Peter Pinchez Opiyo scored for Nairobi City Stars in a third straight top-flight game but his goal was not enough as Ulinzi Stars rallied for a 1-1 draw at Utalii grounds on Saturday 16 January 2021 in a round eight Premier League game.
Pinchez opened the scores in the 19th minute when he flung home a freekick from the edge of the box after skipper Anthony Muki Kimani had been fouled.
His delivery hit the underside of the crossbar to bounce in goal confusing keeper and Ulinzi skipper James Saruni.
But the lead did not last long as, eleven minutes later, the hosts were level after big unit Oscar Wamalwa sent home a penalty earned after Sven Yidah had handled the ball in the box while attempting a clearance.
The latest score earned both sides a 13th draw from 23 Premier League games played since year 2006.
City Stars should have won the game at the death but a goalward bound shot from substitute Timothy Babu Ouma bounced off upright before Saruni forced a corner from one last goal charge.
With the latest point Nairobi City Stars improves to the ten-point mark to stagnate at sixth as Ulinzi moved into eighth place with as many points from seven games played.
Up next for City Stars is an away trip to Wundanyi to face host Sofapaka on Saturday 23 January 2021 starting 3pm.
Nairobi City Stars: 23. Steve Njunge (GK), 28. Herit Mungai Atariza, 25. Kenedy Onyango, 22. Wycliffe Otieno, 27. Azizi Okaka, 10. Peter Opiyo, 30. Anthony Kimani – Captain (7. Rodgers Okumu-90), 21. Oliver Maloba (20. Timothy Ouma-65), 18. Sven Yidah, 24. Erick Ombija, 11. Davis Agesa (32. Ezekiel Odera-85)
Unused subs: 16. Jacob Osano, 5. Wesley Onguso, 2. Elvis Noor Ojiambo, 9. Vincent Otieno Okoth,3. Charles Otieno, 15. John Kamau
Not considered: 6. Ronney Kola, 14. Rowland Makati (both on loan at Nairobi Stima), 29. Ebrima Sanneh (rehab), 17. Yusuf Mukisa Lubowa (muscle tear), 4. Salim Abdalla (injury), 12. Edwin Buliba (thigh injury), 8. Calvin Masawa (thigh injury), 19. Jimmy Bageya, 1. Elvis Ochoro (GK)
Ulinzi Stars: 1. James Saruni – Captain, 35. Brian Birgen, 30. Harun Mwale, 39. Alex Masinde, 33. Bonface Andai,, 18 Bonface Onyango, 26. Daniel Waweru (8. John Kago-66), 28. Churchill Muloma, 24. Oscar Wamalwa (29. Ibrahim Shambi-66), 10. Masita Bitolwa, 6. Michael Otieno (11. John Njuguna-72′)
Unused subs: Timothy Odhiambo, 44. Oliver Ruto, 34. Hamisi Abdalla, 21. Bernard Ongoma, 17. Mark Bikokwa, 2. Byron Odiaga, 5. Fredrick Chitai, 36. Edgar Mukolwe
Coach: Benjamin Nyangweso
Yellow cards: Bonface Onyango-84,(Ulinzi Stars)//Herit Mungai-35, Kenedy Onyango-45, Erick Ombija-83′(Nairobi City Stars)