Thika United drops crucial points at home in a 2-2 draw against Nakumatt.

Thika United came out of the gate controlling the game, while Nakumatt looked out of their depth. The hosts seemed to play an inadvertent high press, forced into it by the poor first touches and weak passing of the visitors. From the first minute, ThikaUnited looked dangerous, controlling the ball, but never finding an opening in front of goal.

It would be the visitors who would strike first. Boniface Akenga, after helping to win the ball back just outside Thika United’s 18-yard box, and unleashing a blistering shot,that proved far too good for keeper Eliud Emase, as the ball arrowed snugly inside a post and into the bottom corner.

Coach Muyoti was furious at the touchline, in the manner the goal was scored and was sending crucial instructions to avoid such blunders at the back;  as Thika United’s attempts to bypass the Nakumatt defence became increasingly jaded, those dire prophecies of physical and mental fatigue appeared close to fulfilment having travelled to Mumias oer the weekend and losing 2-1 to Homeboyz in a water logged pitch.

 

Thika United found their equalizer courtesy of a Wilson Anekeya’s cross which Shami Kibwana made no mistake by slotting it in; 1-1 at halftime.

 

As the visitors were missing their chances in the second period, Thika United’s efforts were further hampered by rather flat displays from Mukangula, Okoth and Odhiambo in particular; they continued to dominate possession and should really have taken the lead when Saad Musa passed well but Shami somehow missed the most inviting of openings.

 

Thika United won a free-kick inside the box after the keeper was adjudged to have handled a back pass, Mwanje stepped up and curved ball into the net putting the hosts into the driving seat.

 

The visitors threw in more firepower through Kisiavuki and former Thika United striker Kepha Aswani but Thika remained steadfast in defence with Mwanje and Tsuma proving to be a thorn in Nakumatt’s flesh and refraining their movement upfront in entirety.

Nakumatt however turned tables towards the end of the match with skipper Peter Nzuki leading the stinging attacks on Thika United and netting the equalizer in the 90th minute mark following a counter attack.

 

Not even the four minutes of added time could see either side score the winner as the entertaining match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Thika Starting XI: Emase Eliud, Anekeya Wilson, Ngotho Suleiman, Oruchum Christopher, Odhiambo Dennis (Capt), Mwanje Samuel, Tsuma Said, Musa Saad, Kibwana Shami, Mukangula Eugene [Denis Lewa],  Okoth Peter [Edmond Adem]

Unused Subs: Allan Owiny, Stephen Odhiambo, James Kinyanjui, Zak Matasi, Ogutu Papa.

Nakumatt Starting XI: 12. Ezekiel Owade, 2. Nicholas Meja. 21. Njoroge John, 15. Donald Musoti, 14. Kennedy Onyango, 88. Kevin Omondi [19. Bernard Meki], 20. Thairu Wangui [50. Kepha Aswani], 10. Peter Nzuki, 24. David Naftali, 46. Boniface Akeng’a [8. Kisiavuki Clinton], 98. Joshua Oyoo,

Unused Subs: 57. Sammy Okinda, 9. Bruno Kiyai, 35. Eugene Ambulwa, 3. Chris Wekesa,

 

Thika United next takes on league toppers Gor Mahia on Sunday 17th at Thika Sub-County Stadium from 4:15pm. Compiled by Ken_Magu.

 

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