Sony Sugar blanked Western Stima 3-0 in a preseason friendly match played a Moi Stadium, Kisumu on Wednesday afternoon.
Enoch Agwanda scored a brace with Duncan Otanga adding the third as the Sugar Millers recorded a comfortable win as they continued with preseason preparations.
Agwanda put the Patrick Odhiambo-coached men ahead after nine minutes when he sent in low volley from Ambrose Ayoi’s cross. Stima nearly levelled 18 minutes later when Ian Otieno’s goal bound shot was tipped over by Sony Sugar’s shot stopper Kevin Omondi for a fruitless corner.
Agwanda and Ayoi remained a thorn in Western Stima’s rearguard with the pair combining to extend their lead. Ayoi picked a loose ball on the left flank and sent tantalizing through ball for Agwanda to coolly shoot past a hapless Antony Abonyo in Powermen’s goal.
Paul Ogai made changes to his Western Stima charges in the second stanza as he sought to inject fresh ideas in his flailing team. The changes failed to bear fruit as Otanga tapped in from close range with 15 minutes to go for a 3-0 final score.
“We just wanted to test all the players in today’s match and ensure every one remains match fit ahead of the season. You’ll see a different Stima when the league starts,” Ogai told Nation Sport.
His Sony Sugar counterpart said that he was satisfied with his boys performance noting that his aim is to finish in to the top half of the league at the end of the season. “My boys are responding well to the training and we hope to finish in a better position than last year’s” he said.
The Awendo-based side has recruited six new players and released seven players as they fine tune for next week’s league kick off. Sony Sugar have snapped up former Tusker FC’s trio of Robert Achemo, Apollo Otieno and Kennedy Owino. Other new signings are Ronny Omino, Patrick Ochieng and former Nairobi Stima goalkeeper John Njau.
Castro Ombara, Bernad Otieno and Collins Netto have parted ways with the club. Other players departing the club are Fredrick Ochieng, John Omweri, Kevin Oluoch and Salim Sowedi.