FKF Wednesday Wrap: Forces derby ends scoreless as Talanta win in Bungoma

FKF Wednesday Wrap: Forces derby ends scoreless as Talanta win in Bungoma
Police and Ulinzi fired blanks at Nyayo

Police had the better of the opening chances with Clinton Kinanga, their lanky number nine who scored the goal that took them into the league having most of the scoring opportunities.

Kenya Police’s first top flight meeting with fellow uniformed forces side Ulinzi Stars from the Kenya Defence Forces ended in a barren draw at the Nyayo National Stadium on Wednesday. Home side Police hit the woodwork twice and had a one on one chance saved as they failed to beat their ‘army cousins’ in a closely contested tie at the Nyayo National Stadium.

“I believe we played really well but our major undoing was the fact that we didn’t create many chances. We dominated and should have buried at least one or two chances we had at goal. We need to look at how we finish and this will help us improve,” said Kenya Police coach John Bobby Ogolla.

His opposite number at Ulinzi Stars Stephen Ocholla bore the same opponents. “We couldn’t score today and that was our major undoing. We will need to work on that and I believe when we face the same opponents in the return leg in Nakuru on Sunday we will be better.”

Police had the better of the opening chances with Clinton Kinanga, their lanky number nine who scored the goal that took them into the league having most of the scoring opportunities.

On the quarter hour mark, he broke off on the right but his shot hit the side netting. Two minutes later, he did well to skip past keeper James Saruni off a Clifton Miheso through ball, but he couldn’t hit the target and chose to cut back, the ball being easily cleared away by Ulinzi.

Police were pushing for the opening goal and they came close in the 22dn minute only for Charles Ouma to crash the woodwork. Duke Abuya had done well to skip beyond Brian Birgen on the left before slitting down a low cross into the area.

They would hit the bar again three minutes from time when Duncan Otieno took on an effort from distance, but his low shot came against the upright.

Ulinzi were doing well going forward, but couldn’t be dangerous enough. They didn’t have a shot on target the entire half but the closest they came was via a header from Daniel Waweru off Masita Masuta’s cross that went over.

Elvis Nandwa also had a good chance to score when he was picked out by a brilliant cross from Brian Birgen, but he chose to control and pass when he was inside the box, deciding against the better option of taking a shot at goal.

At the start of the second half, Ulinzi made changes bringing on Oscar Wamalwa and Clinton Omondi for Mark Bikokwa and Boniface Onyango, a clear move to increase their forays in attack.

And they indeed started well with masita Masuta twice trying his luck from distance but in both instances his efforts went just wide.

In the 61st minute, Wamalwa thought he had broken the deadlock when he chipped the ball over the keeper, but he was ruled out for offside.

Police tried to mount late pressure with former Ulinzi Stars man John Mark Makwatta being introduced for the final 20 minutes. However, they couldn’t find a winner.

Over in Bungoma, visiting FC Talanta edged hosts Nzoia Sugar 3-2 at the Sudi Stadium. Francis Kahiro, Muhammad Sebi and Michael Jairo were Talanta's scorers while Levis Okello struck a brace for Nzoia.

Gor Mahia and Bidco United settled for a 1-1 draw at Kasarani. Jacob Onyango opened the scoring for Bidco with a 27th minute goal before Samuel Onyango's penalty drew Gor level in the 87th minute.

Posta Rangers held KCB to a 1-1 draw in Thika, Timothy Otieno getting Posta's equalizer after Derrick Otanga had put KCB ahead while Sofapaka and Kariobangi Sharks settled for a 0-0 draw.

Collated Results

Nzoia Sugar 2 FC Talanta 3

Gor Mahia 1 Bidco United 1

Posta Rangers 1 KCB 1

Kenya Police 0 Ulinzi Stars 0

Sofapaka 0 Kariobangi Sharks 0