Category: Match Reports

Munyaos’ 90th minute strike downs Kenya U-20.

Thika United’s under-20 offensive winger Dennis Munyao came in as a substitute to score a late winner, as Thika United dispatched Kenya U-20 1 -0 in a training match earlier this morning at Thika Sub-County Stadium.

 

After a goalless but entertaining 89 minutes Thika United got a free-kick outside the box in the 90th minute; Munyao stepped up and curved the ball into the net beating the U-20 custodian.

 

The two teams are in preparations for their respective League and continental matches scheduled for the weekend of 31st March and 1st of April against Posta Rangers and Rwanda U-20.Report by Ken_Magu.

Muyoti: No room for complacency in my team.

Thika UTD. Head coach Nicholas Muyoti.

Thika United FC Head Coach Nicholas Muyoti has today issued a stern warning to his 30 man squad, indicating satisfaction in stagnation shall not be tolerated.

 

Thika United have played three matches and have amassed a dismal 2 points out of a possible 9, as they face another tricky fixture away in Kericho, to take on Zoo FC on Sunday 25th.

 

Competitiveness

Coach Muyoti minced no words when speaking to his players after training this morning before their trip tomorrow,

” I want every player in this team to actively fight for the match-day squad and for the eighteen to compete for the starting eleven.Am tired of players who are comfortable and have no urgency to compete and prove their worth to be in the team.”

“When there is competition, depth is created, but without depth in the squad it’s hard to have positive consistency”

 

Also speaking about those (players) who play regularly, the tactician spoke adamantly on the same,

 

“In football there’s an extremely thin line between complacency and confidence, and no positions are guaranteed in my squad moving forward; One has to actively show why he should continue playing or start, in every particular game.”

 

Forwarned

The coach further warned of dire consequences to players who won’t have upped their game by mid-season,-

“In second leg am planning to work with a leaner squad and if a player has not made the first 18, at least on ten occasions in the first leg, then i’ll have no room for you and a replacement will be on the way in”  Muyoti also concluded by stating,

“At times players tend to forget and need to be reminded that there is a large number of unemployed players out there and are just looking for that chance- that you’ve been offered”

 

Soul searching

At times a loss of hunger and commitment can bring about complacency caused by living off past reputation, but after a great challenge like that from our tactician, the eighteen players who have been selected for the weekend match and also those who didn’t make it, will have some personal assessment time, as Thika United prepare to meet Zoo FC on Sunday afternoon.

The team leaves for Kericho tomorrow morning.Compiled by Ken_Magu.

 

Thika United play to a barren draw with Bandari.

Thika United FC missed a chance to get their first win this season after they were held to a goalless draw by Bandari FC at Thika Sub-County Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Thika UTD vs Bandari (2018)

 

The draw was their second in succession having dropped a 2 nil lead last Saturday to settle for a 3-3 stalemate with Nakumatt at Ruaraka. Although the result now places Thika at position 13 after three matches,  Tusker and AFC Leopards who are below them are still counting 1 and 2 matches at hand respectively.

Balanced match

Muyoti’s men made a good start playing with intent and urgency;they created a number of goal scoring opportunities that could have seen them walk out of the game victors. Nonetheless Bandari showed a lot of resilience and were buoyed by the fact that they’re yet to lose a match in the league so far.

 

Shami Kibwana and Davies Agesa had all their attempts saved by Bandari goalie, Farouk Shikalo who had a decent game. The visitors most realistic chance came when Antony Wambani volleyed David Kinga’tua’s cross with his right foot but again Allan Owiny came to Thika United’s rescue to frustrate Bandari the more.

 

Coach Muyoti partly attributed the goal drought to bad luck, ‘we were unlucky enough when Davies and Shami’s shots on target not finding the net, we could have won the game.”

Substitutions

The first change in the game was made in the 65th minute by the hosts. Hansel Ochieng came on for Kibwana. The dockers made their first change in the 73rd minute replacing Abdalla Hassan with John Avire. Ten minutes to the last whistle saw the match still at a stalemate. Thika United replaced Saad Musa with Michael Odongo. 5 minutes later, Bandari substituted Kingatua with Lugogo Wilberforce.

Three minutes were added in the hope of finding a winner. Bandari made their last change with Ochomo coming in for Kenga .

Line-ups.

Thika United FC-Starting XI: Allan Owiny, Baraka Badi, Sammy Meja, Kassim Mwinyi, Collins Okumu, Dennis Odhiambo, Said Tsuma, Masakadi Mata, Shami Kibwana, Abdalla Asad, Davies Agesa,

Subs: Eliud Emase, James Orundu, Jmaes Kinyanjui, Franco Balabala, Zak Matasi, Hansel Ochieng, Michael Odongo.

 

Bandari FC-Starting XI: Faruk Shikhalo, Felly Mulumba, Bernard Odhimbo, Fred Nkata, Nicholas Meja, Collins Agade, Anthony Wambani, Hassan Abdalla, Keegan Ndemi, Shaban Kenga, David King’atua,

Subs: Joseph Okoth, Mohamed Siraj, Wilberforce Lugogo, Joshua Oyoo,Wycliffe Ochomo,  John Avire, Dan Guya

 

Thika United will be targeting to get their first win this coming Saturday 24th when they play away to Zoo FC at Kericho green Stadium.Compiled by Ken_magu.

Agesa back,Mukangula doubtful for Bandari encounter.

E.Mukangula vs Nakumatt (2018).

Thika United FC will on Sunday 18th February take on Coast based side Bandari FC, in their third Kenyan Premier League (KPL) fixture.

The Nicholas Muyoti coached side will be gunning for maximum points after a rather shaky start managing a single point in the first two matches.

 

Gained.

The positive thing to note is that the team managed to discover a scoring touch through Clement Masakidi and Musa Saad in their 3-3 draw against Nakumatt away at Ruaraka last weekend.

Davies Agesa makes a comeback after a bout with malaria last week.  Agesa was very impressive in his first match against Homeboyz and is expected to make the eighteen who will do battle with Bandari on Sunday afternoon.

 

Injury scare

Eugene Mukangula pulled a thigh muscle during training and will have a late fitness test to fully access the extent of his injury.

 

The last time Thika United hosted Bandari was in November 2017, and the match was decided by a strike by Shami Kibwana from a set piece, Thika United won 1-0.

The match is slated for a 3pm kickoff at Thika Sub-County Stadium.Compiled by Ken_Magu.

Thika United suffers Mutinda set back.

Thika United FC suffered an injury set back after one of their dependable midfielders got a foot fracture halfway through the first half, in yestersday’s 2-1 win against Ushuru FC at Thika Sub-County Stadium.

Michael Mutinda suffered an ankle injury during the crunch tie and according to the X-Ray reports from the medic team showed he had a Dancer Fracture on the base of the fifth Metatarsal.

Further details indicate that the player who is currently on clutches,will be out of action for a period of two months,before rehab training commences.

Meanwhile Thika United will play Ushuru again in Narok Stadium on Christmas eve 24th Sunday from 3pm.Compiled by Ken_magu.

Thika United resumes training ahead of playoff duel.

B.Badi on the ball vs Ushuru in 2016.

Thika United FC has resumed training after a short recess following their 1-0 win against Bandari FC in their season ender match at Thika Sub-County Stadium two weeks ago.

 

The team is back in training in preparation for the two legged relegation/promotion playoff fixture against National Super League (NSL) side Ushuru FC;

who finished in third place behind Wazito FC and Vihiga United who both qualified to be promoted for 2018 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season.

 

Playoffs Fixtures

The two legged fixture will kickoff with Thika United playing hosts to Ushuru on Wednesday 6th at Thika Sub-County Stadium from 3pm,ENTRY FREE.

The return fixture will be played three days later at Camp Toyoyo on 10th Sunday, kickoff 3pm.

 

The winner of the playoffs will automatically secure a spot in the 2018 KPL season, with the loser to play in NSL 2018 season. Compiled by Ken_Magu.

Thika United beat Bandari to evade drop.

Goal scorer S.Kibwana in a previous match.

Forward Shami Kibwana scored the lone goal of the game for Thika United FC against Bandari FC 1-0 shutout victory at Thika Sub-County Stadium, in the 2017 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) season finale at Thika Sub-County Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Thika United started on a high with the threat of dropping into the second tier glaring at them,with only a goal difference separating the home team from the drop zone.

 

Eugene Mukangula was unable to open the scores when, in the 10th minute, as his rasping shot hit the post with the ball going back to play. In the 26th minute, Musa Saad was wonderfully set up by Shami but failed to beat Joseph Okoth in the visitors goal, and sent the ball over the bar.

Edwin Lavatsa proved a thorn in home team’s defence but Allan Owiny pulled some fine saves to deny the lanky Bandari forward.

 

At halftime, the score was tied 0-0 with neither team able to find the back of the net.

The tie was broken in the 63rd minute after Thika United won a set piece at the edge of the area; Shami Kibwana stepped up and struck a wonderful free-kick hit the cross bar, it’s rebound heading all the way in for the winning goal. FT:1-0.

 

After 34 rounds of matches Thika United FC managed 8 Wins 14 Draws 12 Losses, amassing a total 38 points- bringing a close to 2017 SPL edition. Compiled by Ken_Magu.

Thika United pick up priceless first away win at Ruaraka.

Thika United celebrating E.Mukangula’s winning goal vs Tusker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eugene Mukangula’s goal after 38 minutes of play secured Thika United’s crucial victory over Tusker FC at Ruaraka Grounds this afternoon,5th November 2017.

The on form offensive converted ShamiKibwana’s assist from inside the area to move the visitors a favourable position in the log.

Brain Osumba was unable to place the ball into an open goal after good work from Dan Kago had stretched Thika United’s defence, but for all their swagger and pressure in the early stages, the home side could not find a telling response after Mukangula’s opener.

Peter Okoth was unfortunate not to double his team’s tally on the stroke of halftime when, after Mukangula had skipped past Eugene Asike and squared for him, his side-footed effort came back off a post and ran agonisingly for a goal kick.

 

The visitors could hardly have made a better fist of it before the break as they took advantage of a monumentally inept display by the host’s to give themselves every hope of addressing their chronic bout of winless away games.

The second half both teams puffed and huffed but only Thika United could manage a smile as they bagged priceless 3 points and a double over the former champions.FT:0-1

Two last fixtures?

Thika United return to action with another away match against Zoo FC on Sunday, 12th November 2pm Kisumu; for the last match of the season it is a home match versus Bandari FC on Saturday 18th November,at Thika Sub-County Stadium. Report by Ken_Magu.

 

 

Thika United downs Sony in Ruaraka.

O.Chibueze and teamates celebrating his goal against Sony Sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigerian import Onwudi Chibueze scored the all important goal as Thika United FC beat Sony Sugar 1-0 at Ruaraka grounds this afternoon.

Thika United set off to a blistering pace with Shami Mwinyi terrorizing on the left flank and setting up Eugene Mukangula who arrived a little late for a sitter in the first minute of the game.

A poor restart by SoNy Keeper Kevin Omondi in the 18th minute gifted Thika United the lead. Eugene Mukangula collected the ball and set up Chibueze who strolled with the ball into the back of the net.

Thika United wasted several chances to bury the game in the first half as the visitors searched for an equalizer.HT 1-0.

Barren second half

Both sides came off the breather with zeal to better their first half play, but Thika United still couldn’t convert their chances and to pour cold water on their efforts Chibueze was red carded in the 64th minute for retaliation and consequently his compatriot too was shown red after the referee consulted with the fourth official for clarification of the incident.

 

The match ended 1-0 in favour of the hosts.

 

Thika United will next take on Tusker FC at Ruaraka on Sunday 5th November 2017,from 3pm. Report by Ken_Magu

Thika United share spoils with Mathare.

Thika United and Mathare United played to a one all draw in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at Thika Sub-County Stadium on Sunday 22nd October.

Mathare took the lead in the 16th minute through Cliff Nyakeya who fired home from a Crispin Oduor through ball but the lead lasted just four minutes as Eugene Mukangula equalized for Thika United with a low rasping shot that beat former Thika United keeper Levis Opiyo on the visitors goal.

The teams relatively slowed down the pace and the first half ended 1-1.

Second-half

The two tacticians approached the half on a change of strategy with John Mwangi replacing Mwaura on the flanks as Muyoti pulled out Chibueze for Benson Iregi.

The quest for goals went on with each side cancelling the other out in the long spells of the second half.

Iregi set up Shami Kibwana for an easy tap in but a watchful David Owino thwarted the effort much to the relief of his already beaten goalie.

Shami had a chance to give his side the lead in the 88th minute when Thika United won a free-kick outside the area but his attempt went over the bar; but the forward was not done yet with 3 minutes added time,Shami got a final chance to hand his team maximum points but Owino again doing well to deny him with nice defending in the six area.FT 1-1.

The result puts Thika United in the precarious relegation zone in the log, with just four matches remaining;we need to be more incisive infront of goal.

Next fixtures

Thika United next travels to Kericho to take on Zoo FC, before playing Sony Sugar at home then take on Tusker FC away and winding up with Bandari FC at home in early December.Report by Ken_Magu.