Homeboyz 1-0 Ulinzi Stars: Soldiers suffer first defeat of the season

The soldiers returned to Nakuru empty handed after losing by a solitary goal to the Dockers in a league match on Sunday

Ten-man Kakamega Homeboyz registered their first ever win against wasteful Ulinzi Stars in a Kenyan Premier League match on Wednesday.

Ulinzi Stars came into the match as favourites considering their recent exploits in the top tier. The hosts knew way too well they had to win this match to move to a good position on the table.

The intents were made clear as early as in the 5th minute when the returning Wycliffe Ochomo did well to bang home a Meshack Karani's cross and give the home side a deserved lead. It was a wake up call for the soldiers, who have never conceded more than one goal against the Western-based side but things never looked good as the opponents stood firm and continued to attack.

The scorer became a villain with a few minutes to the break after receiving his marching orders for allegedly elbowing defender Hassan Mohammed, who was stretchered off for more medical examination. After the break, the soldiers came back trying to get an equalizer, but the home side stood firm as they ensured the ball does not get past the eighteen yard box.

However, in the 75th minute, the Mike Mururi side failed to track a good move by the soldiers and the ball fell kindly to Brian Birgen, who failed to put the ball in the back of the net with the goalkeeper stranded. A few minutes later, it was substitute Oscar Wamalwa, who missed another glorious opportunity to level matters as Ulinzi Stars suffered their first defeat of the season.

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