Fullback Omar Mbongi powered home a late winner as Ulinzi Stars edged a doggy Nakumatt FC 2-1 in their Kenyan Premier League round of 14 clash at the Ruaraka Grounds, Sunday evening.
The one -ime Harambee Stars call-up headed past Sammy Okinda to give the Soldiers maximum points after their lead had been cancelled by Joshua Oyoo.
There was little to separate the two sides as they went into the breather leveled 0-0 but Benjamin Nyangweso’s side stepped up a gear after the interval.
Having been the more adventurous side, Ulinzi assumed the lead five minutes after the restart as Samuel Onyango nodded home, the forward benefiting from a fumbled aerial ball by Sammy Okinda.
The hosts would benefit from a goalkeeping error themselves as Oyoo bundled home into the back of an empty net after Jacktone Odhiambo failed to hold onto an effort from Kepha Aswani.
Aswani was proving a mouthful for Ulinzi centerback pairing of Mohammed Hassan and Geoffrey Kokoyo and the former AFC Leopards man almost gave his team the lead when he fired home but Odhiambo made a save, albeit uncomfortably.
The winner for the Soldiers almost came courtesy of the league's leading goalscorer Stephen Waruru who struck a sumptous freekick outside the penalty area but Okinda was up to the task, pushing the ball into the midriff of his post and out for a corner.
From the resultant corner, Mbongi powered home unmarked to earn his team the full marks and a top spot in the table.
In other matches, Marcellus Ingotsi struck a late winner as AFC Leopards edged hosts Bandari FC 1-0 at the Mbaraki Stadium.
The victory was Leopards' first in 10 league matches.
Mathare United keeper Levis Opiyo was shown a straight red card for dangerously hacking down Sony Sugar's Yema Mwana while clear on goal as the Slum Boys settled for a barren stalemate against the visiting Millers at the Ruaraka Grounds.
It was a third successive stalemate for Francis Kimanz'is young side who remain bottom of the log with only two wins in 16 outings.
The other two matches on the day pitting Kariobangi Sharks against Kakamega Homeboyz and Thika United against Sofapaka also ended barren.