4 Cheptais Villa players injured enroute to regional league tie in Busia

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023 10:40 | By
4 Cheptais Villa players injured enroute to regional league tie in Busia
Members of the Busia Ajax FC team before a recent league match. They played against Cheptais Villa at the weekend. PD/ FRED LIKUYANI

Four players of Cheptais Villa FC from Bungoma County were on Sunday injured when two boda bodas they were travelling in hit a cow at Kimaet as they were travelling to Busia to play Ajax in a Western Regional League at Busia Stadium.

Cheptais Villa team coach, Edwin Kimutai said one of boda boda riders was their number two goalkeeper, Collins Kingo who was unhurt while Moses Kipkemoi, Andrew Barasa and brothers Sergio Kipnusu and Dalmas Kipnusu suffered bruises after falling down.

Despite the setback, the centre-forward players managed to repair their motorbikes and made it to the Stadium where they joined the team which had played for 17 minutes with eight players against 11 for Ajax but they had defied the odds to hold the hosts for that entire duration.

Ajax under the tutelage of Jared Onyango played with purpose and defied the visiting team’s full strength to open the scoring in the 28th minute through Athman Omar who was on the mark again in the 42nd minute.

Ajax made it 3-0 in the 45th minute after heading home a perfect left flank cross from Delington Makokha. They put the issue beyond doubt with two more goals in the 58th minute through Edwin Okarakodi and Zacharia Onyonka in the 83rd minute.

Cheptais Villa suffered a setback in the 88th minute when Douglas Wanyonyi who had been yellow-carded by centre referee, Henry Agona for punching an opponent who had fouled him.

Ajax coach, Jared Onyango aka Ajay said after losing the first match 1-2 at home to St Luke’s Lumakanda Boys, we went back to the drawing board that enabled us to register a convincing victory.

“ Bungoma teams are formidable but we are learning their exploits which have paid dividends. We are going again to the drawing board to plan for the third match against our bitter rivals, Young Rovers at Otimong Primary School next Saturday.

Ajay urged the fans to continue supporting the club which has no sponsor, noting they depend on them for their little contribution to enable the team to honour their fixtures.

Five other clubs from Busia County had mixed luck with two registering victories. Obucuun Border FC stunned hosts Makoba FC 3-1 at Sirende Primary School with HOHA FC beating Enombelea FC 2-0 at Busende Primary.

Califonia failed to make use of home advantage, losing 2-1 to Lutacho at Mudembi Primary School. Muungano were held to a goalless draw by Malaha Sportiff at Lunga Primary School while The Young Rovers failed to honour their match away to Matili TTI at Matili grounds.

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