Tusker FC start title defense on a high as Sofapaka, Gor win big

By alex wafula
Jun 26, 2017
  • Tusker FC and Sofapaka were winners in the first round of the GoTV Shield which kicked off at the weekend. (SNA. File Photo)

Tusker FC, the GOtv Shield defending champions got off to a flier, beating Mombasa based side SS Assad 5-0 in a first round match at the Mbaraki Complex in Mombasa.

New boy Paul Odhiambo struck twice as coach George Nsimbe kept to his promise of fielding a strong side.

There were only minor changes to the squad, but still it was strong enough for a top flight match.

“It was a tough match because the Mombasa team also wanted to prove themselves but at the end of the day it is important to start well. We are keen on defending the cup,” Nsimbe said after the win.

Clifford Alwanga opened the scoring for the holders with a deft finish from a Eugene Asike cross.

On the other end, the hosts had a decent chance with Issa Bakari facing keeper David Okello one on one, but he could not come off with a goal.

They were punishing for the missed chance in the 26th minute when Odhiambo, recently signed from Sofapaka opened his Tusker account from a Brian Osumba cross.

Mike Khamati came close to a third for Tusker but his effort in the 36th minute was off the post. In the second half, Tusker FC completed their rout with Odhiambo getting his second while Noah Wafula and Khamati also got their names on the score-sheet.

Ulinzi Stars sweat for their win

In Machakos, last year’s finalists Ulinzi Stars kept their chase for the 2017 title but were forced to work hard before beating Nairobi regional League side Wajiji FC 1-0.

Enosh Ochieng headed home the lone goal in the 44th minute after connecting a Cliff Kasuti cross.

Benjamin Nyangweso, the Ulinzi coach made minor changes to the team with Jacktone Odhiambo starting in goal while Sylus Shitote was handed a berth at right back.

Regulars Stephen Waruru, Oliver Rutto and Daniel Waweru were all rested.

The soldiers had the most of the chances in the game with Cliff Kasuti guilty of several missed opportunities.

In the 19th minute, the youngster broke into the box but could not hit the target with the keeper on the floor, skying the ball over.

Ten minutes later, he created another chance after beating his marker, but the final ball was weak and the keeper easily collected.

In the second half, the soldiers created more opportunities, but it seemed they never carried their scoring boots on the day.

They were almost punished in the 72nd minute when keeper Odhiambo spilled the ball a few meters off his line, but Wajiji failed to make use with the Ulinzi defense reacting faster.

Sofapaka stop Silver Bullets

In the early kick off, it was a day of new signings to score as Sofapaka slapped a 9-1 defeat on Silver Bullets.

Ugandan Umar Kassumba hit four with Hansel Ochieng, Rogers Aloro, Feni Ali, Bernard Mang'oli and Meshack Karani adding one each on the haul.

Kassumba broke the deadlock in the eight minute from the penalty spot after Robert Okumu handled in the box.

Batoto ba Mungu had hugely dominated the match and they should have had more goals.

Feni Ali should have done better in the 25th minute after side stepping the keeper, but the defense were quick enough to cover.

Kassumba popped up with the second in the 26th minute, heading home a Wesley Onguso cross.

The Ugandan then completed his hatrick with a volley off a Feni Ali cross.

The dominance continued in the second half with Kassumba adding a fourth in the 67th minute with a low finish.

The new signing was then rested for Hansel Ochieng who picked up from where his predecessor had left, adding the fifth barely a minute after coming on.

The Silver Bullets who had struggled to create anything finally found a goal for themselves, when Gilbert Wandera curved home a freekick from the edge of the box.

But they could not hold on as they conceded a penalty on the other end, converted by Rodgers Aloro. Feni Ali, Mang’oli and Karani added more spice to the afternoon, scoring the last three for the 2014 champions.

Gor rally from behind

At the Thika Stadium, Gor Mahia, the record champions of the domestic cup came from behind before beating Nairobi Water 3-1 at the Thika Stadium.

Nairobi Water shocked the 10-time champions with Robinson Shitandi opening the scoring, but K’Ogalo responded with Kenneth Muguna and George Odhiambo scoring late on to give Gor a 2-1 lead at half time.

Defender Wellington Ochieng then made matters 3-1 finishing off a cross from Francis Kahata.

GOtv Shield select results

Saturday: Timsales 0 SoNy Sugar 3 (Afraha Stadium) Uweza FC 1 Bandari 3 (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Bungoma Superstars 2 Kariobangi Sharks 3 (Sudi Stadium), Dero FC 1 AFC Leopards 15 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu).

Sunday: SS Assad 0 Tusker FC 5 (Mbaraki Complex), Silver Stars 1 Sofapaka 9, Wajiji 0 Ulinzi Stars 1 (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Nairobi Water 1 Gor Mahia 3 (Thika Stadium), Bigot FC 2 Nakumatt FC 8 (Afraha Stadium), Bondo United 0 Nzoia United 2 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Wazito FC 4 PK United 0 (Camp Toyoyo).