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Homeboyz hit Chemelil to ease axe fears

CHEMU-3NAIROBI, Kenya, November 1- Kakamega Homeboyz stunned Chemelil Sugar 2-0 to ease their relegation fears in a televised Kenyan Premier League (KPL) encounter at Bukhungu Stadium on Friday.

The home side dominated the match in the first half with Allan Osiako wasting a clear chance in the 11th minute, shooting straight at Chemelil keeper, Jairus Adira.

“Today we had no other option because we were sinking, we had one route to this match that was to win and I’m happy we have won and we now pray that Sony lose their match against Tusker on Saturday,” Homeboyz tactician, Edward Manoah said after the pulsating encounter.

The hosts were rewarded in the 24th when a Haron Shakava’s cross found Dennis Mukaisi in the box with the forward beating three Chemelil defenders before planting the ball at the far post for the fourth of the season.

Mike Mururi’s side blew a perfect opportunity to level three minutes later when Geoffrey Maina headed over from a corner.

They were made to pay when Homeboyz again attacked from the left with Mukaisi turning provider by whipping in a cross that Andrew Kulecho connected with a cracker to give his side a 2-0 half time lead.

Chemelil emerged for the second fighting but youngster Stephen Wakanya blew a point blank opportunity with only the keeper to beat.

Allan Osiako could have given Homeboyz their third goal in the 77th when his shot was cleared by Adira.

Wakanya was brought down in the 79th minute outside the box but centre referee, Raphael Nduati waved play on.

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“My players underrated the opponents in the first half and when they realized we were trailing, they tried to find equalizer but it was too late, my next match against Sony is a must win because I want to finish in the top-eight,” Mururi admitted after the match.

With a match to go Homeboyz are placed 13th on the KPL log with 29 points same as Mathare United who play relegation candidates Karuturi Sports on Saturday.

Chemelil are positioned ninth with 36 though they have a game at hand while Sony take on flailing outgoing champions at Nyayo Stadium with the pressure now on them to respond.

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