Tusker Win a good precursor to Gor showdown, says Matano

By alex wafula
Aug 24, 2017
  • Tusker's Paul Odhiambo runs down the wing chased by AFC Leopards' Marcelus Ingotsi. The win was a good build up towards the match against Gor Mahia on Sunday. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

Robert Matano, the AFC Leopards coach is confident their 1-0 win over 10-man Tusker FC on Wednesday has boosted their confidence as they prepare to face an on-form Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji Derby on Sunday.

A late goal by substitute Samuel Ndung’u handed Ingwe the vital win, just a four days after a superb performance saw them progress to the semi-finals of the GOtv Shield.

“It was very important for us to win today. Winning brings confidence and as we prepare for a huge match on Sunday, this will give us the much confidence we need,” Matano said.

It wasn’t the best spectacle to watch as the two teams struggled to play a high intensity game, most likely due to a fixture pile up that will see them play four games within the space of 10 days.

Tusker’s George Nsimbe was dejected with the result, but was pleased with the performance. He however rued the red card to defender Marlon Tangauzi early in the second half.

“We played very well today compared to Saturday even when we were 10 men down. We were just unlucky we couldn’t score. But we can’t give up. We need to continue fighting because the league is a marathon,” Nsimbe offered.

With the result, AFC Leopards moved to 12th on the log while Tusker remain fifth, but the gap between them and leaders Gor Mahia keeps on growing.

Chances in the game were few. AFC Leopards showed some few flushes of brilliance going upfront with Marcelus Ingotsi and Alex Kitenge being lively, but nothing came off their forays.

Long-range efforts

The closest chances Ingwe had came off long range efforts. Aziz Okaka found some space from almost 35 yards out, but his shot went straight to Duncan Ochieng.

In the 18th minute, Victor Majid tried his luck from almost the same distance and though it troubled Ochieng a bit, the experienced custodian had his body behind the ball.

Nsimbe had made changes in midfield with both Hashim Ssempala and Brian Osumba starting up ahead of Humphrey Mieno and Jackson Macharia. They put out a different kind of energy but couldn’t get much.

The alemen were using their strength in the air via Ghanaian Stephen Owusu to try and notch in the goals. The burly forward twice came close, but both his headers from Boniface Muchiri deliveries went wide.

In the second half dynamics changed nine minutes in when Tangauzi was sent off for a second yellow, having booted Harun Nyakha’s head. Nsimbe made immediate changes, withdrawing Osumba for defender Lloyd Wahome.

The change meant Eugene Asike moved to right back where Tangauzi was playing while Wahome partnered skipper James Situma in central defense.

Still, the two sides couldn’t create chances and AFC Leopards found it hard using their one-man numerical advantage. Nyakha was withdrawn for Vincent Oburu as Matano looked to pump some pace in attack.

Nsimbe responded, bringing in Danson Kago for Paul Odhiambo. Muchiri remained the most likely of Tusker players and in the 64th minute, his shot after gliding into the box from the right went over.

Ssempala attempted his luck with a shot from distance but Gabriel Andika turned it behind for a corner. AFC finally got their goal on the counter in the 83rd minute, Ndung’u tapping home after connecting from a Kitenge cross.

Tusker almost made an immediate response with a quickly taken corner kick by Muchiri, but Mike Khamati’s clever flick at the near post went over.

Kago had a brilliant opportunity at the death after being accorded space on the right but he blasted a shot wide with a clear view of goal.