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Flat Tusker, taxmen share turgid 0-0 draw

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Tusker Fc winger, Noah Wafula in action during their SportPesa Premier League match against Ushuru on August 28. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, August 28- From the onset, this turgid SportsPesa Premier League encounter had 0-0 written all over it and after 92 minutes of huffing and puffing, Ushuru and Tusker could not find a route to goal on Friday at Nairobi’s Nyayo Stadium.

In the final match of the night, Western Stima rallied from behind to beat relegation threatened Nairobi City Stars 2-1 at the same venue.

Gambian forward, Ebrima Sanneh sent the Kawangware based side a head in the seventh minute but school boy errors from City Stars keeper, Victor Odhiambo gifted Western Stima two goals in the second-half.

Wesley Kemboi brought matters level in the 73rd before Baron Oketch sealed the win six minutes latter.

The early kick off was not the best advert for the country’s top-flight football in a televised encounter where the few chances falling to either side were wasted by rash finishing and poor decision making.

Not even the return of league top scorer, Jesse Were, could inspire the brewers out of their recent slumber as they stagger towards the end of a largely underwhelming campaign by their own lofty standards.

Ceding possession to the superior side, Ken Kenyatta’s taxmen were happy to pounce on the counter and were more content with a share of the spoils.

Tusker boss, Francis Kimanzi who stretched his winless run to five, slammed his charges for failing to convert chances.

“We have to bring our confidence back because we had easy chances but we didn’t have the composure.

“They don’t give themselves reward after creating chances and it’s so sad. The opponents worked very hard defensively and were waiting for the counter and desperation saw them rush shots,” the former Harambee Stars coach whose future looks bleak at the high demanding side offered post-match.

“It was a nice game and we won a point which is good. It was a tough match and let’s hope next time, I will go for a win. My offensive player, Barack (Odhiambo) was panicking,” Kenyatta noted in his observation.

The opening half had lots of endeavour but end product where the taxmen threatened to break the deadlock after five minutes of play.

Tusker centre-back, Lloyd Wahome, handled Roosevelt Blaty’s ball in the box but referee, Judith Muhonja ruled it off as an free-kick just outside with television replays showing it was a bad judgement call.

Danson Kago had a chance to put his side ahead at the quarter hour mark when he broke through from the left to beat defender, Rodgers Ochieng but keeper, Samuel Odhiambo was in right position to parry the close range shot to keep Ushuru’s shutdown intact.

Their forward, Moses Arita, had the last presentable opportunity of the half after Nelson Marasowe put him through but the former Thika United striker will blame himself for not finding the target with a tame finish that was easily gobbled up by brewers keeper, Martin Musalia.

Kimanzi, withdrew ineffective Emmanuel Ngama for Kevin Kimani at the restart as Tusker picked the urgency but Were, who was making a come-back after missing the last two matches to attend to failed trials in South Africa, blazed wide.

Both sides did substitutions with Kenyatta introducing Evans Kiwanuka and Allan Katerega for Blaty and David Naftal as Kimanzi pulled out Kago for Ronald Musana to increase speed from the flanks.

Ushuru rendered Tusker flat by not giving them a chance to play the ball as excitement built up towards the end with a flurry of late chances.

Against the run of play, Arita saw his shot stopped by Musalia while at the other end, Odhiambo denied his former side when he punched away a Humphrey Mieno thunderous shot to see both sides share spoils.

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