Category: Match Reports

Thika United FC to rope in ten.

Coach Njogu with some of the new signings at Thika United.

Thika United FC will have recruited  ten new players by the end of the mid season transfer window which closes by midnight Saturday 30th June.

 

Head Coach John Njogu revealed to www.thikaunitedfc.com earlier today,

“We are through with our recruitment and we shall be joined by four defenders, three strikers and three midfielders, making a total of ten new players.”

 

Thika United shall be without a number of their known players after the transfer period, who opted to terminate their contracts and the club subsequently  replacing the positions affected by signing new players.

 

Trialists in Meru.

Recently Thika United conducted successful trials in Thika and in Meru and four of the new catch hail from the vast Meru region, more to follow….

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile Thika United will host Ulinzi Stars at Thika Sub-County Stadium in their next league fixture slated for Sunday July 1st. Compiled by Ken_magu.

 

Thika United FC to scout Meru talent.

Thika United FC in conjuction with Meru based Kirimara sports have organized a week long mid-season trials to scout untapped football talent in the vast Meru region.

Kirimara Sports is a sports development organization based in Meru with the aim of finding, nurturing, developing and promoting talent in the Mt Kenya region.

 

Mr Mutuma Nkanata who is the Chairman of Kirimara Sports told www.thikaunitedfc

“We are proud to partner with Thika United FC in this venture to scout and nurture football talent. Thika United are the highest ranked club in the Mt Kenya region and have the history, experience and tradition in promoting talent. We want to expand their reach and bring that success and experience to Meru and hopefully get a few youth who will play in the Kenyan Premier League and even the National team in the near future.”

 

Kilimara Sports and Thika United have organized a week long trials at Kinoru Stadium starting on the 22nd June and also planning to unveil the successful candidates, in the Thika United FC versus Ulinzi Stars league match which Thika United shall host at Kinoru Stadium on 1st July 2018.

Njogu irked by disallowed goal as Thika go down to Posta.

Coach John Njogu.

Thika United Head coach John Njogu cut a frustrated figure after watching his side have an 80th minute goal chalked off for offside in their 1-0 defeat to Posta Rangers in a mid-week league fixture, played at Thika Sub-County Stadium.

 

The teams went to  first-half break with equal strength despite the hosts conceding five corners, with Thika having two scrappy chances to take the lead.

 

In the 80th minute Thika United thought they had taken the lead, after making a break and beating the offside trap with Mukangula on a one one situation, the forward chose to lay a pass on a on rushing Masakidi, who slotted in an empty net.

 

But after some discussion between referee Josaih Awiti and the linesman Oliver Odhiambo, the goal was ruled out.

Speaking about the incident, Njogu said:  We score a goal, the referee indicates a goal and points to the centre circle.

“The linesman indicates an offside.

“It’s very, very close. It doesn’t matter whether I agree or disagree – it’s given as offside my players lose concentration and we lose the game.

“For me there was an opportunity today.”

Half time 0-0

Posta started the game brightly and only a smart save from Elliud Emase prevented Mukaisi from heading them in front in the fifth minute when Simon Mbugua picked him out in the box.

 

Eugene Mukangula had a chance to put his side ahead in the 13th minute, after beating his markers but his final touch was too heavy, to the delight of the on rushing keeper.

Second half drama

The hosts pushed for an opener in the second period, with Agesa Davies and Shami Kibwana going close on a couple of occasions but Posta managed to keep them at bay until ten minutes to stoppage.

 

Shortly after Thika United controversial disallowed goal in the 80th minute, the visitors pilled pressure on Thika United’s back-line and a feeble clearance by Michael Mutinda in the 83rd minute, fell on the path of Titus Achesa who took a rather weak shot in a forest of legs and securing a 1-0 win for the visitors.FT 0-1

 

Thika United have no time to lick the wounds of today’s loss as Sunday awaits with a journey away to Machakos to play Mathare United in their second match of the second leg.Report by Ken_Magu.

 

 

Thika United Thump Sony, in coach Njogu’s debut.

Thika Utd Head Coach John Njogu.

Thika United FC new tactician John Njogu, made a positive start in his debut match with a comfortable 3-1 win against visiting Sony Sugar over the weekend.

First half

It was a tentative start for both sides as they were trying to settle into the match.  The humidity of an impending rainy night was taking a toll at the players, with Thika United looking to take advantage of the conditions.

Mukangula came close to opening the scoring in the 14th minute from a direct free-kick just outside of the box, but his shot skimmed on top of the crossbar.

 

Saad Musa grabbed the lead for the home team in the 24th minute from a 20 yard screamer after side stepping the opponent and beating a flat footed Sony Keeper. 1-0.

Thika United didn’t let go of the fuel pedal as the midway break approached, the home team mounted another attack on the right flank and after a frantic clearance by the Sony defense;

Skipper Dennis Odhiambo, pounced on a loose ball outside the box and drove in a fierce left-footed shot between a forest of legs, beating the goalkeeper into the far post corner. 2-0.

Shami Kibwana could have put his name on the score sheet at the stroke of half-time from a close range effort which sailed narrowly wide following good work from the forward.

 

The match went into the interval with the home side deservedly leading 2-0.

Second half

The opening 10 minutes of the second-half was scrappy but Sony Sugar were camping in the Thika United’s half in search of an equalizer.

Coach Njogu made three subs in the second half ( James Kinyanjui for Saad; Agesa Davies for Hansel and Masakidi Clement for Mukangula) and the momentum in-search for more goals intensified.

 

The chances were there for the home team on counter-attacks and on the 64th minute Shami grabbed the third goal for Thika United from the penalty spot, after Sammy Meja was brought down in the box. 3-0.

Fredrick Onyango managed to pull one goal back for Sony in the 82nd minute with a header from a corner, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Thika United held on for their second straight league win. FT: 3-1.

The teams

Thika United starting XI: Eliud Emase,Baraka Badi, Meja Sammy, Mwinyi Kassim, Okumu Collins, Odhiambo Dennis, Mutinda Michael,Musa Saad, Mukangula Eugene, Shami Kibwana and Ochieng Hansel.

Subs: Kelvin Opiyo,Denis Lewa,Idah Sosthenes,Kinyanjui James,Muturi Francis,Masakidi Clement and Agesa Davies.

SoNy Sugar starting XI: Kevin Omondi, Kevin Oluoch, Martin Werunga, Samuel Olare, Joseph Omweri, Victor Ademba, Frederick Onyango, Tobias Omondi, David Simiyu, Yema Mwana, George Abege.

 

Next match

Thika United will next host AFC Leopards at Thika Stadium on Sunday 20th May,2018. Compiled by Ken_Magu.

Decision time? Thika United fall again…

It’s tough times at Thika United FC as they slumped to a 3-0 horrific defeat against an organised, resilient Nzoia FC on Sunday.

Coach N.Muyoti and Keeper trainer J.Ruto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was the kind of performance and loss that can be defining to the tactician, the personnel and to the management in general.

Predictable

Despite going into halftime at a 0-0 stalemate, Thika United showed a rather depressing lack of character and conceded 3 goals in the last 22 minutes of the match, a pattern that has bedeviled the team in a predictable way in a number of matches.

Resolving

Fingers may be pointed at either or all the three departments (Technical, Personnel and Management) for the recent slump, but one thing remains certain, a decision has to be made in an attempt to finding a solution, to salvage the situation from getting worse.

Next Match

Thika United will have a few days to reorganize before their next assignment against Wazito FC on May 6th, at Camp Toyoyo-3pm. Compiled by Ken_magu.

Thika United tread dangerously after 5-2 loss.

Thika United FC suffered a 5-2 defeat in the hands of Kenya Premier League (KPL) defending Champions, Gor Mahia FC, on Sunday afternoon at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. 

 

The loss which is the fifth in 12 matches and having only managed a single win and six draws, the trend paints a rather daunting scenario with the team having plummeted to the 17th position in the 18 team league.Thika United had  similar struggles in 2017 and after picking two wins in the opening four matches, the team went on a 13 match win-less streak. We had to win the playoffs to avoid relegation.

There is Hope

The good news is it’s still possible to wiggle out of the slump with the remaining five matches left to the end of first leg, by treating the next five games as must win with a target of fifteen points; Add that to the current nine and the team would be in the top eight by June.

Well that looks easy on paper but it’s worth a shot, if the team can play with the same vigor and spirit they exhibited in the first hour of the Gor Mahia game then nothing is impossible.

Next Fixture

Thika United will be at home on Sunday 29th, to play Nzoia Sugar who also lost (3-1) to Vihiga United in their last league match.Compiled by Ken_Magu.

 

 

Super sub Adem brings down Sofapaka in Thika.

E.Adem celebrates his winner vs Sofapaka.(2018)

Thika United FC got their winning boots back on over the weekend, by beating one time Champions Sofapaka FC 2-1 in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) fixture staged at Thika Sub-County Stadium.

 

The long wait for Thika United to secure their first win this season finally ended on Sunday afternoon,Edmond Adem proved Thika United’s supersub, as he sprang from the bench to give Nicholas Muyoti a dramatic late victory.

The youthful tactician couldn’t hide his delight as his second half change produced decisive dividends, when the former Palos FC forward timed a brilliant run to get onto the end of a perfect delivery from Clement Masakidi on 83 minutes.

 

First Half

With the game in its infancy, scoring opportunities were scarce. The visitors ‘Batoto ba Mungu’ had the first decent chance of the afternoon in the 18th minute, with a crossbar strike from Yusuf Mohammed.

Thika United were reduced to 10 men after Said Tsuma suffered an arm twist after an awkward fall in the latter stages of the first half, before being replaced by Dennis Odhiambo.

Former Sofapaka forward Hansel Ochieng nearly put Thika United ahead in injury time of the first period, as matters ended all square.0-0.

Thrilling Second Half

Sofapaka striker Kepha Aswani, who also at one time turned up for Thika United, confirmed his fine form heading in a perfect Stephen Waruru corner in the 47th minute to score for the visitors.

 

But after that Masakidi, who joined Thika United at the start of the season, stepped up for Thika United, levelling in 58th minute by scoring from the spot after Hansel was brought down in area by keeper Kigonya.

Masakidi then turned provider this time catching the Sofapaka defence napping and curled a fine cross through for Adem’s  winning header in the 83rd, which marked his first league goal for Thika United and quite a memorable one since he joined back in 2017.

The teams

Thika Starting XI: Allan Owiny, Badi Baraka, Sosthenes Idah, Okumu Collins, Mwinyi Kassim, Michael Mutinda, Tsuma Said ( 45’Dennis Odhiambo), Balabala Franco, Hansel Ochieng (67′ Peter Okoth) , Masakadi Clement (mata), Mukangula Eugene (80’Adem Edmond)

Unused subs: Kevin Opiyo, Benson Iregi, Lewa Denis, Michael odongo.

Sofapaka Starting XI: Mathias Kigonya, Moussa Omar, Rogers Aloro, Edmond Kwanya, Yusuf Mohammed, Mohammed Kilume, Teddy Osok (60′ Kennedy Oduor)  Elli Asieche (78′ Mike Oduor), Stephen Waruru, Kepha Aswani, Umaru Kasumba (80′ Ibrahim Kitawi)

Unused subs: Emmanuel Opiyo,  Kennedy Oduor, Bernard Mang’oli, Ibrahim Kitawi, Michael Oduor, Ezekiel Okare, Timothy Luda

Next match

Thika United will be back in action on Sunday 15th away in Nakuru to play Ulinzi Stars at Afraha Stadium.Report by Ken_magu.

Thika United settles a for barren draw at Awasi.

Thika United FC shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw with their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) counterparts Chemelil Sugar in Awasi, early yesterday afternoon in a rather cagey affair.

The two teams coming from a defeat in their respective previous matches took matters cautiously throughout the entire match.

Thika United who have found the maiden win elusive, shall be at home playing host to Sofapaka in their upcoming fixture on 8th April at Thika Sub-County Stadium from 3pm. Report by Ken_magu.

Thika United suffers 3-1 loss despite early lead.

Despite taking a 7th-minute lead from a sublime free kick from  Captain Dennis Odhiambo, Thika United gave up the chance to bag maximum points against a more determined Posta Rangers who mounted a 3-1 comeback at Toyoyo.

 

Thika United’s former striker Kennedy ‘Agogo’ Otieno restored parity at the stroke of halftime with a thunderous strike outside the box; Gearshon Likono gave Posta the lead at the hour mark as Thika United looked helpless after a fine strike by the stout forward.

 

Coach Muyoti’s efforts to at-least salvage a point amounted to nothing after substitutes,  Adem Bala and Denis Lewa failed to hit the target on two similar heading opportunities through crosses from an over-lapping Sammy Meja.

Agogo put the match past Thika Uniteds’ reach in the 79th minute after scoring his brace and Posta Rangers third goal.The match ended 3-1.Report by Ken_Magu.

Venue change for Rangers vs Thika United tie.

Camp Toyoyo venue for Thika UTDs’ next league match vs P.Rangers.

The venue for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) tie pitting Posta Rangers against Thika United FC set for Saturday 31 March has been changed.

The match was scheduled to be staged at Machakos Stadium but it has been shifted to Camp Toyoyo with kickoff time set for 2PM.

Cracker

Despite Posta Rangers being assumed a ‘hot-bed’ destination for former Thika United players in the recent past, with the likes of Levis Opiyo,John Nairuka, Simon Mbugua,Kennedy Otieno and most recent Suleiman Ngotho;

The weekend clash promises to be a cracker having registered a string of 3 draws (0-0 in 2016, 2-2 and 1-1 in 2017) in their last four encounters with Rangers having an upper hand winning one(1-0) back in 2016.

 

The match shall precede the Kariobangi Sharks vs Ulinzi Stars match slated for 4.15pm at the same venue.

For other KPL matches schedule follow… linkhttps://www.kenyanpremierleague.com/2018/03/28/2018-kpl-round-8-fixtures-and-tv-schedule/ Report by Ken_magu.