Makolanders held by Olympic in WPL match in Jericho

Women Premier League (WPL) side Makolanders were held to a 2-2 draw by Mombasa Olympic in a league match played at Jericho’s Camp Toyoyo Ground yesterday.

Makolanders, the match favourites, started on a high scoring in the third minute of the match as Amy Lasu stole the ball from a forest of legs in the box to tap in the opener.Olympic settled well and would have leveled in the first quarter through Harambee Starlet’s ace Mwanahalima Adam but her shot was blocked by experienced Makolanders’ keeper Pauline Atieno.

Adam goal five minutes later was ruled offside but that did not stop the goal poacher from pressing on. Her efforts paid as she chipped past Atieno to level matters in the 40th minute. Lucy Njeri’s effort in the 47th minute from a left wing shot missed the goal by a whisker as her side Makolanders, lost a series of open chances.

Nuru Mustafa beat Atieno to put Olympic ahead in the 70th minute through a free kick but Dorcas Vihenda restored parity in the 82nd minute tapping in a loose ball after the opponent expected a foul call for ball handling in the penalty area.

“I did not expect a draw. We have had a great run of results recently and had beaten Olympic 3-1 in the first round and this resulted in complacency in the part of players. Now we have to work harder and change a few things in the coming matches,” Makolanders coach Mike Ohanga said faulting his players for having the wrong attitude.

Olympics’ Joshua Oyoo was gutted by the wrong call that saw the side lose a well defended lead that would have handed the side maximum points, opining that better officiating should be done for fairness in the league.

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