Ogopa walks on Red Carpet, toughens leadGovern_school
By Sharon Ngina
Celebrated forward Eric Wainaina scored the winning goal to lead KSG Ogopa FC to a 1-0 victory over Red Carpet at Kihumbuini Stadium Sunday night.
The very first leg between the two teams ended in a 3-3 draw while in other two encounters, Ogopa FC lost a game and drew another against Red Carpet. The fourth and last encounter of the season saw Ogopa FC collect all the three points, thanks to a solitary goal from Eric.
Red Carpet started on the front foot as they sought to curve open Ogopa FC‘s defense with a long ball approach since the latter was pegged in their half of the pitch. Ogopa FC‘s first chance came in the 25th minute after Kevin Odhiambo was put through on goal by Eric Wainaina, a shot which however went well wide.
Ogopa was dealt a huge blow as their main stay centre back Derrick Kaunda was subbed off for Evanson Liyala Derrick suffered a hamstring injury. Red Carpet first mastered a shot in the 36th minute that went wide the goal post, the first half ending in a goalless draw.
The second half started differently as both teams displayed more energy to score an early second half goal. A neat chance presented itself to Ogopa FC through Timothy Ang‘ang‘o who passed the ball to Kevin Wanjiku who shot the ball straight to the opponent‘s net custodian, much to the frustration of coach and fans. Coach Mbenzwa Kamara made several changes, bringing in Douglas Mbugua and Antony Mwanjala for Ken Maina and Moses Okoth respectively. Ten minutes later, Douglas thread a defense splitting ball to Eric who looped it over the keeper, touching the net and leading to a 1-0 score.
Ogopa FC continued to create chances in order to put daylight between them and the opponents. Another glorious chance went begging as Kevin Wanjiku missed a chance after being put through on goal by Kevin Odhiambo. Coach Kamara immediately replaced him with Dennis Ekai, then switched the formation from 4:3:3 to 4:2:3:1 to provide cover to the defense line in a bid to preserve Ogopa‘s lead. Coach Kamara‘s tactics worked as the team defended the lead to the end.
Speaking after the game, Ogopa FC fan Tim Muriuki noted that the team had chances which if utilized well could have led to a win without much struggle.
“The transition from the back through the midfield was average. We can do better and I know we will do better,” he said.
Ogopa now turns attention to a home fixture against Shallom Yassets on Saturday before traveling to Gachie for the final fixture of the season against Karura Greens.