Tusker stays ahead of the pack, AFC beat Top Fry

By nesta kizito
Mar 29, 2021
  • Tusker coach Francis Kimanzi issues instructions to Luke Ochieng. Tusker drew 1-1 with Muhoroni Youth.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Tusker remained on top of the Kenyan Premier League table even as they dropped crucial points against Muhoroni Youth in a match that ended 1-1 on Saturday at the latter’s home ground.

Second placed Chemelil Sugar failed to cash in on the brewers’ blip to narrow the gap at the top only managing a scoreless draw with league newcomers KRA at Chemelil Sports Complex.

AFC Leopards meanwhile grinded out a 1-0 result against Top Fry Nakuru in Mumias to post their second win of the season.

Western Stima were the day’s big winners whipping a hapless KCB 3-0 at the Nyayo National Stadium while Sofapaka were stunned 2-1 by Nairobi City Stars 2-1 at Machakos’ Kenyatta Stadium. In Muhoroni, Enos Ochieng snatched a late equalizer for the home team after Jesse Were had given Tusker the advantage in the 65th minute.

This was second straight draw for Tusker who held off league champiosn Gor Mahia 1-1 on Wednesday evening at Nyayo Stadium.

Regardless, Tusker will be pleased to move to 15 points from seven matches and with the pursuing trio of Sony Sugar, Gor Mahia and Thika United 4 points adrift, they are guaranteed top spot irrespective of the results of matches involving the three teams on Sunday.

Commanding position

Sofapaka’s loss to City Stars, their third in seven outings this season, saw them sliding two places down to eighth place on 10 points.

Two first half goals from Dennis Nganga and George Abege had put City Stars in a commanding position before Anthony Ndolo struck a late consolation for Batoto ba Mungu.

Western Stima on the other hand, scaled four places up the table, moving to third from seventh position on 13 points following their big win over the bankers.

Against KCB, Stima were dominant with goals from Shaffique Batambuze, Collins Netto and Wesley Kemboi confining the winless bankers to their fourth loss this season.

KCB, who had a memorable season last year, winding up in fourth place, are currently languishing in the drop zone.

Juma Abdallah’s men are second from bottom with 3 points from seven matches, same as basement side Top Fry.

At Mumias Sports Complex, an AFC Leopards side that has struggled for form since the start of the season, had centre back Jackson Saleh to thank for the all-important fifth minute goal against debutants Top Fry who came into the match on the backdrop of a sensational 2-0 victory over Gor Mahia last weekend in Nakuru.

But Ingwe will remain ninth on the table with 10 points, same as Sofapaka who have a better goal difference.

Saturday Results: Chemelil Sugar 0 KRA 0, Sofapaka 1 City Stars 2, Muhoroni Youth 1 Tusker 1, KCB 0 Western Stima 3, AFC Leopards 1 Top Fry Nakuru 0