Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Post Match: Sony Sugar (H)

Leopards lost 2-1 to Sony Sugar FC.

Charles Nyende of the Nation reports:-

Sony Sugar stunned AFC Leopards with a late, late goal to grab all three points in a 2-1 victory at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday. 

Fredrick Onyango nodded home Joshua Oyoo’s corner two minutes after the regulation time had expired to decide the otherwise well balanced affair.
The partisan crowd was left to stare in disbelief as the Sony players celebrated after enduring a torrid time from Leopards in the closing stages of the match.
Former Kenya international Isaiah Omondi had grabbed the lead for Sony early in the first half before the lively Silas Aluvisa equalized for Leopards two minutes from the break.
Both sides wasted several chances but Leopards should thank their acrobatic goalkeeper Barnabas Tiema for keeping them in the game with some stunning saves. 
This was Sony Sugar’s fourth win of the season and their coach Francis Baraza, whose tenure at the club has been shaky, expressed satisfaction saying his work was progressing on track.
For Leopards, a change of coaches has not brought the desired change as they recorded their second loss in three matches. Irate Leopards fans typically began calling for a change of team personnel and technical bench.

Leopards started unconvincingly, allowing the sharper looking sugar men to dictate proceedings.
Sony’s early ascendancy was marked with the opening goal in the ninth minute. Steve Biko fed Omondi, who benefited from poor marking by the Leopards defence but still earned his dues, sprinting away to fool Tiema with a ground shot.
Leopards gradually got into the game and after the ineffectual Evans Wandera and injured Demonde Selenge were removed for Bernard Mangoli and Salim Kinje they began to threaten dangerously.
Aluvisa, a bright spark for Leopards all afternoon, restored parity after he got on the end of some good build up to head home in the 43rd minute. He was suspiciously off side and Sony protested but to no avail.
Leopards should have gone into the break a goal up after Aluvisa had quickly shifted up the gears on the left wing to pick Abraham Cokie in the six yard box but the Liberian placed his header over the bar when scoring looked the obvious outcome.
In the second half Tiema showed his superb reflexes to keep out excellent efforts from Biko and Jared Ogallo while at the other end Alivusa’s bountiful supplies from the left wing failed to find willing suitors.
It all looked headed for stalemate before Onyango delivered the sucker punch. Sony now climb up one place to ninth, displacing Sofapaka who face Congo United today at Nyayo Stadium.

MichezoAfrika features the report by John Munene.

AFC succumbed to a 2-1 loss to visiting Sony Sugar on Saturday afternoon at Nyayo Stadium in the only KPL fixture for the day. The loss marked a three games winless streak for new coach Nick Yakhama.

Isaiah Omondi gave Sony Sugar the lead after 9 minutes while Silas Aluvitsia equalized for the home team from a Salim Khamis cross in the 41st minute to ensure both teams went to the half break tied at 1-1.

Both sides came back looking for the advantage but it was Sony Sugar who ended up  lucky with a 91st minute conversion after Fred Onyango netted the winning goal from a corner by Joshua Oyoo.

The goal didn’t go down well with a handful of Ingwe supporters who claimed their keeper Barnabas Tiema was fouled by Sony players while going for the aerial ball. Some tried to cause chaos but quick intervention from security officials and other fans prevented a repeat of Wednesday scenes where K’Ogalo fans forced the match to abort in the 65th minute.

AFC missed the services of Congolese trio Itubu Imbem, Hugo Nzoka and Laurent Tumba.The latter two missed the match due to lack of work permits.

In a post match interview AFC Coach Nick Yakhama said he is not under any pressure as he is sure his team will go back to their winning ways. He blamed poor officiating for their loss.

KPL website reported:-

ISAIAH Omondi and Frederick Onyango scored for visiting Sony Sugar and AFC Leopards had only Silas Aluvitsia’s 41st minute reply as the Nairobi team slumped at the National Stadium putting pressure on players and coach Nick Yakhama.

Onyango grabbed the last-gasp winner for Sony, heading in an injury-time corner taken by Joshua Oyoo.

Omondi had put Sony Sugar in the lead after nine minutes, connecting with a Steve Biko pass to beat Barnabas Tiema in the Leopards goal.

Aluvitsia’s equaliser on 41 minutes was after an assist from Salim Khamis.

After the break, play was even, but to Leopards supporters, the team was disappointingly short on inventive quality. Their feeling climaxed with anger vented at the players and coach Yakhama who, after coming into the club and winning his first match four fixtures ago, had now gone three without victory, including losing twice.

Some supporters, however, looked for more excuses, almost causing chaos while claiming goalie Tiema was fouled as the winning goal went in.

Security officials and peaceful Leopards fans managed to overcome the trouble makers.
Coach Yakhama said he would not bow down to pressure and was looking to turn the bad run into a winning streak.

Francis Baraza of Sony was pleased with the victory which he said was earned through good tactics.

“We went out to make sure we were in control of the midfield, then to take chances on counter-attack. It worked. We were never under pressure. It was a comfortable match for us.”

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5Gor Mahia12552119220
6Western Stima1262498120
7Thika United125341612418
9AFC Leopards125161112-116
10Sony Sugar12435914-515
11Karuturi Sports12336611-512
12Chemelil Sugar12264510-512
13Mathare United122551113-211
14Congo United12246820-1210
16City Stars12228514-98

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