Visiting Muhoroni Youth held Posta Rangers to a barren draw in a SportPesa Premier League (SPL) clash played at Ruaraka grounds on Wednesday afternoon.
A six game winless run for Rangers leaves the club on 36 points, 16 ahead of bottom placed Muhoroni Youth after 24 rounds.
“I believe we had chances to bury the game. We pinned Muhoroni in their own half for the better part of the game but couldn’t put to use our opportunities. A point is better off but it’s a game we deserved to win,” Posta Rangers head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo said after the match.
For Muhoroni tactician James ‘Odijo’ Omondi, a point away from home motivates their fight to avoid relegation at the closure of the season.
“Posta is a big team just like Ulinzi Stars whom we picked a point from in our last match. Eleven games to go for us, that’s 33 points. If we manage to pick as many as we can despite the financial challenges we are facing, we should be out of the red zone,” he said.
Omollo made two changes in the team that lost 0-2 to Nakumatt at the same venue last Saturday. Edwin Mwaura and Kennedy Otieno replaced John Nairuka and Geoffrey Kataka who were relegated to the bench.
The hosts went all out in search of an early goal the moment centre referee Anthony Ogwayo blew the opening whistle.
In 16 minutes, both Dennis Mukaisi and Otieno had tested Muhoroni Youth custodian Salim Sowedi in vain.
Gerson Likono’s free kick outside the 18-yard box veered off the target in the 32nd minute.
Muhoroni never looked comfortable as Rangers pinned them to their own half.
Their only clear chance in the first half came in the 38th minute. Yusuf Mohammed unleashed a left-footed drive from a 25-yard free kick that Patrick Matasi collected easily.
Three minutes to the break, Titus Achesa was given space to meander in-field, passed the ball to Likono who passed back only for the former Nakuru AllStars man only to see his shot deflected for a fruitless corner.
Likono cut in at the hour mark from the left flank but scooped his shot direct to Ugandan custodian Sowedi.
Pamzo pushed numbers in attack by introducing Nairuka and Jared Obwoge for Mwaura and Otieno in the 52nd and 70th minutes respectively.
Nairuka had his 81st minute free kick from the right headed wide off target by Jockins Atudo. Mukaisi thought to have broken the deadlock in the 86th minute but his header ricocheted off the bar much to the chagrin of Posta fans.