Harambee Stars trialist Masita Masuta saved Nzoia from the jaws of defeat with an equaliser at the death in a 1-1 draw with Nakumatt in a National Super League match at Ruaraka yesterday.
Nzoia seemed dead and buried until four minutes of added time when Masuta converted a controversial penalty awarded by centre referee Peter Waweru after Nicholas Meja was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.
The decision did not go down well with Nakumatt whose deputy coach Fred Ambani castigated Waweru over what he described as showing open bias to the team. “The officiating was wanting and it’s surprising that it still pervades Super League matches.
The referee made suspect calls against both teams oblivious of the fact that this was a tension-filled match,” said Ambani. Nakumatt, who were a delight to watch with their crisp, passing game, looked destined to breaking Nzoia’s unbeaten record when Joshua Oyoo gave them the lead in the 70th with a harmless looking pin-point shot outside the box which beat goalkeeper Benson Mangaza all the way.
But it was Nzoia who were quicker off the blocks in the early moments with Luke Nakanda and Brian Yakhhama combining well in the fifth minute for the latter to be denied by hard working Nakumatt defender Kennedy Onyango.
Both team traded powerful shots at goal thereafter as Peter Nzuki came close for Nakumatt with his shot being smothered by Mangaza in the 17th minute.