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Tusker drop points, Sofapaka down Ushuru

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Tusker Allan Wanga scores against Western Stima.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Tusker Allan Wanga scores against Western Stima.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13- Kenyan Premier League leaders Tusker FC missed a chance to pull further away from second placed champions Gor Mahia after being held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Western Stima at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

The ten-time champions would have moved seven clear at the apex but the single point gained from Henry Omino’s Stima sees them pull the gap only to five points with Gor set to play Posta Rangers on Sunday in Nairobi.

Joash Onyango levelled scores a minute after the break, cancelling out Allan Wanga’s 10th minute opener.

At the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Sofapaka pulled off the bottom of the league standings for the first time this season with a 2-0 win over Ushuru while Muhoroni beat visiting Thika United 1-0.

The result sees Batoto ba Mungu move to 15th on 15 points, seven behind 14th placed Ushuru and two ahead of Nairobi City Stars who face Mathare United on Sunday.

“It’s a big result for us. It shows that we are working well and winning back-to-back plus keeping clean sheets in all the matches is good for us. We will not give up, we will continue fighting and I believe at the end of the season we will see the result,” an emotional Sofapaka head coach David Ouma said.

The 2009 champions, who have seen their fortunes drastically drop this season scored twice within three minutes late in the second half after Ushuru head coach Ken Kenyatta was sent to the stands for protesting a decision by the referee.

Kenyatta’s absence on the touchline seemed to have had an effect on his side as they went a goal down five minutes to the final whistle after former Posta Rangers striker Charles Pilipili volleyed the ball home.

Three minutes later, Brian Magonya made it 2-0 with a brilliant header after running behind the defense to put the ball past keeper Shaban Odhoji, who met a superb cross from former Ushuru man Moses Odhiambo.

Roy Okal saw the woodwork deny him, with a brilliant curling effort from 20 yards out.

 

Sofapaka improved massively in the second half especially with the introduction of Samuel Mutira and Ezekiel Okare and were ultimately rewarded with two late goals.

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