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Echesa last gasp goal denies Tusker win

Tusker FC head coach Paul Nkata issuing instructions. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.
Tusker FC head coach Paul Nkata issuing instructions. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.

MACHAKOS, Kenya, July 17- Substitute Allan Wanga scored his debut goal as Kenyan Premier League leaders Tusker FC were held to a 2-2 draw by visitors Chemelil Sugar at Kenyatta’s Machakos Stadium on Sunday.

Wanga who had come in at the hour mark for Mike Khamati sneaked in behind the defense as Noah Wafula’s corner evaded everyone in the box, but his delight of a dream return to the club he helped to the league title in 2007 was thwarted by Hillary Echesa in the 90th minute.

The experienced midfielder who has scored in all of Chemelil’s second leg matches stretched in to beat David Okello at goal after Erastus Mwaniki had glanced through a deep cross from Samuel Ouma.

It was a frantic end to a rather scrappy and hands back affair between the two sides.

The chasing pack of Gor Mahia, Mathare United and Ulinzi Stars will now breathe a sigh of relief as a win by the Brewers would have seen them open the gap between them.

Chemelil right back Willis Ouma scored against his former Sofapaka team mate Okello with 15 minutes to play, canceling out Lloyd Wahome’s 45th minute header to end a scrappy first half that saw both sides lack intensity.

Chemelil had the ball behind the net in the 10th minute after David Ojuang glanced in a header from an Ouma cross on the left, but second assistant referee Oliver Ouma had his flag up for offside.

Both sides struggled to string passes together nor threaten the opposition goal, much of the play being concentrated in a scrappy midfield affair.

The game lit up, on Tusker’s end, in the dying minutes of the game, resulting in Wahome rising highest amidst Chemelil defenders to head in from a freekick floated in by his defensive partner Eugene Asike.

The goal had come just a minute following Wahome’s volley after Noah Wafula had knocked down an Asike freekick being deflected for a corner.

At the start of the second half, Tusker head coach Paul Nkata pulled out Luis Misiko for 2014 Kenya Premier League most valuable player Antony Ndolo with striker Wanga making his first appearance for Tusker coming in for Khamati on the hour mark.

Chemelil pushed Tusker and were rewarded in the 75th minute when Willis Ouma’s volley after Hashim Sempala had headed back to him a long throw trickled its way into the net after Jared Obwoge had dummied infront of Okello.