By Fred Maingi
Former KPL side Re-Union put up a gallant show before going down narrowly 1-2 to Nairobi Division two side Mbotela Kamaliza in a pulsating friendly clash staged at the Mbotela Grounds.
The home team who led 2-0 before halftime were rampant in the first half before losing their steam in the second stanza.
Re exploded in the second with constant attacks that ended up in fruitless corners or cleared in the danger zone.
The home team scored in the first through Brian Aden and Onesmus Omwoko for a 2-0 lead.
Coached by former Gor Mahia youth tactician Maurice Onyango, Re-Union led by Dennis “Oliech” Odhiambo, Prince Shindano, Jackton Yongo, and Juma Kevin were a joy to watch but failed to utilise their chances.
Their efforts paid dividends in the 75th min when Silvester Lishama pulled one back for the Ziwani based side.
Mbotela Keeper Odhiambo Okello was a busy man between the posts after blocking efforts by Re captain Edwin Campbell, Amos Nzau,and Bramwel Were from scoring.
Mbotela coach Geoffrey Ojwang praised Re-Union players saying they were good in ball possession and fighting spirit but were let down by poor finishing .
Re coach(Maurice Onyango) said he was impressed by his players performance but insisted he will work out on finishing.
Club secretary General Caleb Ochieng said the team was in great form but pleaded with well wishers and sponsors to come on board and support the club.