Tusker FC and Bandari reach GOtv quarters

By alex wafula
Jul 23, 2017
  • Cercidy Okeyo of Tusker FC in action against Sofapaka who have Kariobangi Sharks in their sights on Sunday. Tusker FC already qualified for the GOtv quarters. (SNA. File Photo).

  • KPL All Stars' Vincent Oburu (L) tackled by Seville Atletico's Jose Alonso. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

Tusker FC, the defending champions and 2015 winners Bandari sailed through to the quarter finals of the GOtv Shield.

Fellow Premier League side Kakamega Homeboyz lost to second tier side Vihiga United.

Tusker, looking to win the title for a second consecutive time beat fourth tier side Butterfly FC 4-1 at the Kinoru Stadium in Meru.

The alemen were in no mood for errors and it showed with coach George Nsimbe naming a strong team for the game.

Within the opening 30 minutes, the holders were 2-0 up. New signing David Mwangi got his first goal for the club with a neat header before Mike Khamati added the second in the 27th minute.

Daniel Age’s penalty halved the deficit for Butterfly and opened up their way for a comeback, but the door was slammed on their faces with Brian Osumba restoring the two goal advantage with a 37th minute goal.

Paul Odhiambo capped off the day for the brewers with a belter from outside the box on the hour mark as Tusker sealed a ticket to the quarters.

In Mombasa, Noah Abich’s penalty at the death gave Bandari a 3-2 win over Nakumatt in a hotly contested tie.

Anthony Wambani and Hassan Abdallah’s goals had given Bandari an early 2-0 lead, but Nakumatt fought back with Kepha Aswani and Boniface Akenga scoring in either half to equalize.

With the game heading for penalties, David Tevelu was flagged for handling inside the box in the 91st minute and Abich stepped forward to slot home the decider.

Wazito and Eldoret FC qualify

Elswehere,  Eldoret Youth and Wazito FC also sailed to the quarters, Emmanuel Sabuni reports from Eldoret.

The two teams which play in the National Super League (NSL) and Division One moved the fans with different reactions. 

In the first match, Eldoret Youth under the management of former Harambee Stars player Peter Kihamba narrowly beat Savanna Cement 3-2. 

The second encounter saw Wazito bundled out Global Field Evangelism 105 2-0.

Kelvin Cheti netted the first goal after only two minutes. The Kihamba boys extended the lead in 16th minute from a goal by Philip Okoth. 

On resumption, Francis Njoroge converted a penalty in the 69th minute afte Eldoret Youth defender Kevin Otieno handled the ball box to extend the lead  2-1.

Substitute James Thindu equalized in the 71st minute following his solo effort from the centre beating four defenders and his low shot rolled into the empty net after Eldoret Youth keeper Reagan Wanjala was displaced. 

Amos Masumbi almost made it 3-2 for the visitors but his shot, after beating Wanjala, hit the cross bar.

Leading by example, Captain Joseph Oyugi ensured that his side progressed to the last eight when he capitalized on a mistake by Savanna’s keeper Antony Ishinyiso who failed to contain Thindu’s shot and slotted home in the 79th minute for the winner. 

Good win 

Kihamba, who joined the coaching team recently said it was a good win for the side and expects to perform well in the coming matches.

“We deserved a win at home and we are looking forward to know our opponent and hope to extend the win again,” said the former national player.    

In the second match, GFE 105 failed to shine at home when they went down 2-0. 

The host’s went down two unanswered goals by Wazito FC. Kennedy Ayako netted twice for the Nairobi side to progress. 

He volleyed the opener in the seventh minute. Ayako completed his brace in the second half. 

In Spain, Segunda B side Sevilla Atletico beat KPL All-Stars in the second friendly.

Christian Gonzalez’s 15th minute goal handed the Kenyan Premier League All-Star team their second loss in their tour of Spain as they went down by a solitary goal to Second Division club Sevilla Atletico.

The team which arrived in Spain last Monday had earlier lost 4-0 to another second tier side Cordoba CF on Wednesday.

Weekend GOtv Shield fixtures (Kick off 3 p.m. unless specified)

Saturday: Bandari 3 Nakumatt 2 (Mbaraki Complex), Eldoret Youth 3 Savannah 2, GFE 105 0 Wazito FC 2 (Kipchoge Keino Stadium Eldoret), Tusker FC 4 Butterfly FC 1 (Kinoru Stadium), Kakamega Homeboyz 1 (6) Vihiga United 1 (7)(Mumias), SoNy Sugar 1 Nzoia Sugar 0 (Awendo).

Sunday: Sofapaka v Kariobangi Sharks (Nyayo Stadium).