Kisumu All Stars defeated Vihiga United 2-1 in the first leg of the Kenyan Premier League promotion play off at Mumias Complex.
Kisumu All Stars took a first half 1-0 lead through Willis Otienda’s 5th minute penalty
Vihiga United staged a comeback in the second half and restored parity through Davis Wafula’s strike 15 minutes to time.
However Kisumu All Stars dug deep ,and snatched the win deep in injury time after substitute Shadrack Otieno scored the winner.
Kisumu All Stars under the tutelage of head coach Andrew Aroka head into the second leg set for Nov ember 4th at Moi Stadium,Kisumu with their chin up following the win.
Kisumu All Stars head coach attributed the win to solid team tactics.
‘’Getting two goals away is no mean task. I thank the members of the technical bench as well as the players .The way we planned worked out and our tactics also did come up to as we had wanted. opening up the game meant risking the attack, so the boys played to the plan .Our second leg match will be different and we are going to plan on that as well’’, said Aroka
His opposite number Sammy Okoth said the early penalty awarded to the opposing side destabilized his side.
‘’I had expected a win in the game but when the penalty was awarded against us in the 3rd minute it did destabilize our game. too many stoppages in the match also disrupted our formation. We are going to work on mistakes that came to the fore in the first leg and fight for victory in the second leg on Wednesday’, Okoth said.
Vihiga United who made their maiden top flight entry in 2018 and lasted just a season must comprehensively beat their opponents to make a return to the KPL.
The aggregate winner clinches a slot to participate in the 2020/21 KPL season. The tentative kick off date has been set as November 20th with thye federation releasing the opening 5 fixtures for each of the 17 clubs.