Fred Likuyani @likuyani2
Chavakali High School skipper Lawrence Luvanda steered his team to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Kabula from Bungoma with a goal and an assist in the opening match of the Western region Kenya Secondary Schools term two games at St Peter’s Mumias.
Chavakali, also known as the Buffs, started the match on a low note and were surprised by the electrifying pace of Kabula wingers Nicholas Kahindi and Steven Erima that exposed their defence but goalkeeper Clifford Karani was up to the task.
Kabula, christened Talented Saints, then took the lead nine minutes into the match after Steven Erima intercepted a square pass from a Chavakali defender on the edge of the box and easily beat Karani with a close range effort.
The match was then stopped for a few minutes after Kabula’s Elias Mghendi sustained an injury, and the Chavakali technical bench used the opportunity to change his system from a 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2 which turned the tide in their favour as they started controlling the midfield and attacked as a unit.
As a result, Luvanda pounced on a long ball at the edge of the box and unleashed a venomous half-volley to level matters in the 23rd minute.
After the break, it was the Vihiga county representatives who demonstrated desire to pick maximum points as they launched numerous attacks and were rewarded six minutes into the second half when Steward Omondi curled in a lovely ball to send his team on top of Group A that also has Koyonzo from Kakamega and Mabunge from Busia.