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Tusker bottled, Thika switch Stima off


TUSKER FCNAIROBI, April 11 – Ten-time champions Tusker FC dropped two more points, this time rallying from a goal down to settle for 2-2 against Muhoroni Youth in a four-goal Kenyan Premier League thriller in Muhoroni on Saturday.

In Kisumu, Kennedy Otieno was on target as Thika United edged out Western Stima 1-0 while Sylvester Wanyama scored from the spot to help visiting Sony Sugar silence Bandari by the same margin in Mombasa.

Nairobi City Stars picked their first point of the season in a 1-1 stalemate against Chemelil Sugar in Kisumu where Charles Odero broke the deadlock for the Sugar Millers from the spot before Calvin Masawa equalised for the Kawangware based side.

In Muhoroni, Tusker head coach, Francis Kimanzi picked his second successive draw to continue their slow start as they remained three points behind leaders, Gor Mahia who take on archrivals AFC Leopards in tomorrow’s Mashemeji Derby in one of their two matches in hand.

The Brewers found themselves chasing the game in the early minutes after Jockins Atudo conceded a penalty when he hacked down George Mandela in the box for skipper Abbas Akinyemi to score and give the Sugar Millers the lead.

After holding the visitors for over half an hour, defender Wellington Ochieng’ brought Tusker back in the game thanks to own goal but Jeremiah Wanjala restored the lead five minutes later from Franklyn Osama’s rebound.

Kevin Kimani pounced on the stroke of half-time to rescue a point when the 2011 Player of the Year tapped home Clifford Alwanga’s cross in what was the last goal in the clash as both sides proved a hard nut to crack in the second-half.

At Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium early kick-off, Mathare United played to a goalless draw with KCB before Ulinzi Stars also picked a point against hosts Ushuru at the same venue.

Former City Stars forward, Mark Makwata handed the Soldiers the lead in the seventh minute from captain Stephen Ocholla flick header.

Liberian import Roosevelt Blaty came off the bench to secure the point in the 67th, when he headed from close range a Charles Okwemba cross.

Ulinzi head coach Robert Matano said lack of concentration from his defenders cost them maximum points.

“They scored from poor marking on the left but we played well because Ushuru has not won in four matches so they wanted a draw but we tried as much as we could since it’s good to get a point rather than losing the match,” Matano stated after the match.

His opposite number, Ken Kenyatta said, “Ulinzi were tough, they are former champions so playing against them is not easy. We lost some chances, of which we could win if we could have converted since we were at home, but all in all I appreciate for the point, it’s a fair deal. I now plan for the next match.”

The league continues Sunday with the biggest one, the Mashemeji Derby taking center stage at Nyayo Stadium from 3pm local time (GMT+3) whist Sofapaka will be seeking to end four matches winless streak when they travel to Nakuru All Stars at Afraha Stadium.