Tusker storm to the top of the log, Taxmen raid Bankers

By nesta kizito
Feb 22, 2021
  • Tusker FC Khalid Aucho dribbles past Western Stima's Sammy Kiplagat during the match at the Nyayo National Stadium.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • KCB Paul Mungai Kiongera reacts after his shot is stopped by KRA Goalkeeper Phillip Odhiambo.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Tusker staged a dramatic comeback by hammering Western Stima 3-1 to jump start their title campaign in an explosive Kenyan Premier League match at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.

After a barren first half, the match burst into life immediately after the break with John Kiplagat pouncing on a loose ball to give Stima the lead in the 53rd minute. But the power purveyors’ lead was short lived. It only took ten minutes for the brewers to hit back with three quick-fire goals within a ten-minute spell.

With Francis Kimanzi looking for his first league win on Tusker’s bench, the shrewd tactician reactivated his Mathare United connection with all three of his team’s goals being netted by former Mathare United players. First, it was Jesse Were who cancelled Stima’s lead with a 62nd minute strike.

Seven minutes later, the returning 2012 KPL player of the year Kevin Kimani doubled Tusker’s advantage before Osborne Monday hammered the final nail in Stima’s coffin.

The result provisionally lifted Tusker to the top of the league standings with 4 points ahead of Sunday’s matches. In their first match last weekend, Tusker settled for a 1-1 draw with Thika United.

KRA stun KCB

In an earlier match at the same venue, debutants KRA stunned KCB 1-0 to register the first victory in the top flight league.

Roosevelt Blaty scored the match winner in the 55th minute. It was a sweet victory for the taxmen who were beaten 2-0 by Bandari last weekend in their maiden appearance in the Kenyan Premier League.

In Nakuru, hosts To Fry Nakuru succumbed to their second straight defeat falling 0-1 to Thika United.

Former Tusker striker Michael Olunga scored the all-important goal in the second with a fine individual effort after rounding his marker before planting the ball into the net.

At the Chemelil Sports Complex, hosts Chemelil Sugar rallied from one goal down to beat Muhoroni Youth 2-1. Muhoroni drew first blood early in the second half through Enos Ochieng who headed home Ezekiel Otuoma's cross.

However, the hosts composed themselves and drew level in the 69th minute when James Omino headed in a cross from David Nyanzi.

Three minutes later, Nyanzi registered his name on the score sheet with yet another header to bag all three points for the sugar millers.