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Tusker, Gor even out as Brewers claim top spot


NAIROBI, Kenya, August 3- The much hyped midweek top of the table clash between Gor Mahia and Tusker FC ended in a barren stalemate at Nyayo National Stadium on Tuesday night.

During the high paced encounter where chances were traded on both ends, Tusker had the ball in the net in the 67th minute of the second half through Jockins Atudo but his close range header was ruled out for offside.

A minute earlier, Demonde Selenga, the hero when Gor trumped archrivals AFC Leopards at the same stadium a fortnight ago, spurned K’Ogalo’s best chance when he fluffed his shot from pin point low pass from Collins Omondi.

In the end, both teams inched up a position with the Brewers moving a point ahead of Rangers at the top on 34 as Gor climbed to third, three adrift.

But in a rich serving of top local football, both teams laid their title credentials as they evened out as Gor dominated the first half before Tusker rose to the ascendancy in the second.

Gor started without regulars Edwin Lavatsa and Collins Okoth due to injury but they set-off the blocks in emphatic fashion when Wycliffe Ochomo brought on a Solomon Nasio cross but Selenga failed to keep his header down.

Maurice Odipo had Tusker first chance on 16 minutes but Gor keeper Jerim Onyango quickly raced off his line to snuff the danger.

Onyango held onto a long range free kick by Jockins Atudo on 40 minutes in the notable last bit of first half action.

Selenga scuppered another opportunity on 49 minutes by failing to beat Oluoch from 18 yards out off a slick back heel by Ochomo.

Hajj Mwachoki then released Omondi down the left but the Congolese born forward contrived to get his boot to the ball with Oluoch rooted to his spot.

A minute later, Tusker thought they had gained the advantage but Atudo was correctly ruled offside when his glancing header nestled on the net.