Tusker, Sofapaka drop vital points

By nesta kizito
Sep 27, 2021
  • Sofapaka's John Baraza positions for the ball during their match against Sony Sugar at Kasarani.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Nairobi City players celebrate after scoring a goal against Tusker.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Tusker and Sofapaka slipped up in their respective quests for the Kenyan Premier League title by dropping vital points in matches played on Friday evening at the Moi international Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Defending champions Tusker were shocked 3-2 by Nairobi City Stars in an early kick off that severely jolted their hopes of retaining the title while Sofapaka failed to draw level with Gor Mahia after only managing a barren draw with Sony Sugar in a contest that failed to light up.

The results have eased the pressure on Gor Mahia who now stands a chance of further widening the gap at the top when they play against Chemelil Sugar on Saturday.

Sofapaka will, however, remain second on the table with 39 point, two adrift of Gor Mahia ahead of Saturday’s fixtures.

Tusker are none movers in fourth place but could plummet four places down the log in the event that all the four teams behind them - Thika United, Ulinzi Stars, AFC Leopards and Chemelil Sugar - reap maximum points from their respective matches.

The match between Tusker and City Stars was the most exciting of the double header. The brewers looked like they were cruising to a routine win racing to a 2-1 lead at the break.

But two second half goals from City Stars turned the game on its head to put the brewers’ ascendancy in in check.

Tusker got off to a strong start opening the score sheet in the ninth minute through teenage striker Michael Olunga who met a neat cross from the right flank with a sweetly struck half volley.

Short-lived joy

City Stars came back into the game for the first time in the 26th minute with Bruno Sserunkuma scoring the first of his two goals.

But their joy was short-lived. Almost immediately after the restart, Tusker regained the lead through Khalid Aucho’s strike for a 2-1 scoreline at the break.

Tusker went to sleep in the second half as City Stars took charge of the proceedings. The Kawangware side was duly rewarded midway through the second half when John Makwata finished off Jimmy Bageya’s spadework with surgical precision leaving Tusker goalkeeper George Opiyo clutching straws.

The goal revitalized City Stars' resolve as Tusker struggled to stay in the game. The match decider came with less than five minutes remaining on the clock.

The goal was a carbon copy of Olunga’s match opener with Sserunkuma smashing a half volley from a delicately floated cross from the right wing well past Opiyo for the match’s coup de grace.

The result meant that Tusker will remain fourth on the table with 35 points from 24 matches, while the Kawangware side moved one place up to tenth place with 30 points.

The second encounter was a dull affair with neither Sofapaka nor Sony Sugar showing any real urgency upfront.

Chances were few and far apart but second half substitute David Nyanzi almost pulled a shocker in the dying minutes with a well taken shot that Sofapaka goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng did well to tip against the upright.