SHARKS 3 – POSTA 3: JAMES MAZEMBE’S BRACE NOT ENOUGH TO SECURE MAXIMUM POINTS
Two goals in the last 9 minutes of the game saw Posta Rangers rally from 3-1 down to grab a 3-3 draw at the Kasarani Stadium in a Kenyan Premier League matchday 14 fixture.
Sydney Lokale gave Sharks the lead in the 23rd minute before Francis Nambute equalized in the 42nd minute to send the game tied at the break. James Mazembe struck twice in the 58th and 75th minute to set the sharks on the way to victory but Posta clawed back scoring twice in the last minutes of the games through Bill Opworia (83rd) and Francis Nambute (94th).
The coach made three changes to his starting team bringing in Sydney Lokale for KevinTom Machika and Harrison Mwendwa for Peter Oudu with Duke Abuya coming back to a deeper midfield role alongside Patila Omoto.
It was a positive start as Sydney Lokale scored from a Harrison Mwendwa deft touch inside the box to give the Sharks a 23rd minute lead. Posta would however respond with three minutes left to the break as Francis Nambute struck from a Bill Opworia assist.
The 2nd half saw increased pressure from the Sharks and it was rewarded as James Mazembe struck in the 58th minute from a tight angle on the left side after the keeper wrongly anticipated a cross from the winger. In the 75th minute, he struck again in almost similar fashion but this time aided by a deflection from a defender to widen the margin of the lead.
Nambute turned provider in the 83rd minute slotting home a low cross for Bill Opworia to finish before completing his brace in added time to deny the Sharks a much-needed win.
The result sees the Sharks head to the December break precariously placed it the 15th position. They will be hoping to use the break to good effect and come back reenergized in the second leg of the league.
Starting XI: Brian Bwire (GK), Erick Juma (c), Geoffrey Lemu, Michael Bodo, Tom Teka, Patila Omoto,Duke Abuya, Julius Masaba, Sydney Lokale, Harrison Mwendwa, James Mazembe.
Subs: John Oyemba, Sven Yidah, John Kuol, Peter Oudu, Patrick Ngunyi, Patrick Otieno, Kevintom Machika.
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