KISUMU, Kenya, Aug 2 – Zico Kombo and Benjamin Ojiambo’s goals were all Barding needed to induct Friends School Bukembe Boys to the unpredictable Airtel Rising Stars national scene when they suffered a 2-0 loss in the hands of Lake region representatives at the Moi Stadium, Kisumu Tuesday.
Barding, who eliminated regulars Kisumu Day in the regional finals of the boys football competition, fully took advantage of their chances upfront and the hot weather in Kisumu to rudely welcome their in-laws from Bungoma in a shock win.
Bukembe had eliminated 2007 champions St. Anthony at the Nzoia regional games and it was expected they will be tough opponent here.
The heat in Kisumu emanating from the recently laid artificial turf at Moi Stadium did not do any justice to Bukembe player who were playing on such facility go the first time. Bukembe were allowed to compete in these games even after St. Anthony accused Bukembe of fielding ineligible player in Nzoia regional games.
Kombo gave Barding the lead in the quarter hour mark from a perfectly timed ball when he looped the free flowing ball past Bukembe’s custodian to give the local fans who thronged the stands to catch part of the action of national games since 2010, the last time Kisumu hosted these games something to talk about at the break.
Bukembe attempts to level the score hit a wall when the referee disallowed their only goal of the match in the 71st minute for an offside. This gave Barding even more vigour to move forward, causing a lot of pressure of the fading Bukembe’s defense.
Barding also had a taste of hawk-eyed refereeing when their goal was ruled off, something that did not go well with the fans. But Barding continued pilling pressure and their effort was rewarded in the 91st minute when Benjamin Odhiambi easily tapped in a begging cross to sink Bukembe’s hopes of any possible comeback.
Barding will now face a wounded Chetenye who lost 2-0 to Kathungi in another match while Highlands reps squares it out with Bukembe who will be going out for redemption in this must win clash.
Leja Rashid and Hamisi Salim registered their names in the score sheet for Kathungi in the 12th and 60th minute respectively.
Metropolitan representatives and 2013 champion Olympic suffered 2-0 loss in the hands of Nginda while Nyakach seemed to have maximised on their high altitude training in Nyabondo Plateau following their 4-0 thrashing over Kirigara in the girls football match.
The massive win for the Plateau girls saw them take charge of Pool A in what turned out to be a one-sided show.
Mercy Odunga, Cynthia Akinyi and Ida Odinga netted Nyakach’s opener, second and fourth goal while Deborah Ndajitini put the ball in her own net for the victor’s third goal.
Rechael Mwema stunned Olympics when she broke their defense in the in 5th minute before Faith Evayo doubled the lead 10 minutes later.
Leaders Nyakach will play Olympic tomorrow (Wednesday), while Nginda, Sindo, and Itigo battle it out against Kirigara, Wiyeta and St. Johns Kaloleni in the order.