It was a brilliant recovery for Ushuru yesterday after convincingly beating Nairobi Stima 3-1 at Camp Toyoyo .
This was an atonement of their 3-0 drubbing at the hand of Coast Stima last weekend.
Ken Kenyatta’s side has now moved to 10th spot on 11 points following an indifferent start to the campaign. A brace from Bill Oporia and a priceless header from strike partner Benjamin Amianda were enough to shut out a poor Stima who had their consolation courtesy of a 72nd minute penalty off top striker Stephen Owusu.
Ibrahim Shikanda’s men started brightly pressing well and launching attacks through wing players John Kangethe and Victor Omune. Burly Ghanaian import Owusu was a handful but often ably dealt with by the hawkish central defence pairing of Frederick Kentile and Nelson Marosewe.
On the other end, the attacking trio of Enoch Agwanda, Bill Oporia and Benjamin Amianda posed so many questions to the shaky backline of the visiting side. In the 14th minute, right back Fan Ngaira lofted his ball behind the Stima defence finding an unmarked Amianda to power in a header beyond Daniel Odhiambo. Four minutes to end of the first half,Agwanda’s left wing cross slipped off the goalkeeper’s hands to give Oporia a free header closing out the interval at a comfortable 2-0.
Second half was a bit compact as Stima pushed forward with urgency while the taxmen covered their spaces well enough. Owusu was frustrated all evening while his partner Vincent Odongo was absent in action. Inside 58 minutes, Oporia intercepted a rebound in the Stima 18 yard to smash in his double to complete the rout.
“It was a good match, so much relieved for the win. It is still a long way but we will take a game at a time,” said a buoyant coach Kenyatta after the titanic contest.
Meanwhile Kibera Black Stars fell to their second loss of the season when they went down 2-1 to John Amboko’s Nairobi City Stars. First half goals from Stephen Inganji and Abdirahman Mango was enough to put the faltering slum side while their consolation came from a 25th minute strike by Ronald Ochieng.