Newly-wed Anthony Nderitu celebrated his return from honeymoon in style with the opening goal to help Ulinzi Stars beat the visiting Muhoroni Youth 2-0 in a thrilling Kenyan Premier League match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Saturday.
The 36-year-old soldier, who scored in front of his wife Treza Wanjiru and their two children Linet Nyawira and Fernandez Mwangi, could not hide his joy.
“This season I have not scored any goal for Ulinzi and to have netted one after my honeymoon, I feel so happy and I dedicate this goal to my wife,” he said after the match.
Nderitu received a square pass outside the box in the fifth minute and side stepped a defender before beautifully curving his shot past Muhorono goalkeeper Joseck Gathogo.
Allan Muhatia made sure the soldiers completed the first leg matches on a winning note when he delivered a cross in the 32nd minute that Gathogo horribly misjudged to let the ball land in the land.
“We started the league on a bad note losing 2-1 to KCB in Nairobi but thank God we have completed the league on a winning note,” said coach Sammy Simiyu.
Ulinzi have now garnered 24 points and are lying fifth in the KPL standing.
Muhoroni Youth coach Sylvester Odhiambo conceded defeat but warned those who are writing them off to watch out in the second leg.
“My boys played according to my instructions but the game of football sometimes is all about luck.
Ulinzi made good use of their chances and that is what made the difference,” Odhiambo said.
It was Muhoroni Youth’s fourth loss in a row.
Sony Sugar 1 KCB 0
At Gusii stadium, “home side” Sony Sugar raided KCB and grabbed a solitary goal at the death.
Michael Simiyu banged home the winning goal in the 90th minute to leave the previously high flying bankers stunned.
Four matches will be played tomorrow to mark the end of the first leg.
City Stars host Thika United at Hope Centre, Rangers are away to Chemelil Sugar, Mathare United entertain Karuturi Sports at City Stadium and Tusker are on the road against Oserian.
The last game of the first leg, AFC Leopards versus Sony Sugar, postponed over a leadership tussle in Leopards will be held a week before the start of the second leg.