By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)
Nakumatt FC nicked a narrow 3-2 victory over Posta Rangers in a Kenyan Premier League game of two halves played out at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds, Saturday morning.
Nakumatt had deservedly raced to a 3-0 lead but were on the backfoot once Sammy Omollo’s got going but curling back the huge lead proved narrowly impossible at the end.
A fast off the block Nakumatt netted twice before the interval as Peter Amani headed a whipped cross from Moses ‘Dube’ Odhiambo at the quarter hour mark, before Tom Adwar made it 2-0 just three minutes later.
Nakumatt went 3-0 up just five minutes after the resumption but Gerison Likono and what bordered between an own goal from keeper Philip Odhiambo or a header from Kennedy Onyango made the scoreline friendly to a Posta side who hit the post thrice in a better second half performance.
Nakumatt, always fast starters, were denied the opener 12 minutes in as Kelvin Thairu saw his effort cleared off the line by Jerry Santo. The defender and his keeper however were collecting the ball from the back of the net three minutes later as Amani headed home from Dube’s free-kick.
Left wing supremacy
The hosts were enjoying themselves especially down the left where Clinton Kisiavuki and Joe Wathira were frequenting. Fortune would favor the bold Nakumatt at the 18th minute when Adwar’s attempted cross fooled Sammy Okinda as Nakumatt doubled their lead.
Rangers were struggling to keep the ball, let alone create a chance, but could have pulled one back halfway in but Kennedy ‘Agogo’ Otieno hit the side netting after a Likono lay off.
Agogo and Joe Wathira would have a frustrating day in front of goal. The latter hit the post after a mazing run presented him with an empty post to aim at, Okinda having slipped and fell while trying to backtrack.
The keeper would exit the action after aggravating what looked like a knee injury and was replaced by Gradus Ochieng who kept a clean sheet in his 13 odd first half minutes.
Straight from the interval, Nakumatt almost leaped 3-0 up when Wathira left the Posta defence trailing in his wake, rounded the keeper but blasted over from an angle not so tight.
His blushes would be saved though at the 50th minute as the impressive Avire out-muscled Titus Achesa before sending a low shot that Gradus couldn’t punch to safety.
With the game looking like dead and buried, Posta woke up from their slumber.
Agogo shot wide unmarked outside the penalty area while Likono finally forced Odhiambo to a save, the keeper pushing over a fierce drive at the hour mark.
The incessant pressure on Nakumatt paid dividends at the 64th minute when Likono pulled one back, bundling into an empty net after a sweeping counterattack had Luis Tera finding Agogo whose grass cutter was saved low but the rebound fell to the diminutive man.
Two minutes later, Jerry Santo headed over while Agogo somehow failed to head home a deep pass from Jockins Atudo.
The striker was having a horrendous mid morning as he then missed a tap in from a Likono cross, and then blasted over a teasing cut back from substitute Danson Kago.
The onslaught from Posta continued as Likono’s effort was pushed into the bar by Odhiambo. Achesa also hit the post from a free-kick in the second minute of the five added minutes.
Posta got their second consolation goal right at the death as Kennedy Onyango headed towards Odhiambo who scrambled to keep the ball out but instead helped it in.
The result sees Melis Medo’s outfit, on 35 points, go above Posta who are a point behind but have a game in hand.