Karibu AllStars coach, coach Wekesa, has hailed in praise the current run of form of three of his players, who have been at the epicenter of his team's triumphs in the district league.
The trio of Robert Arot, Kefa Wagara, and David Kariuki have so far netted eight goals between them in the Nakuru Distrit league so far, with Arot being the team's top scorer with five goals. Apart from the goals, David Kariuki and Kefa Wagara have a total of eleven assists between them, with Kefa commanding a total of eight assists. By also having two goals to his name, the Kefa is proving to be one of the best players in the league so far in the season.
"They are very focused lads. They are always at their best whenever they go in the pitch, and in the end, they are always in contention for man of the match. These three have so far been the most impressive in my team, but not also forgetting Robert Musomi, and Kevin Otieno who have also been on top form." the coach said
Kevin Otieno is the team's second top-scorer with four goals, just a goal less than Arot, who added the fifth goal to his tally just last weekend, when the team played away to Super Rangers FC in Mwariki's Sewage area. Arot scored the lone goal of that match in the 75th minute thanks to David Kariuki's assist.
"The whole team did well on Sunday (16th June). Although we lacked much depth in the final third of our play, a win is a win, and I am thankful that we managed to carry all three points away from home." the coach added
Regardless of acknowledging the three as his top performers, the coach reiterated that the successes that the team currently enjoys is that of a unit, rather that on individuals. "...yes there are those who are currently on very good form, but that does not mean that the others are not of equal significance to the team, Our current run of form in the league is the end result of a unit of players who work together to achieve a common goal, and thats what so special about this crop of talent."
Karibu AllStars has so far managed to collect a total of 16 points from 6 matches, with five wins and a draw. The team's next match will be on Sunday 23rd June, where they will welcome Athinai FC to the Nakuru Athletic Club grounds.
AllStars Line up:
D.Sikhai, W.Odunga, K.Sikhai, L.Otieno
T.Siwa, S.Muchera, A.Fadhil
S.Kamidi, P.Kihungi, E.Mwaniki, G.Maina, J.Mwangi, Kuks, D.Kamau
0-1 - Teddy Siwa - 29th min
22nd min - Daniel Kamau for Adam Fadhil
63rd min - Geoffrey Maina for Brian Mandela
76th min - Erastus Mwaniki for Sebastian Muchera
The Top Fry AllStars senior team managed to bag themselves three points from a slender 1-0 victory, over Kisero FC, in a Division One – Zone B group 1 league match, which was played on Sunday (16th June 2013) at the Ober Boys’ Boarding School in Oyugis.
AllStars’ goal scorer, Teddy Siwa, had ironically not traveled with the team from Nakuru, because of a slight miscommunication during the team brief after Friday's session. Siwa was forced to travel by public means, and linked up with the team on Saturday evening in Kisii.
The match had been earlier scheduled to kick off at 11am, but that did not happen as there was a mix-up pertaining to the match venue, that the visiting team and the match officials thought was going to be the Gusiii Stadium in Kisii town, only for them to realize that they had to travel all the way to Oyugis where the match was to be staged. The visitors did get an early notice to that, but the match officials had not been informed, thus the reason for their lengthy arrival delay.
The match did finally kick off at quarter to three pm, with both sides looking focused and up to the task. The first real chance fell to the hosts, where their forward hit a shot just over the bar. AllStars responded to this with a chance of their own when Sebastian Muchera hit a shot straight at the wall from a free kick, and Anthony Ng’ang’a saw his shot fly way wide off the target from a volley.
In the 22nd minute, Adam Fadhil was replaced by Daniel Kamau, as the coach seemed to have tried to switch his tactics by bringing on the big center forward, to try and get a breakthrough from the solid looking Kisero defense. This change of tactic immediately started to work in favor of the visitors, who now were constantly attacking their opponents.
AllStars did get the goal they were looking for in the 29th minute, when Teddy Siwa broke the deadlock with a sublime finish. The player finished a lovely move that had started with a one-two between Mandela and Ng’aso (Anthony Ng’ang’a), and the latter brushed the ball to Siwa, who calmly controlled the ball, and with a lot of composure, he put the ball beyond the keeper's reach. Daniel Kamau wasted a glorious opportunity to double their lead when he was played through, but he instead decided to single handedly take-on the defenders, only for him to dribble the ball outside the pitch, with Mandela having been on a very good goal-scoring position.
With Peter Ng’ang’a looking to have taken control of the midfield area, Kisero were forced to play either long or catch their opponents on the break. It was really a hard task for the team from Oyugis to try and break open the best defense in the league so far, for having conceded just twice in nine matches.
With not so many open chances within a slow-tempo first half, the second half began almost similar to the first, but this time round the first chance fell on the visitors, who threatened the Kisero area from a corner kick.
Kisero did not just sit back and watch as their counterparts evaded them, but they instead also went forward in search of an equalizing goal. Evans Omondi ‘Jadu’ was forced to make a diving save from a shot that was heading towards the intended target, after a Kisero midfielder had found space at the edge of the eighteen yard area.
Geoffrey ‘Maish’ Maina was brought on the field of play in the 63rd minute, after Mandela was carried off the pitch after having picked up a bad back injury, and 13 minutes later Erastus Mwaniki came on for a tired looking Sebastian Muchera.
In the 71st minute, there were very strong appeals for a goal from the AllStars bench when the Kisero goalie looked to have carried the ball with him into the net after punching Maish’s shot.
Kisero then launched a serious raid on their opponent's area in the last quarter of an hour, but never found a way through the AllStars back-four. They almost made it 1-1 when one of their shots went just slightly off the crossbar. Another shot was comfortably saved by the AllStars goalie.
The referee finally blew the last whistle after playing the match into an extra twelve minutes.
With the result, AllStars remain second on the league table with 23 points from 10 matches.
The AllStars senior team will be hitting the road early today, as they head to Kisii, where they are scheduled to face off with Kisero FC, for a Division One - Zone B group one fixture; a match the in-form AllStars striker Daniel Kamau insists will be one to go for the maximum points.
"We will definitely be going to Kisii to earn a victory and bring the three points back home..." the forward said.
Having been promoted into the Division One league this season, Kisero have not really had a debut season they would have hoped for, as they currently lie second-last on the 12-team log, with only 5 points from ten matches, and have scored 9 goals. They have won only one match, drawn two, and lost the other seven matches - with two being at home, and five on the road. On top of that, Kisero is currently the team with the worst defensive record in the league so far, as they have conceded a total of 19 goals, leaving them with a goal difference of -10.
While the team from Kisii have been recording bad results, AllStars have been climbing up the league table, and they currently sit just one point off the league pace setters. AllStars currently have a total of 20 points from 9 matches, and have netted ten times. The team currently boasts of both the best defensive and offensive records, as they have conceded only two goals - with one coming from a spot kick, and are still the team with the best overall goals record, with a goal difference of 8.
AllStars will be coming off the backdrop of a 2-0 victory they deservedly earned over Nzoia Sugar FC, in a match that the AllStars produced a world class performance in the second half, to pin down a very strong seeded Nzoia side. Both of the AllStars goals came in that second half; first from Dennis Sikhai, who beat the Nzoia keeper with a well taken free kick, then from Brain Mandela, who tapped-in a rebound from the six-yard area. Kisero on the other hand will be carrying into this match three consecutive defeats that they have recently suffered against MumCop FC, Zoo Kericho, and GFC 105 respectively.
AllStars' away record of 7 points out of a possible 12 will again be put to the test against a team who's only win in the league has come at their home. All two of the goals that the AllStars have conceded so far in the season have also both come from away matches.
Having played the whole 90 minutes of the Nzoia match, and been one of the in-form AllStars forwards, Daniel Kamau (Mau KRA), will certainly be hoping to get the chance to be among the game-starters.
"I hope the coach will name me amongst the first eleven. I have been doing well of late, I can feel it myself, but despite all of the praises I have been getting regarding my current form, the most important thing for me is being on the scorers sheet. I have only one goal so I hope to better that tomorrow, once given the opportunity against Kisero". the forward added.
Titus Achesa and Stanlaus Akiya are both set to sit out their second successive matches, as they are still out injured, though the good news is that Kuks Andati will be available for selection after having recovered from a flu.
The match is set to be played at the Gusii Stadium, and has a 11am kick off time set to it.
Karibu AllStars coach, coach Wekesa, has reiterated the importance of at least achieving a point than none, especially given the might of the challenge. The coach was saying this in regards to a goalless draw his team were held to by Society FC of Mwariki, in a Nakuru District League match that was played last Saturday (8th June), at the Nakuru Athletic Club grounds.
"We did play well, I feel like we did deserve more than just a point given the fact that we have been on a winning run, and this match was played at home where we are very strong at. But if we were to deserve more than a draw, then Society did also deserve more than just one point for putting up a very strong performance against us." the coach said.
The coach went on to add why he thinks Society gave his team a run for the money. "They (Society FC) never sat back for a single moment in the game, even when we were playing at their deep end. The did come at us and caused threats whenever they came forward. They are a good team and they are the strongest we have come up against so far in the season. This means that we have to train harder for us to achieve the league dominance we desire."
Being a very tightly contested league affair, the AllStars coach picked his goalkeeper, George Ochieng, as the man of the match, for pulling very spectacular saves to deny the visitors a goal. Another player who impressed the coach was Benson Mwaura, a central defender, for being very solid at the back, and for his commanding unveiling at every dangerous moments in the AllStars' danger zones.
"George and Benson did a good job to ensure that we never conceded. They are always improving and that is why they were the clear outstanding players in my team. I hope they will carry on being better after every match." said the coach.
AllStars Line Up:
D.Sikhai, W.Odunga, K.Sikhai, L.Otieno
T.Siwa, S.Muchera, K.Owino
S.Kamidi, P.Kihungi, P.Ng'ang'a, E.Mwaniki, G.Maina, A.Fadhil, B.Mandela
1-0 - Dennis Sikhai - 53rd min
2-0 - Brian Mandela - 73rd min
47th min - Brian Mandela for Kennedy Owino
69th min - Peter Ng'ang'a for Anthony Ng'ang'a
89th min - Erastus Mwaniki for Michael Kamau
The Top Fry AllStars senior team produced a top-class second half performance to break their recent 1-0's victory jinx by securing a 2-0 victory over Nzoia Sugar FC, in a just concluded Division One - Zone B group 1 league match, that took place at the Nakuru Athletic Club ground.
Dennis Sikhai opened the score with a brilliantly taken free kick that went all the way into the net, and Brian Mandela made it 2-0 with a simple tap-in, after the Nzoia goalie had spilled Muchera's long range free kick.
Nzoia gave their hosts a hard time to settle in the opening minutes of the match, as they were constantly pressing their opponents with a series of attacks, but the composed back-four of the AllStars were always well prepared and never panicked.
The first real chance of the match came in the 8th minute when a Nzoia forward hit a long shot wide off the target. The same player then went close with another shot from the edge of the AllStars' eighteen yard area. AllStars' first chance fell on Kennedy Owino, who dribbled his way into the Nzoia box past two defenders, but the goalie was very quick to react as he grabbed the ball before the forward could take a shot. There were very strong penalty appeals from the AllStars players in the 16th minute, as Teddy Siwa's shot seemed to have been handled by a Nzoia defender, but the referee waved play on.
Daniel Kamau should have given his side an 18th minute lead when he controlled the ball well with his chest from a Anthony Ng'ang'a cross, then turned and hit the ball straight at the goalie. Nzoia almost gifted the AllStars an own goal after their defender miscued his clearing header, and his goalie had to show his quick reflex with a tap-over-the-bar save. Sebastian Muchera tested the Nzoia goalie with a long range strike from a 25-yard free kick that was punched over the bar.
Nzoia almost scored just before the half time break when their danger man Valen Semi Mahero was played through at goal, but Dennis Sikhai recovered in time to make a very brilliant defensive tactic, by denying the player room for a shot.
Muchera opened the second half with a 46th minute long rage shot from a free kick, which the goalie punched over the bar. Brian Mandela was then introduced in place of Kennedy Owino in the 46th minute. Two minutes later, Valen replied to Muchera's chance with a shot that was well saved by 'Jadu', the AllStars goalie.
Following a very patient and good game of passing football from the AllStars, Lambert Otieno was fouled by a Nzoia defender, and Dennis Sikhai made no mistake with the resulting free kick to make it 1-0. Credit has also got to be given to Muchera, who went for a header from the free kick, and the goalie did fall for the dummy, with the ball hitting the post on its way in.
With the AllStars players realising the Nzoia goalie's weakness for long shots, Michael Kamau did try his luck with a long shot from a 30-yard free kick, which the goalie punched out. Nzoia also had their chance off a similar free kick in the 62nd minute, but theirs went wide of Jadu's goal. Muchera almost made it 2-0 when he headed the ball off target from a Lambert cross in the 64th minute, and then he hit a shot wide off the post a minute later.
Looking very sharp since his introduction, Brian Mandela made it 2-0 when he tapped in from close range, after the Nzoia goalie spilled Muchera's free kick strike. The player almost scored his second just two minutes later when he headed wide Siwa's corner kick.
After the second goal, Nzoia were forced to come off their back-line to at least try and get a decent result from this match. With the AllStars defence very solid, the visitors were reduced to long shots, which either went wide or ended into the safe pair of gloves of the AllStars custodian. They hit three shots in consecutive in a period of five minutes, with one of the shots going slightly wide off the target. Dennis Sikhai and Sebastian Muchera were also on target as the match drew towards stoppage time.
Nzoia were reduced to ten men in the 83rd minute when their defender received a straight red for elbowing, though that never changed the outcome of the match as the two goals had already made enough damage.
AllStars are now second in the league table with 20 points from 9 matches, just one point off leaders West Kenya Sugar.
The Top Fry AllStars senior team will tomorrow (Saturday 8th June) be facing off with Nzoia FC, for a Division One - Zone B group 1 league match, that will be staged at the Nakuru Athletic Club grounds, and is set to kick off at 11am.
AllStars midfield maestro Michael Kamau was the day's hero in mid September last year when these two sides last met, after he scored the only goal of that match to give his team a very important victory, as they were still very firm in contention for premier league promotion.
Sitting third on the league table this season, Nzoia have so far proved to be a top contender for premier league promotion, after having collected a total of 17 points from 8 matches - the same number as their next opponents, the AllStars, who lie next to them on the table with an inferior goal difference of just one goal.
While Nzoia have found the net 11 times prior to the AllStars' 8, AllStars have been struggling in front of goal. Four out of five of the AllStars' wins have all ended in a slender 1-0 victory - though at the same time, they have been very solid at the back, and have conceded only 2 goals, with both goals coming from away matches - and one of those goals having being the result of a spot kick they conceded away to ADC Swan Orchards.
Nzoia have played two away matches so far in the season - winning one and losing the other. That loss came a fortnight ago during Nzoia's last league match prior to tomorrow's encounter, where they suffered a 2-1 loss in the hands of the current league leaders West Kenya Sugar. AllStars last match ended in a 1-0 league victory they earned against a resilient MumCop FC.
Tomorrows match bills to be a very stiff competition for both sides, as they both look to have something to boast about and something to protect, but much more, they are both going out for the three points this match offers.
Looking very good at home, AllStars have an unbeaten record to protect. The team has managed to win four of the five home matches they have so far played, and have draw the other one. On the other hand, Nzoia has probably one of the top hit-men in the league in Valen Semi Mahero, who is the joint second top scorer this season with three goals, and was one of the league's top scorers when the curtains closed on last season's competition.
AllStars head coach, coach Peter Okidi has a fully fit squad up for selection, with the exception of Titus Achesa and Stanlaus Akiya. Achesa had made a very remarkable recovery to a knee injury he suffered during AllStars' derby match against Comply FC, but he had a re-occurrence of the problem during one of this week's training sessions. Left back Stanlaus Akiya has been out for two weeks now with an abdominal pain, that definitely rules him out of this match.
"The team is very prepared. It is a tough challenge given the might of Nzoia, but I am very sure that we are up for it. We have had a pretty good week in training, and everybody looks sharp and focused." the coach said.
Coach Jimmy's Top Fry AllStars B team on Sunday (2nd May 2013) held Bigot FC of Naivasha to a 1-1 draw, in a Rift Valley provincial league - Zone A group B match, that was played at the Naivasha prisons grounds.
The hosts took a 30th minute lead in the fiercely contested match, but league leaders AllStars found their way back into the tie with a 65th minute goal from their captain Daniel Mwangi 'Dante', off an assist from Benson Wagema.
Even though the visitors had so many complains about the officiating of that tie, they did leave the ground with their heads held up high, with their coach stating that a draw was the least his team deserved. "We were very confident, we played well and a loss would have been very unfair to us. We will take the one point knowing that it was a difficult match given the manner the match was poorly officiated." the coach said.
Coach Jimmy's side will also see the return to action of Joshua Awuor as a positive note to take from that match, as the central defender played the full ninety minutes of that match. The team now lies second on the league table with 10 points from 4 matches, two points off leaders Ulinzi Warriors.
On the same day, Somo AllStars played host to Greensteds FC, in a Nakuru District League - Pool A match, that was played at the Nakuru Athletic club ground. After taking a 2-0 lead to the half time break through goals from John Ruhya and Derrick Mwangi, Greensteds pulled a second half comeback where they scored two in succession to make the score 2-2, but their lack of concentration caused them the match, after Makenzie Dennis punished them with a 86th minute goal. The AllStars forward collected the ball after the goalie hit it straight at him, them beat two defenders before slotting home the winner.
The AllStars senior team injured forward pair of Titus Achesa and Brian Mandela have recovered their way back to the team's training sessions, after being absent due to injury.
Achesa was assisted off the pitch by the club's physios during the team's barren draw derby encounter against Comply FC, following a nasty challenge on the left-footed danger man, which left him with a swollen right knee.
After been out for two weeks as a result of that injury, the player is finally back to training, although with the assist of a knee strap. "It (the knee) looks much better now, and I don't feel a lot of pain." The player said. The player is currently doing only light training as a precaution from the physio, and he is on good progress so far.
Brian Mandela also started training today, after being out for about one week with an ankle injury. The player had injured his ankle during training.
Speaking after the team's morning session, Mandela said that getting back to full fitness is his immediate priority, as the team is preparing for its last three remaining first leg matches.
Karibu AllStars coach, coach Wekesa, has hailed his team’s impressive progress in the district league – pool B, following their weekend victories over London United and Mache FC respectively.
On Saturday, Karibu AllStars played away to London United, in a match that produced a total of ten goals. Kevin Otieno (Obounya) gave the visitors the lead in the 13th minute, before the home side equalized and then took the lead with a second. Kefa Wagara then scored twice in the space of nine minutes to resettle their early lead, with goals in the 22nd and 31st minute, to take the tie to a 2-3 score into the half time break.
In the second half, two goals from Robert Arot, and one a piece from Julius Waweru and David Kariuki, proved to have decided the tie, regardless of the hosts having scored one more goal for the match to end 3-7 in favour of the AllStars.
On Sunday, AllStars played hosts to Mache FC, in an eight-goal thriller that was played at the Nakuru Athletic club grounds.Moses Ekai gave the home team the lead in the 15th minute, before Kevin Otieno scored the second in the 29th minute. The visitors found their way back into the match with two goals of their own, but Otieno got his brace in the 74th minute to restore AllStars one goal advantage. Mache pulled another equalizer to make it 3-3, just before AllStars suffered a major blow when their defender Moses Mudavadi collided with an opponent before going down unconscious. He was quickly rushed to the hospital, where he received enough medical attention, and later discharged.
With everybody both on and off the pitch looking very shocked, the referee continued the match after making consultations with both coaches. The remaining time gave Robert Arot to showcase his brilliance, as he grabbed himself a brace that firmly sealled a 5-3 victory for the AllStars.
A very jubilated coach Wekesa stated that it was an honour for him to coach the Karibu team that comprises of very talented and hard working players. “It was a good day in the sense that it sealed us the second victory of the weekend, as well as our fourth straight win since the start of the league. It was also a bad day for us because of what happened to Moses, although the boy is now okay, thanks to the good job of the Nakuru RFC paramedics, and also the doctors at Evans hospital.”
The coach concluded by saying, “These boys know what they want, and they definitely want to achieve that at all costs. That's what so special about this team. Their progress so far is very excellent. I am very confident that they are going to reach great heights.”
AllStars Line up:
T.Siwa, W.Odunga, K.Sikhai, L.Oyuga
G.Maina, M.Kamau, A.Ng'ang'a
K.Owino, D.Kamau, S.Muchera
S.Kamidi, P.Kihungi, D.Sikhai, P.Ng'ang'a, E.Mwaniki, A.Fadhil, B.Mandela
1-0 - Sebastian Muchera - 66th min
- Brian Mandela for Geoffrey Maina
- Peter Ng'ang'a for Kennedy Owino
Sebastian Muchera's 66th minute headed goal proved enough for his team to shutter MumCop FC's unbeaten league record, following a very spirited AllStars performance in a just concluded Division One - Zone B group 1 league match that was played at the Nakuru Athletic Club grounds.
The home team looked the much brighter team from the start of the 1pm kick off match, and they had their first chance at the opponent's goal almost immediately kick off, when Geoffrey Maina hit the side netting with his shot, after the midfielder had beaten his man with a side-step. MumCop replied this with two efforts of their own; first with a shot that hit the woodwork, and then another shot that went slightly wide off the target.
The visitors were at it once again in the 5th minute when their forward hit a long range shot that was comfortably saved by Jadu (Evans Omondi), the AllStars keeper. Five minutes later, an unmarked Teddy Siwa headed wide after he was well found by Kennedy 'Daddy' Owino, who had sent in a dangerous cross from the right wing. A minute later on the other end, a MumCop forward's shot was well blocked by Sikhai Kizito, prompting another AllStars attack that ended with Geoffrey Maina hitting another shot from the edge of the eighteen yard area, that went inches wide off the goal.
With Michael Kamau completely in full command of the midfield area, MumCop were forced to either play long balls, or try and hit the host on the break. They did catch AllStars on the break in the 28th minute, but their forward impatiently hit a 25yard shot that went way wide off the target. MumCop almost took the lead from a headed effort but the ball luckily blocked off Odunga's head.
In the 34th minute, MumCop had a chance to take the lead from a free kick after Kizito pushed an opponent. The resulting kick saw Jadu punch the ball back into play, before it was firmly cleared by Lambert Oyuga. Both teams had one half-chances each as the match was heading towards half time.
The second half saw the visiting team sit very deep into their own half for most of the period. AllStars were very much settled, and unlike the first half, they came back with a very patient approach. Being a very good forward who can use his physic to control long balls and brilliantly take on defenders, Daniel Kamau was widely used for that, thus really giving the MumCop defenders a very difficult time marking him. Brian Mandela was introduced for Geoffrey Maina as AllStars looked to add more firepower to their attacking end.
With no real chances created by both teams for almost twenty minutes, Muchera rose highest to head the ball into the net, after connecting well with a left-footed cross from Siwa. With AllStars convincingly leading, MumCop went much forward now in search of an equalizing goal. Daniel Kamau had two chances as the match entered the last quarter of an hour. First, he rushed forward to meet with Daddy's cross, then tried to lob the ball over the advancing goalie before they collided. His second effort was well saved by the goalie, after he beat his man before hitting a left footed shot. Peter Ng'ang'a was then introduced as a technical substitute in place of Daddy, so as to close down the midfield area.
Brian Mandela should have made it 2-0, but his effort luckily blocked off a defender as the ball was heading into the net. AllStars almost suffered an injury scare after Michael Kamau was assisted off the pitch, following a bad challenge on him, but the midfielder recovered quickly enough to go back into the pitch. MumCop had a series of last-ditch attacks, but none of those efforts were not enough to threat an AllStars defense that has not conceded any goal at home.
The win temporarily pushes AllStars up the table to second place with 17 points, as they await results from other matches.