Monday, June 3

Nairobi Stima tie Planets

Coach Barrack Ouma's Nairobi Stima were crowned the Madaraka Day Cup champions after beating the Ligi Ndogo Planets 5-4 on post match penalties on Saturday 1 June 2013.

The game also doubled up as an FKF Division One Zone A group 1 league match;the teams had tied 1-1 in regular time at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Ligi Ndogo struck first.On the 14th minute,Captain Sammy Machio caught Nairobi Stima behind on a counter and long-balled a pass to first year striker Leonard Ochieng who raced full length to deliver a cut back cross to the onrushing Brian Kimechwa Yator.
Stima came close on the 27th when Vincent Mbindyo struck the cross bar with a left footed snap shot.
On the 50th minutes,Planet's Machio had a chance to tuck the game away when he was clothes-lined in the box by Stima defender,Morris Ochieng.His predictable strike was coolly parried out by Stima keeper kennedy Omondi.
In the 70th minute,Planet midfielder Brian Yator limped off with a knock on his knee. Stima stepped the pedal and went full out for an equalizer.Captain Sammy Machio's handball on the left,six meters in the Planet half,proved costly.Geoffrey Wangalwa's tricky lob shot caught goalkeeper Tom Muthomi on the back-pedal. His eventual stumble gifted Stima an equalizer.
Richard Ogada came close once again for Stima in the 79th but his powerful shot echoed back into the field of play.On the 80th minute Sammy Machio had to hand over his armband to the newly introduced Mike Machiek as he received his marching orders for handling the ball,and a second bookable offense. 
Shoot out
During the shoot-out to break the Cup deadlock,Planet's striker Edgar Odhiambo and defender Arthur Weyula missed their spot kicks.Goalkeeper Kennedy Omondi scored for Stima,on the seventh penalty to lift the Cup.
In the league,with points shared at 1-1, both Nairobi Stima and Ligi Ndogo are tied on 16 points from ten games played.Due to a superior goal (+10,+4), Stima sits fourth,two steps a top the Planets.
Planets close the first leg with a trip to Kinoru against number eleven,Kambakia Christian Centre on the 15th June.
Planet Starters Tom Muthomi (GK),Evans Njuku,Arthur Weyula,Phillip Ugochukwu,Douglas Simiyu,Brian Yato (Edgar Odhiambo)r,Sammy Machio (C),Sven Yida,Collins Odawa,John Njoroge (Charmant Chihuguyu),Leonard Ochieng (Mike Machiek)