Matchday 28 was marked by a goalless draw in a cagey affair held at Thika Municipal Stadium earlier this evening.
William Muluya made only one change in the starting team with Bonface Onyango starting ahead of Julius Masaba who was out serving a suspension having chalked his fifth yellow card of the season against Posta Rangers last weekend.
Tempers flared within the first few minutes of the game when The league’s finest finisher Felix Oluoch was recklessly hacked by Joshua Onyango in the 24th minute forcing him out of play immaturely. He was stretchered off and replaced by Steve Otieno.
Goalmouth melee begun soon after when Geoffrey Onyango drove a low cross inside the box which was met by a flying Erick Mata whose effort ended up finding the back of the net .However the goal was ruled offside.
Around the half hour mark, Sharks came close to scoring when Frederick Alushula’s diagonal ball from the right was dummied by Fortune Omoto and was played into Steve Otieno who made a run to the edge of the box. The winger found himself in a good position, but failed to get his shot off in time.
The first caution of the game came in the 65th minute, Douglas Mokaya being the culprit in question for a foul challenge.
It was after 70 minutes that the first tactical change was made with Douglas Mokaya and Geofrey Onyango benched for Isaac Wasambo and Ken Kyalo. John Omondi was also introduced 12 minutes later to replace Fortune Omoto.
The final stages of the game were a show of how resilient Kariobangi Sharks was in defense. Irrespective of all the probing and stretching,the players dealt with all threats that were put up by the Gor Mahia side.
The draw means Sharks will sit sixth, 6 points adrift league leaders Kakamega Homeboyz ahead of the next fixture against Vihiga Bullets on 7th May at Kasarani Annex.
The Gaffer’s sentiments
“It’s been a fair share, my goalkeeper, John ‘Toldo’ Otieno gave a good account of himself but getting my top player, Felix Oluoch injured is something that we hope it won’t steer him away from the remaining matches.
We didn’t make use of the set pieces which were the few chances that we had so it’s upon us to and work on how we can score again.
I think it will go down to the wire but the best thing is to work game by game to try and win the 6 matches at hand.
The secret to having scorers in the team is majorly team work this being exhibited by Felix and Mata who have 20 goals and 11 assists between them. The team revolves around a playing unit that supports each other and hence why we have had three top scorers in the last six seasons”