Melta Kabiria finally inked their maiden win in the steamy Sportpesa Super 8 Premier League (SPS8PL) In a controversial manner by breezing in 2-1 past sentimental favourites Kiambiu Youth in a match shy of quality but more of drama at the City Stadium on Sunday March 20th afternoon.
Hitman Daniel Ayoyi rose to the occasion in the 74th Minute in emphatic manners that caused an over-raucous celebration for the decisive winning goal for the visiting East side club who were in dire of victory.
Kiambiu’s Valdo Madegwa had restored the tie level four minutes after Wilson Muhoto’s 13th minute opener as the Shadrack Ateka’s boy’s had the final word at the expense of 4th placed Kiambiu.
Ateka’s West side army, who were languishing at the second from the bottom of the log with a mere three points raked up from three draws and three losses, showed resilience by outsmarting the slumbering slum boys.
Speaking after the match Sunday, Ateka has fired warning shots to other teams in the ongoing league which is currently in the seventh round.
“We have officially introduced ourselves in the league. We had slip-ups at first, but now we have made our entry to the race is known. We are coming for the top spot, nothing less,” the outspoken Ateka stated while heaping praise for his charges performance.
As a result of the outcome, Kiambiu Youth, who are last campaign’s losing finalist succumbed to their first loss of the competition, dropping a spot lower to fifth place on the SPS8PL grid after the weekend’s matches.
Prolific forward Lawrence Musili who was taking charge of the Kiambiu on temporary basis at the absence of head coach Marvin Dacha said that luck was not on their side as injuries on the squad cost his side the crucial three points.
“We had a good fight after Madegwa equalized but luck was not on our side today. What I can say is that my squad was a little weak because most of the midfielders who played today are actually defenders. ” Musili who is also nursing a knock on the ankle echoed.
Buoyed by their 2-1 triumph over Kabete United last weekend, Kiambiu, who were pre-match favourites could not contain Kabiria who put a gallant fight to floor their host.
From kick-off, the Kawangware based outfit showed their hunger for a win.They stretched their opponents back line using goal-hunters James Mandela and Daniel Ayoyi who were nightmares for Vincent ‘Obare’ Odhiambo on Kiambiu’s goal-post.
Keeper Odhiambo, who was fresh from serving a match ban, pulled some frantic saves notably tipping off Ochieng’s free kick for an unfruitful corner in the opening exchanges.
But Wilson Muhoto finally pricked him when he fired his shot on the left bottom corner after Kiambiu’s defenders scrambled for the ball in the dangerous area to grab the early lead.
However, their celebration was cut short four minutes later when Madegwa planted a set-piece on thee top right corner of Kabiria’s post to restore parity.
After a dour first half, the tie went into the break scores at 1-1.
The final break through for Kabiria came when striker Ayoyi, out of the blues dinked in the decisive winner from near post with fifteen minutes remaining on the clock.
The goal sent a raucous celebration from the overwhelming fans who had threatened to invade the pitch .
The goal drilled the final nail on Kiambiu’s coffin as their efforts for an equalizer hit the wall.
Sportpesa Super 8 Premier League results;
Kiambiu Youth 1-2 Meltah Kabiria United (City Stadium)
Kayole Youth 1-2 Diguna Fc (MYSA Hq)
Kawangware United 0-1 Metro Sports (Bp)
Kayole Asubuhi 2-1 Shamako Babes
Sportpesa Super 8 Division One League results;
Tena United 6-0 Riara University (City Stadium)
Team Umeme 0-1 Jesder Fc (Ziwani)
Shauri Moyo 2-1 Mac Milan (Ziwani)
Githurai Sportiff (WO) Angola Fc (Baba Dogo)