The Somo and Karibu AllStars teams made their district league kick off matches yesterday (Sunday 19th May), where Somo drew their match, while Karibu earned themselves a 3-2 victory.
Coach Shim Mudanya's Somo AllStars team had traveled to Banita, where they faced off with Banita FC, for a Pool A clash. The first half of the 1pm kick off match ended barren, and the hosts took the lead on the hour mark after the teams had taken back to the pitch for the second half. AllStars stroke the equalizer later as the match was about to come to an end, and the match ended one-all after the final whistle.
The Pool B clash pitting Kiamunyi FC and Karibu AllStars kicked off at 1.30pm where the visitors took a 13th minute lead through Robert Arot, after he had picked up a lovely pass from Drona Openda. The home team scored the equalizer twelve minutes later, before Kevin Otieno found the back of the net with AllStars' second goal from a Charles Kwaha assist, thus enabling the visitors to take a 2-1 lead into the half time break.
After a series of attacks at the AllStars defense, Kiamunyi leveled the scores again to 2-2 as the match was gearing into the last quarter of an hour. An in-form Edward Musomi made sure his team traveled back home three points richer when he scored the winner in the 83rd minute, after he was played through by Kefa Wagara, who had tormented the Kiamunyi defense before making the sublime pass.
Both coaches said that they were happy with their team's performances, and said that they look forward to getting more better results in the coming league fixtures.
"Its never easy playing away, so for them to pull a such a come-back shows that they are very focused and they hunger for success." coach Shim said.
AllStars Line Up:
T.Siwa, W.Odunga, P.Kihungi, L.Oyuga
G.Maina, M.Kamau, A.Ng'ang'a
Kuks, B.Mandela, T.Achesa
S.Kamidi, D.Sikhai, S.Akiya, P.Ng'ang'a, J.Mwangi, A.Fadhil, D.Kamau
- Stanlaus Akiya for Lambert Oyuga
- Daniel Kamau for Kuks Andati
- Adam Fadhil for Titus Achesa
The Nakuru Athletic Club grounds today witnessed the first leg of the Division One - Zone B group 1 Nakuru derby, in a just concluded showdown that kicked off at 1pm.
AllStars were playing hosts to their local derby rivals Comply FC, as the home team went into the match looking to get a fourth consecutive home win. But unfortunately that was not the case, as Comply played defensive throughout the match that also saw lady luck swing the home team's opposite way.
The match had a slow start, with much of the concentration entirely at the midfield area, where both teams had numbers as they were both looking to win dominance over that region. For a team that went into the pitch with a defensive strategy in mind, Comply FC failed to comply to their opponent's early wave of attacks, thus allowing the AllStars midfield of Michael Kamau, Geoffrey 'Maish' Maina and Kuks Andati to overshadow them.
Mandela had the first opportunity of the match when he failed to connect to Oyuga's out-swinging cross. Maish then shot wide from outside the box, and Achesa's shot from an indirect free kick was well blocked by a Comply defender. The AllStars fullbacks also did well in overlapping as they stepped up to try and help out the forwards, who looked outnumbered for most of the half.
Midway through the half, AllStars were awarded a free kick when Mandela was brought down on the edge of the eighteen yard area. The resulting kick went straight into the safe pair of gloves of the Comply goalie, after Achesa had hit the ball well over the wall, but unfortunately it lacked enough power to it.
The home team began the second half looking very promising and ambitious. There were brilliant surging runs to the flanks from Mandela, which in turn gave room for Kuks and Anthony Ng'ang'a 'Ng'aso' as the AllStars played inside their opponent's half for most of the second period. AllStars almost grabbed the opening goal through Achesa, who's shot was blocked by the defender, after he had been fed by Maish. The AllStars midfielder had gone round the goalie just before he set up Achesa. Maish would later have a go himself with a shot that went wide off the bar.
Minutes later, the crowd roared in celebrations as Mandela looked to have finally broken the deadlock, only for him to see a Comply defender clear the ball off the line. Mandela had made a brilliant run, which was read well by Michael Kamau as he played a long ball to the forward. Mande then headed the ball straight at goal over the advancing goalie, then hit the ball again with his upper thigh, just before it was cleared off on its way into the net.
Lambert Oyuga was taken off for Stanlaus Akiya, as the home side looked to add more depth to their attack. Daniel Kamau 'Mau KRA' was also introduced for Kuks Andati, who looked pretty tired and worn out. Mau KRA's introduction almost payed dividends when the big center forward collected the ball from the midfield, then made his way through the Comply defense, before hitting a left footed shot that the goalie parred away. Nga'so also had only himself to blame after he hit the ball wide from inside the box, after he had successfully beaten a defender and set himself clear in front of the target.
Apart from the hard luck in front of goal, AllStars suffered another huge blow as their best player on the field, Titus Achesa, was carried off the field following a very nasty challenge, that left him limping from a bandaged knee. He was substituted by Adam Fadhil, and the latter hit a cross straight at the goalie just moments after his introduction. Ng'aso hit a curling shot wide, before Ade missed to score from the six yard box. Akiya had set up Ade with a square pass after dribbling his way from the left wing into the Comply box.
Knowing that they had all but tried in vain to put the ball into the net, the home side held their faces down after the referee blew the final whistle.
The AllStars C and AllStars D teams, both re-branded to Somo AllStars and Karibu AllStars respectively, are set to play their first matches of the District league, as the league will be kicking off this weekend.
Both teams will play their league openers tomorrow (Sunday 19th May), with both teams kicking off their fixtures to away opponents.
Somo AllStars will be travelling to Banita, where they will play against Banita FC, in a Pool A match, while Karibu AllStars will be away at the Mercy Njeri area of the town, where they are set to play against Kiamunyi AllStars, for a Pool B match.
Somo played in the same league last season, where they were the best team after the campaign ended, only for them to be knocked out of the first round of the Mini-league tournament, a tournament which stood between them and their promotion into the County league. Coach Wekesa's Karibu AllStars team will be making their debut into the league this season
Both coaches have expressed their confidence in their teams ahead of the start of the league. Speaking after his team's morning session, Coach Shim Mudanya said that he "...is well prepared for the match, and I am very sure that these boys (Somo AllStars players) are also ready for the kick off. We have been training very hard and all that's left is to go into the pitch to collect our rewards."
"I have been with this guys (the Karibu AllStars players) for quite a while now, so I know that they are capable of getting the desired results. Although this is their first season in the district league, I have faith that they are going to do us proud." coach Wekesa said.
Both matches are scheduled to kick off at 1pm.
The Top Fry AllStars will tomorrow (Sunday 19th May) miss the services of three of their key players when they will be hosting their fiercest local rivals Comply FC, for a Division One - Zone B group 1 derby tie, that is set to be staged at the Nakuru Athletic Club.
Having picked up a hip injury almost immediately after scoring his goal last week against Timsales FC, Sebastian Muchera has not trained ever since, and has been ruled out of Sunday's showdown. The other two who are definitely out of that match are Kizito 'Sky' Sikhai, who also picked up a calf injury during the Timsales match, and Kennedy 'Daddy' Owino who suffered a concussion during one of the team's sessions in the build up to last week's match.
Lying fourth on the league table, AllStars have so far managed to collect a total of 13 points from 6 matches, 6 points ahead of their next opponents who lie 8th on the table with 7 points from 6 matches.
Having already beaten West Kenya Sugar, Zoo Kericho, and Timsales FC, AllStars will be coming into this match looking to extend their 100% home record, by this match their fourth successive home win in the league this season, and at the expense of Comply, a team they share a rivalry with.
The AllStars have proved to be a very hard nut to crack at their own backyard this season, by having so far managed to score 5 goals in 4 home matches, and are yet to concede any goal in those four matches.
With that in mind, breaking apart the AllStars team will surely be a daunting task for a team of Comply's standards, who have not won themselves any point away from their home, and have lost both the two away matches they have so far contested in. Comply have so far scored 6 goals and have conceded 8.
Last season the AllStars managed to beat Comply by two goals to one. Both of AllStars' goals were scored by Arthur Weyula, with both goals coming from corner kicks. Carlos pulled one back for Comply to set up a pulsating final minutes of the match. AllStars come into this match off the backdrop of a 1-0 victory they secured against a resilient Timsales FC, while Comply will be hoping to bounce back from a 2-0 loss they suffered at the hands of GFC 105 last week. Both of those matches were played at the same venue; the Afraha Stadium, and were both televised live on DSTV', through their SuperSport 9 East channel.
Apart from Muchera, Sky and Daddy, the rest of the AllStars squad is fully fit and up for selection to this match. The match will kick off at 1pm.
AllStars B coach, coach Jimmy has reiterated that he still hails a lot of praise for his boys, despite being held to a 2-2 draw away to Afraha High School.
The friendly match which was played at the school's ground, kicked off at 4pm, with AllStars showing their dominance from the early stages of the match.
Despite their early surge of attacks at the Afraha defense, the home side surprised their visitors by taking an early lead in the 15th minute of the hotly contested match. The goal looked to have really boosted the home team's morale and it was evident in the way they started playing following their opener.
Afraha did plot another attack and they were dully rewarded just minutes before the half time break when they extended their lead to take a 2-0 advantage into the pep talk break.
AllStars seemed much settled in the second half, and Brian Osinde pulled a goal back back just five minutes after the restart to make it 2-1. In the 60th minute, Kevin Rubi made his presence felt with a brilliant effort to make the 2-2 with his side's equalizing goal, and the scores ended at 2-2 after the final whistle.
Coach Jimmy talked very positively on his team's performance despite the draw, terming it an 'unlucky draw' given the situations connected to the match. "I am proud of my players. They have played so well, and I think we deserved more than a draw, although I am not surprised with the score given the conditions were were playing with. The match was officiated by one of their students as the center referee, so that says it all."
A very positive thing to note about the match was the return of Jeremiah Odiambo and Cosmos Okoth, who had been away due to illness and injury respectively. Cosmos played the whole match, while 'Jerry' (Jeremiah) made his appearance as a second half substitute.
The AllStars B current league top scorer Benson Wagema is boasting with confidence, as he basks in the glory of being the one leading on his team's goal chart, and surely one of the top hit men in the provincial league so far.
On Sunday while playing on either flanks of the pitch, Wagema grabed himself a clean hat-trick, as his team gave the WhiteCranes a 7-0 thrashing, in a leage match that was played at the Nakuru Athletic Club.
The pacey forward has so far netter four league goals.Apart from his recent hat-trick, Wagema also scored during his team's win on their provincial league debut away at Teachers Savila.
Speaking during one of the teams sessions, the player made it clear that he was "....very happy with what I have achieved so far as an AllStar, and I am positive that this will be my season. To start off the season with four goals is not something that happens very often, especially given the fact that I play at the wide positions."
"I have so far scored in both of our first matches, now all my focus shifts to the next match where I will also take my chances given the opportunity. I'm very confident this season I will surpass my ambitions as a player playing in the provincial league for the first time." he went on to say.
Coach Jimmy's AllStars B team has so far collected 6 points, scored 11 goals, and have conceded only three times, in their first two league matches.
The AllStars B team today gave their visitors the WhiteCranes from Narok a 7-0 thrushing, in a just concluded Rift Valley Province league match that was played at the Nakuru Athletic Club grounds.
Team captain Daniel 'Dante' Mwangi opened the score after a very tightly contested opening ten minutes of the match, by heading in from a Stephen Lerima cross. The goal came as a response to WhiteCranes' early attempts at the AllStars goal, where the visitors hit two shots at the AllStars goal, following good work from two counter attacks.
Evans Marongo should have given AllStars the lead very early in the match when he met well with a low cross, but then hit a very weak shot straight at the goalie.
Benson Wagema then made it 2-1 when he scored with a shot after he was played through by Marongo. The player then got his brace just before half time when he headed in another cross from the on-form Lerima, with AllStars going into the half time break leading by three goals to nothing.
In the second half, Jesse Atuko took the lead further by adding a forth from one of his trade-mark free kicks. Even though the player is well know as a very good set piece taker, and he does score from such areas, it is the WhiteCranes goalie who should carry much of the blame as the ball went in through his legs, and left him disgusted at himself for the manner which he was easily beaten.
Man-of-the match James Kariuki, Dante, and Marongo looked very comfortable pulling the string from the midfield area, and they supplied very dangerous passes to their forwards. Wagema completed his hat-trick by scoring the fifth goal by calmly slotting the ball into the net after collecting a lovely through pass. Kevin Ouma 'Yaya' came from the bench to score the sixth goal from a free-kick, and Brian Osinde made it 7-0 after coming off the bench, thus taking the tie way beyond their visitors' reach.
Speaking after the match, coach Jimmy expressed his joy at the manner which his players took firm control of the match, and applauded the team's finishing powers. "I am very proud of them today.... They are really improving in every department and at a very high rate. Our finishing today was incredible. To point out a few, I think Dante (Daniel Mwangi), and Rocky (James Kariuki) were amazing. They made the midfield area theirs. Rocky in particular had a top class performance today."
AllStars now top the league table with 6 points from 2 matches, thanks to their superior goal difference.
AllStars Line Up:
T.Siwa, W.Odunga, K.Sikhai, S.Akiya
A.Ng'ang'a, B.Mandela, T.Achesa
S.Kamidi, P.Kihungi, D.Sikhai, P.Ng'ang'a, E.Mwaniki, Kuks, D.Kamau
0-1 - Sebastian Muchera - 38th min
- Erastus Mwaniki for Sebastian Muchera
- Peter Ng'ang'a for Erastus Mwaniki
- Dennis Sikhai for Anthony Ng'ang'a
The Top Fry AllStars bounced back to winning ways by securing a 1-0 win over Timsales FC, in a Division One - Zone B group 1 league match, that was staged at the Afraha Stadium.
The 2pm match kicked off to a dull start, as both teams played each other cautiously, as they looked to settle down. The midfield area in particular was a no-mans-land, with both teams squaring each other out for dominance of that area. The game started being much exciting as the game approached the end of the first ten minutes, with the first chance of the match falling to Sebastian Muchera, who saw his 35-yards shot from a free kick parred out by the goalie. Anthony Ng'ang'a 'Ng'aso' then blasted a shot way wide off the target, after he was played through by Muchera. Brian Mandela also missed a good goal scoring opportunity when he rushed his effort and hit a poor left-footed shot wide off the Timsales goal.
Muchera almost gave the hosts the lead in the 24th minute, but his header from an Anthony Ng’ang’a corner was too weak, and the Timsales keeper made a comfortable save.
Looking very dangerous on the flanks, Titus Achesa almost opened the score sheet with a powerful right-footed shot. The player danced his way into the Timsales box by dribbling the ball past two Timsales defenders, and the goalkeeper punched his shot, before producing another save after Achesa made another attempt at goal from the rebound.
The visitors rarely made any attempts at the AllStars goal, except a 33rd minute bicycle kick from their skipper Hezron Kauci, which went slightly over the bar. Timsales' lack off attacking play allowed the AllStars fullbacks the spaces and opportunities to overlap. Stanlaus Akiya in particular did a lot of overlapping on the left wing, and got himself involved in a number of AllStars' attacks. Ng'aso had another opportunity at goal when he was found by Akiya's cross, but he hit the ball almost back at his deliverer when he attempted to hit the ball on the volley.
Akiya's efforts would soon be awarded, when he got involved in the build up to Muchera's 38th minute goal. The fullback delivered a dangerous cross into the Timsales box finding Mandela, who headed it down to Muchera, and the latter calmly controlled the ball, and lobbed it over the advancing goalie from the six yard box - to make it 1-0 for the AllStars.
Only three minutes after his goal, Muchera limped off the pitch injured and was replaced by Erastus Bobby Mwaniki.
AllStars began the second half by knocking the ball around their opponents, as they looked for spaces to play through the ball to their forwards. On the other hand, Timsales did pressure the ball a lot, and denied their opponents the space to play. Mandela hit a shot from the edge of the area as AllStars looked to add to the one-goal tally.
Timsales looked the more hungrier side in the final quarter of the game, with a series of attacks - mostly coming from counters, with AllStars keeper Evans 'Jadu' Omondi saving most of them. Akiya could have also gone ito the score sheet when he fired a shot from the edge of the eighteen yard area.
Bobby - who looked dull since his introduction - was shortly after substituted for Peter Ng'ang'a, and Ng'aso also made way for Dennis Sikhai as the match was heading into stoppage time.
AllStars are now placed second in the league with 13 ponts from 6 matches, just one point off the leaders.
The AllStars senior team will be playing their first match under their new brand ‘Top Fry AllStars’, in a Division One – Zone B group 1 league match against Timsales FC, a match that will also be televised live on DSTV’s SuperSport 9 East channel.
The last time these two teams met, it was the AllStars who emerged the convincing winners, after they beat their visitors by two goals to nothing. Kuks Andati opened the score sheet in the 54th minute of that match with a powerful shot from the edge of the 18-yard area, and on the 76th minute, Muchera doubled his team’s lead with a wonderful bicycle kick.
Lying fourth on the league table, the AllStars have collected 10 points from 5 matches, just two points shy off their next opponents, who lie next to them on the 12-team log, with 8 points from 5 matches. Both teams look to be at par as far as their might in front of the opponents goal is concerned, as they both have netted six times so far in the season, although the AllStars have a slight goal difference of just one goal over Timsales.
The AllStars have won both of the two matches they have played at home and they will be hoping to keep that momentum going when they host Timsales tomorrow afternoon. Timsales have lost only one match out of the three they have played away from home, and that was their league opener, where they lost by a single goal to Zoo Kericho. The other two have been 1-1 draws away to MumCop FC, and Kolongolo FC respectively.
Both of these teams come off the backdrop of 1-1 draws they both earned away at Kolongolo FC, and ADC Swan Orchards, and that fact might be a strong urge for these sides to make this a match that is already promising to be full off end-to-end action.
Brian Mandela and Kuks Andati are up for selection for this tie, as they make their come-backs from suspension and an ankle injury respectively.
The match will be played at the Afraha Stadium, and will kick off at exactly 2pm.
The Nakuru AllStars has today secured a six million sponsorship deal with Menengai Oil Refineries Limited, through their Top Fry franchise, a deal that will run for three consecutive years.
The six million Kenya shillings dummy cheque was presented to the AllStars CEO Robert Muthomi, who was also accompanied by head coach Peter Okidi, together with team captains Evans Omondi, and Anthony Ng'ang'a, during a ceremony held at the Oyster Shell resort in the Nakuru Milimani area, where the two partners involved announced their partnership.
Speaking during the launch, the CEO said that they were very pleased to have agreed on a sponsorship deal with Menengai. "We are very pleased to be partnering with a very big name in the cooperate world." said the CEO. He went on to reiterate that Menengai Oil's involvement in other sponsorship deals with other sports outfits both in the town and around the country as one of the main reasons as to why the AllStars wanted to get into a deal with the company. "We are happy to have joined the family of sport clubs under the umbrella of the Top Fry brand."
The six million shillings is to be sub-divided into three years of two million shillings per year, with other incentives coming in the form of kits, training and playing facilities, and win bonuses, although a figure has not been agreed on that, and that decision will entirely be the sponsor's. The deal will also see the Nakuru AllStars change its name to the 'Top Fry AllStars', with the naming rights being part of the deal.
Speaking on behalf of the Menengai Oil Refineries Limited, Onkar Singh Rai, the company's managing director, said he was "...very proud to be associated with the AllStars, the oldest team in Kenya, ...now under the new flagship the Top Fry AllStars." Mr. Onkar said that one of the main reasons as to why he agreed to work with the AllStars is the charity work and the development of the youth the AllStars club has so far been involving itself with. "I find that very inspiring for such a small club...to try and take a hundred and seventy boys and have them play football, than sitting in the streets."
Coach Okidi and the team's assistant captain Anthony Ng'ang'a, stated their joy at the deal. They fully thanked the Menengai Oil company and especially their management for agreeing to partner with the AllStars. They termed the deal as one that couldn't have come at a better time. They both pledged that they will not let down their sponsor and all their loyal fans.
The CEO looks forward to having Menengai Oil on board, in the quest to secure Premier league promotion, as Mr. Onkar stated that as one of the partnership's major goals. "We are looking forward to having a great season under this sponsorship, and we are looking forward to make our sponsors, our fans, and the Nakuru community proud of our achievements this season."