw from Mombasa against Bandari FC, Tusker currently sit on the second spot of the league table - just three points adrift the leaders. The brewers have a total of 35 points from 19 matches - where they have won 10, have drawn 5, and have lost 4 matches. They have so far scored 27 goals, and have conceded 17.
Tusker is a very strong side when playing at their own backyard, as this fact is evident by the look of their home-matches statistics. They have so far played 8 matches at their home grounds, where they have won 7, have drawn none, and have lost only once. That single loss came back in April 23rd, where they lost by a solitary goal to visiting Chemelil Sugar. Almost two-thirds of their goals have also been scored in front of their own fans, as 16 of their total 27 goals have come at home, while they have conceded five times in the process.
With the good home record of their next opponents in mind, the AllStars will most definitely have to be at their best tomorrow as they take on Tusker. Sitting at the bottom of the table, the AllStars have a total of 13 points from 19 matches. The team has so far won 2 matches, have drawn 7, and have lost 10. The team's -12 goal difference comprises of 10 scored goals, and 22 conceded. The team has currently been on a good run, where they have lost just a single match in their last 7 league outings - even though five of those matches have all ended in a stalemate.
Kizito Sikhai is expected to be left out of the traveling squad, as the defender still recuperates from a knee injury.
The match is scheduled to kick off at 1615 hrs.
Left back Peter Mwangi - who has been on very fine form in recent weeks - was his team's hero yesterday afternoon, after his superb equalizing goal was good enough to give his team a well deserved 1-1 draw against Mwariki FC.
The Rift Valley Provincial league match got off to a good start for both teams, as the two sides squared each other to some very early end to end action that kept the crowd very entertained.
It was the hosts who managed to crack open their opponents defense as the match approached he final third of the first half, where Mwariki took advantage of a 30th minute free kick to take a 1-0 lead. Mwariki then kept looking for a second goal, but they were always kept at bay by the AllStars defense - led by their in-form defender Charles Mirugi - who covered his goal pretty well.
The AllStars started the second half much brighter than the first, and attacked with more hunger. Their efforts finally paid dividends in the 68th minute, where Mwangi produced a moment of brilliance to slot in the equalizer. The player received the ball from the left flank, then he started cutting-in towards the box where he beat two defenders as he dribbled his way inside the danger area, and unleashed an unstoppable shot that ended straight into the net.
With the scores at level pegging, the AllStars kept their attack going, as their hosts pulled their men back to cover their defense. The referee would then bring the contest to an end with few minutes past the normal 90 minutes of play having already gone.
Even though coach Jimmy was delighted to have gotten a point off the match, the coach said that most of the referee's decisions were very questionably.
"We did very good to get ourselves a point especially given the fact that we had to come from behind for us to do so. My boys did very well and they refused to be intimidated by the way the referee handled the match. Most of the center referee's decisions were very questionable."
The AllStars now have a total of 21 points from 10 matches, and they sit on the 4th spot of the league table.
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.