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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sony optimistic

Peter Nzuki (L) of Nakumatt FC challenges  John Kago of Ulinzi Stars FC during their Sportpesa premier league match at Ruaraka grounds on July 15, 2017 
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Peter Nzuki (L) of Nakumatt FC challenges John Kago of Ulinzi Stars FC during their Sportpesa premier league match at Ruaraka grounds on July 15, 2017 /COURTESY
Sony Sugar coach Salim Babu has hailed his team’s new found resilience despite failing to beat ten-man Mathare United and collecting a point from their goal-less draw on Saturday.
Babu’s charges have found themselves constantly with the threat of being dragged into the drop zone but more often than not, they have managed to weather the storm and are also safely through to the last 16 of the GOtv Shield.
“We have all united in adversity. We know if we stick together, we can achieve a lot and that is what we have been drumming into the players all season and the fruits are there to be seen. There is still a long way to go in the season and our objectives are still within reach,” said the former international.
Despite the point, Mathare improved their tally to a measly 12 points in 16 games but remain bottom of the standings after Western Stima stunned Tusker on Friday to move out of the automatic relegation slots for the first time since the third week of the campaign. Thika United with 13 points now find themselves occupying that dreaded zone after their barren stalemate against championship hopefuls Sofapaka.
Ulinzi Stars are now top of the table as Omar Mbongi’s last minute headers helped them defeat Nakumatt 2-1. Samuel Onyango put the Kenya Defence Forces side in front two minutes after the interval, shooting home a rebound from blocked effort by Nakumatt goalkeeper Sammy Okinda.
Nakumatt, however, responded ten minutes later through forward Joshua Oyoo, who drilled home a nice shot past Ulinzi custodian Jackton Odhiambo to level matters.
Three minutes to the end of regular time, left back, Mbongi gifted the soldiers the winning goal with a fortuitous header that bounced awkwardly on the goal line past the failing hands of Okinda.
Kariobangi Sharks missed the opportunity to close the gap further on the teams’ above them in a frustrating goal-less draw against Kakamega Homeboyz
AFC Leopards began life under new coach Robert Matano with last ditch 1-0 victory away at Bandari. Struggling Ingwe ended an eight-match win-less record with young winger Marcelus Ingotse, who scored the only goal of the match in stoppage time, taking advantage of Wilson Obungu’s poor positioning to score.

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