Tusker, Vihiga play to barren draw

Tusker, Vihiga play to barren draw

Former Kenya champions Tusker Fc were n Sunday held to a barren draw by visiting Vihiga United in a KPL match staged at Ruaraka.

Eleven time Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC’s search for a third win of the season ended in futility as they were held to a barren draw by visiting Vihiga United at their Ruaraka Complex base on Sunday afternoon.

The two sides perched side by side at 13th and 14th respectively on the log failed to hit the right notes especially in the final third.

Vihiga were playing without fear in attack, but the cutting edge failed them. On the quarter hour mark, skipper Bernard Ochieng arrived with pace inside the box to meet a Patrick Okulo free kick but his strong header went over.

In the 22nd minute, Timothy Otieno wasted a glorious chance for Tusker when he received the ball inside the box, but his eventual effort after a good turn under pressure went over. The visitors thought they had a goal minutes later when Andrew Murunga swung a shot into the net, but the assistant referee had the flag up for offside.

Vihiga continued to play the ball swiftly upfront, swinging from wing to wing as they sought a way to open up the Tusker backline. They came close after 32 minutes but were denied by veteran Duncan Ochieng.

Daniel Wafula had the ball at the edge of the six yard box after it was nodded down by Vincent Wonder, but his shot was bravely kept out by Ochieng who spread his body in front of the Vihiga attacker.

Wonder had a chance himself minutes later but his free kick from the edge of the box went just over.

At the start of the second half Tusker head coach Sam Timbe changed his options upfront, Amos Asembeka and Paul Odhiambo who had struggled to have shots at goal coming off for Mathew Odongo and Mike Khamati.

The home side managed to push Vihiga into their own half but were not lucky to hit the target. On the hour mark, Hashim Ssempala came close with a shot from distance which was turned against the bar by Tiema.

On the other end, Ochieng pulled off another great save to deny his namesake, the Vihiga skipper Ochieng who had taken a one-time volley at goal from an Okulo freekick.

Tusker were almost caught out five minutes to full time when Murunga broke the offside trap to meet Okullo’s cross from the left, but the former Tusker man volleyed over.

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