Ulinzi Stars lost further ground on top of the table Gor Mahia as they suffered a 1-0 defeat against visiting Nakumatt FC in a strange 11am kickoff Kenyan Premier League match at the Afraha Stadium, Sunday.
Kevin Thairu burried the game’s only goal in the 88th minute to give Nakumatt victory and further dent the Soldiers’ title quest.
The goal came against the run of play but Ulinzi had themselves to blame as they wasted countless chances in the second half. The league’s leading goal-getter Stephen Waruru failed to convert from close range, Cliff Kasuti missed an open net while Enosh Ochieng directed his effort wide as a flurry of chances went to waste.
The Soldiers won the first leg meeting 2-1 just 16 days ago and had all the chances in the world to replicate that result or even win by a bigger margin. That they failed to get a goal in a match they bossed was as strange as the time this rescheduled game kicked off.
Benjamin Nyangweso’s side have now lost their last 3 league matches and their form of just one victory in their last 6 shows why they are fast losing touch with top spot, a position they held just three games ago.
They next welcome leaders Gor Mahia in two weeks time where anything less than a rare victory will see their hopes of a fifth title and first since 2010 over.
For Nakumatt, this victory brought to an end a run of three successive loses which was started by defeat against Ulinzi before Gor Mahia completed a quick double with 2-0 and 1-0 wins.
They move up two spots to 9th ahead of Nzoia United and Chemelil Sugar who both have a game in hand.