By Reuben Olita
A late ‘gift’ goal earned Bungoma Journalists a 2-1 laboured victory against their Busia counterparts in a friendly match at the Busia County Stadium on Saturday.
The match officiated by former FIFA referee Margaret Omondi saw Busia start the match looking more composed in the first half with Benjamin Wakoli and Elias Iteba marshalling the midfield and Franklin Bwire and Gaetano Pessa playing their offensive roles.
The move paid off dividends in the 22nd Minute when Busia took the lead through Pessa whose first time shot hit roof net following a perfect pass from Iteba.
Leading 1-0 at half time, Busia suffered a setback a minute into the second half when their dependable striker Franklin Bwire limped off the field to be replaced by Oduya Okong’o.
A minute later the now rejuvenated Bungoma scribes levelled the score through Conrad Kuchio after receiving a pass from Mentor Jay.
Busia suffered another setback when their left fullback Joseph Abuje was injured, and was replaced by Collins Wesonga.
The goal that dumped the spirits of the fighting hosts came in the 68th minute when Hillary Wesonga’s 30 metres free kick was helped into the net by Busia goalkeeper Seth Nero.
“In Busia we don’t become the hosts and have the fan base and still force a win, we become kind enough and let our guests return home with some joy, hence the results, ” said Busia journalist Felix Odero.
Bungoma captain Duncan Kwoba said they came to Busia to win and they achieved the feat, telling their opponents to come with a basket of goals in the return leg next month in Bungoma.
Busia captain Benjamin Wakoli blamed their defeat on injuries of some of his top players, telling their opponents not to rule them out when the two teams clash again in the return leg.
Busia team head coach Ignatius Odanga said goalkeeping error cost them the match, promising to pull a surprise in the return leg.
Ford Kenya communication officer John Mondo said they came in to support the event as part of their long term plans to empower the journalists.
Mondo said that journalists working with some media houses were underpaid; hence this needs to empower them to venture into other productive income generating activities. Busia Women representative Florence Mutua is one of the leaders who stood with the journalists in this noble course.
Spotted on the stands during the match was Kenya National Union of Teachers Bungoma Branch Executive Secretary General Ken Ngangah.