- By Simiyu Simiyu
- Twitter: @wakajuaness
Forward Henry Juma was man of the match today Sat 17, June 2017 when his early assist and a late penalty sent ten-man Kakamega School to the nationals football competition.
With the weather favouring the highly publicised evening, Kakamega School fooled the spectetors when Juma picked a loose ball at the centre, ran to the right wing and released a killer cross that Alfa Christ connected to the right bottom of the net just after two minutes in a match the bookmakers couldn’t expect a goal in the second minute.
The Green Commandos then threatened twice that Juma became a marked man throughout.
Seemingly under pressure and unsettled in the first quarter of the game, the Mukumu defence discarded the tension at their back four and thwarted several scripted passes from the leaders’ forwards.
With the Tsumami looking unsure of grabbing an equalizer, the match appeard to end in favour of the Commandos as the half-time ended with the same idle scoresheet.
The Branden Mwinamo-coached side, clad in yellow jersies and blue shots, came in the second half more committed to take the day but it was Mukumu that warned the Kakamega defence on several occasions.
Came the 67th minute and Kakamega were down to ten men when Alfa Chris was showed a second yellow card.
Katch High, as they are famously known, re-organised themselves to a 4-4-1 with Juma alone rooted at the front to stop the Tsumami defence from joining the attack.
Ten minutes left to the final whistle and the dejected Mukumu fans started visiting the exit gates at the Sudi Stadium, the home ground of Kenyan Premier league side Nzoia FC. The tournament was initially being hosted at Bungoma High School but the officials chose the neutral ground over the Masinde Muliro Stadium in Kanduyi which is under-construction.
As if their gods were not asleep, Mukumu pushed hard towards the goal and forced Kakamega to concede their first ever goal of the tournament in the 89th minute, tempting the leaving fans back to the stands.
The Green Commandos must have sourced inspiration from their Principal, Mr Oliver Minishi, then sitted behind his standing coach as Juma charged in front of Minishi’s bench on the left, cut into the box and released a pass that won a hand ball in the box, forcing the black-kitted Mukumu to surround the referee.
Silence arrested the ten thousand fans around the stadium but Juma stepped up and sent his opponent the wrong side. 2-1 and the final whistle erupted the Kakamega fans into thunderous cheers.
The Champions will now represent the Nzoia Region to the nationals for the Term B Ball games in Nyeri County from 2nd August where they will play against other regions’ winners.