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.

 

 

Thika United set back;Tsuma out for six weeks.

S.Tsuma injured during Thika UTD vs Sofapaka.(2018)

Thika United FC suffered a major set back during their 2-1 victory against Sofapaka over the weekend, when midfielder Said Tsuma suffered a Non-displaced fracture on the right arm. 

 

Tsuma landed awkwardly after a high ball collusion with the opponent and was replaced and rushed to Thika level five hospital where the orthopedist’s diagnosis revealed the fracture; The player will be rendered in active for six to eight weeks.

 

The set back comes as a big blow to Thika United who just secured their maiden win this season in that match, and coach Muyoti will be demanding 100% from Denis Lewa and James Kinyanjui who are the candidates likely to fill the void as the midfield is restructured.

 

Meanwhile Thika United will travel to Nakuru on Sunday 15th to take on Ulinzi Stars in their next Kenya Premier League (KPL) 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.

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.

Thika United to play U-20 National team in friendly.

Thika UTD in a recent match.

Thika United FC will on Friday 23rd March play host to Kenya Under 20 national team in a friendly match, set to kick off at 10am at Thika Sub-County Stadium.

 

Thika United who will be taking on Posta Rangers away in Machakos in their next league fixture on 31st March, are yet to find the winning touch. But coach Muyoti shall be aiming to work on the finishing quagmire in front of goal, when they play the U-20 team, in the FIFA weekend.

Qualifiers

The National team which has been in camp in preparedness to take on Rwanda in a two-leg Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifiers on 30th March (Kenya) and on 14th April (Rwanda).

 

The match is slated for Friday 23rd with kick off at 10am, at Thika Sub-County Stadium. Compiled by Ken_Magu.

 

Thika United get injury boost as Oruchum and Mukangula resume training.

Thika United are yet to secure their first win in the season,and a 1-1 draw over the weekend against Mathare United didn’t improve matters either, with 3 points from five matches so far.

C.Okumu still in rehab training alongside C.Oruchum who resumed full training. (file photo)

Good news

A sigh of relief and positive news though from the Medic team, as Christopher Oruchum (defender) and Eugene Mukangula (Forward) resumed training after suffering a metatarsal fracture and a hamstring injury respectively.

Report

“Oruchum has finished with his physio rehab sessions and is back into full training, while Mukangula is still on rehab and we shall access his progress by the end of the week” the team Medic report to www.thikaunitedfc.com– the duos’ return will serve as a crucial boost to Coach Nicholas Muyoti’s plans in the coming fixtures.

Collins Okumu and Michael Mutinda are still on recovery rehab but are expected back in training in a few weeks time.

Meanwhile Thika United is preparing for their weekend clash against Tusker FC at Ruaraka grounds on Saturday 10th March, kickoff 3pm. Compiled 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.