Vihiga United beat visiting City Stars 2-0 yesterday at the Mumias Sports Complex to move into second position on 71 points in the National Super League (NSL). Bernard Ochieng’ hit the back of the net in the 19th minute for the opener as Edward Manoah’s charges began to insert themselves in the match.
The goal came against the run of play with hard-working veteran Charles Okwemba stole the ball from the heart of the midfield and lobbed it into space above the opposing defenders only for the onrushing Ochieng’ to sneak the ball in.
The visitors who had earlier indicated failure to honour the much seemed to exhibit fatigue but fought gallantly regardless. John Amboko’s men for a couple of minutes had large possessions but their forwards were blunt. It was a far cry from their last weekend performance over leaders Ushuru where they stunned them 2-1 at Camp Toyoyo.
Ezekiel Odera was a handful as he ran in behind the Vihiga defenders and once too often had to be closed out. The second half was cagier as both teams struggled to find rhythm down the middle. The Kawangware-based team were comfortable playing direct while the hosts had wide men creating the damage.
In the 80th minute, league top scorer notched his 15th goal after powering in a header off a cross from Clyde Senaji to close out the match. Elsewhere at the Eldoret’s Kipchoge Keino Stadium, hosts GFE 105 humbled visiting Kisumu’s Palos 2-1 in an ill-tempered match.
The match was occasioned by a flurry of calls that upset both sets of players. Bonface Mukheke had a brace for the home team as Ben Baraza pulled one back for sixth-placed Palos who are on 45 points.