Tusker tops KPL standings after a draw with Gor Mahia
Tusker FC moved back to the top of Kenyan Premier League after holding Gor Mahia to a barren draw at Nyayo Stadium on Wednesday evening. Both teams came close to scoring with Tusker having two goals disallowed for offside while Gor Mahia went misfiring for the better part of the match.
Congolese import Demonde Selenga weaved the first good move of the game after outwitting three Tusker players and then finding Collins Omondi but timely intervention by Tusker defense prevented further damage.
New Tusker signing Hillary Echesa effort in the 6th minute ended up in a corner that was duly saved. In the 9th minute Demonde Selenga had a great effort but his header went top of the post after a good long ball from Solomon Nasio.
Midway through the first half,Tusker took the game to Gor Mahia but another timely intervention by captain and keeper Fred Onyango foiled the brewers striking department efforts. George Midenyo received a great cross from Jockins Atudo but the assistant referee ruled him for offside.
Gor Mahia replied with a Collins Omondi's effort after a poor clearance by lanky Tusker defender Joseph Shikokoti. Former Gor Mahia man Ibrahim Kitawi then set up Maurice Odipo but latters final shot went off target.
With five minutes to the break Jockins Atindo unleashed a powerful low free kick shot but keeper Fred Onyango was up to the task to end the first half evenly balanced.
The second period saw Gor Mahia pack their midfield to disrupt a dominant Tusker side’s ball flow.Immediately after the break ,Tusker won a corner after a misdirected header by Eric Masika but it didn’t trouble K’Ogalo defensve as Atudo shot wide. In the 51st minute, George Midenyo thought he had given Tusker the lead but the assistant linesman flag was up for an offside.
In the 55th Demonde Selenga’s shot went straight into keeper Oluoch’s gloves after a sleek back heel from Wycliff Ochomo.Selenga then failed to connect well with substitute Kevin Omondi's great cross infront of goal thus allowing Tusker defense to recover.
Tusker’s pressed forward again with George Midenyo’s advancing well into Gor Mahia box but great defending by Akumu saved the day for K'Ogalo.In the 69th minute Jockins Atundo goal for Tusker was ruled for offside.
With ten minutes to the end ,Coach Pamzo Omollo threw in Nigerian Joseph Emeka for George Midenyo while Zico opted for Ivans Anguyo in place of for Anthony Akumu. Paul Were’s late entrance in place of Kitawi added some impetus to Tusker’s striking force but it was Crispin Olando who missed the last opportunity for Tusker after another great save by Fred Onyango
In the post-match interview, Coach Pamzo Omollo was unhappy that they didn’t break the K’Ogalo jinx but nevertheless termed the 90 minutes as a great game.
Gor Mahia’s Zico on his part said the match was a tough one “The Game was tough, Tusker kept on pressing in second half but we waited for a counter attack.”
New KPL Standings order
The draw allowed Tusker overthrow Rangers from the top KPL spot with 34 point.Rangers are second on 33 points while Gor Mahia are third with 31 points but have a game on hand over the top two teams.