2012 Kenya Secondary School football champions St. Anthony’s Boys Kitale started their quest for another national title with a 1-0 win over a stubborn Shimba Hills in a group A match played at Moi Stadium in Kisumu.
Shimba dominated the game and created the best chances of the match. However, a moment of magic from Daniel Musamali in the 60th minute settled the game.
Shimba had the first opportunity of the game in the 6th minute when Said Msaji was picked inside the penalty area but he failed to direct his shot on target shooting over the bar.
Two minutes later Woodvine Okoth had a go on Shimba Hills goal but his attempt went over the bar.
Shimba was clearly dictating proceedings in the early stages with Kadiri Omar, Msaji and Jenga Bakari causing St. Anthony’s problems.
Omar Tahta thought he had given Shimba the lead in the lead in the 22nd minute but his ferocious shot came off the upright. Saints’ Okoth was denied moments later from another long-range effort.
The Saints slowly grew into the game as the clock ticked and towards halftime, it was more of a balanced affair although Saints’ attacking trio of Tyson Kapchanga, Geoffrey Onjuati, and Jacob Onyango barely threatened Shimba rearguard.
Shimba started the second half equally strongly raiding in search of a goal. However, wastefulness in front of goal saw them spun many chances. The Saints were reduced to defending deeply.
Against the run of play, St. Anthony’s took the lead through Daniel Musamali who curled home a superb freekick from the edge of the area.
Shimba went all out in search of a goal and even won a penalty they had won reversed after the match officials consulted but the Saints managed to hold them to pick maximum points.