It was Murang’a Seal who drew first blood, taking an early lead in the 7th minute. Fabian Barthez displayed exceptional skill and precision, slotting the ball into the back of the net, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.
Undeterred by the setback, Shabana FC fought back with determination, seeking to overturn the deficit.
All Goals | Murang’a Seal FC 2-1 Shabana
However, Murang’a Seal’s defense stood firm, thwarting their opponents’ attempts. The task became even more daunting for Shabana FC when Murang’a Seal extended their lead in the 36th minute.
Ally Yusuf unleashed a thunderous strike from outside the box, catching the Shabana goalkeeper off guard. Despite a valiant effort to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line, the goalkeeper inadvertently punched it into the net.
Shabana FC managed to find a glimmer of hope in the 61st minute when George Onyango Dizzo scored a header from a well-executed corner kick.
The goal injected renewed energy into Shabana FC’s play, and they pushed forward in search of an equalizer.
However, time was not on their side, and the final whistle ultimately signaled their defeat.
Following the match, Murang’a Seal’s coach Vincent Nyaberi expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance, acknowledging the challenges they faced against a strong opponent.
He commended his players for their unwavering commitment and emphasized their focus on the upcoming crucial encounter against Gusii FC.
Nyaberi emphasized the importance of a victory in their final NSL league match, suggesting that it would play a pivotal role in their overall standings.
On the other side, Shabana FC’s coach, Sam Okoth, addressed the media, attributing his team’s lackluster performance to the demanding schedule they had endured.
With back-to-back games, the players had little time to recuperate, resulting in fatigue and an underwhelming display in the first half.
Okoth noted that although his team showed improvement in the second half, it proved to be too little, too late.
However, he remained confident in his squad’s abilities and expressed belief that they would eventually secure the NSL title.
Looking ahead, Shabana FC will have an opportunity to bounce back from their disappointing loss when they host Kisumu All Stars on Saturday at the Gusii Stadium.
The team will be eager to redeem themselves and regain momentum as they strive to clinch the NSL championship.
Meanwhile, Murang’a Seal’s victory has sparked a wave of excitement among their fans.
The team’s administrators have been reveling in the triumph, relishing the joy of defeating Shabana FC.
However, many disappointed Shabana FC supporters have expressed their frustration at the missed opportunity to secure the NSL title.
All eyes are on Gusii FC VS Murang’a Seal and Shabana FC vS Kisumu All Stars this weekend.