At last, Congo United can party!

Sunday April 24 2011

Congo FC captain Ramadhan Mbuggus leads his team players as they celebrate a penalty score against AFC Leopards during a Kenya Premier League match at the Mbaraki Sports Club. Congo United FC won 1-0. Photo | Gideon Maundu.

Congo FC captain Ramadhan Mbuggus leads his team players as they celebrate a penalty score against AFC Leopards during a Kenya Premier League match at the Mbaraki Sports Club. Congo United FC won 1-0. Photo | Gideon Maundu. 

By PHILIP ONYANGO, WINNIE ATIENO AND LAWRENCE ONGARO

Congo United registered their first win in the Kenya Premier League when they edged out AFC Leopards 1-0 in an entertaining match at the KPA Mbaraki Sports Club.

It was a sweet victory for new Congo United coach Gilbert Selebwa who took over from  sacked Gideon Ochieng early in the week.

Selebwa, formerly coach at Leopards, said he had proved a point to his former club who unceremoniously threw him out after he struggled with the team through the Nationwide League.
Congo United captain Rama Salim scored the all-important goal via a penalty in the 78th minute after he was brought down by Leopards’ skipper Nicholas Muyoti.

Kenya Football Federation vice-chairman Twaha Mbarak gave Congo a Sh20,000 cash award for their rare win.

Thika 1 Chemelil 0

At the Thika Municipal Stadium, Thika United FC edged Chemelili 1-0, the lone goal coming in the fifth minute when Ken Wendo curved a nice corner which was connected into the goal by Vincent Nyaberi.

Referee Fidelis Wekesa had to stop the match for almost 10 minutes in the second half after a swam of bees invaded the field, resulting to players taking cover by lying flat on the field.

One yellow card was flashed during this encounter to Chemelil’s mid-fielder Wellingtone Murwayi for foul play.

It was a relief for Thika United after winning the game considering the fact that they lost to Gor Mahia FC 3-1 at the same venue in their last game.