Muchiri toasts Tusker to victory


Tusker FC players celebrates players celebrates Boniface Muchiri's goal against Nakumatt FC during their SportPesa ...
Tusker FC players celebrates players celebrates Boniface Muchiri's goal against Nakumatt FC during their SportPesa Premier League match against Tusker FC at the Ruaraka grounds on October 18, 2017. Tusker FC won 1-0. Photo.Sportpicha.
Boniface Muchiri got off the bench to give Tusker FC their second Kenyan Premier League (KPL) win on the bounce following a 1-0 victory over Nakumatt FC at the Ruaraka grounds on Wednesday.
It also marked the second win in as many matches for Francis Baraza who was appointed interim coach following the suspension of head coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe.
Baraza marked his debut with an emphatic 4-0 win over Muhoroni Youth FC and while Wednesday’s result was less spectacular, it lifted them to fourth on the 18-team KPL log. However, their slim win over Nakumatt has fired them to the third slot on 46 points, 17 shy of run-away leaders Gor Mahia.
The game burst to life towards the end of the first half as both sides scrambled to find the advantage before the break. Humphrey Mieno should have put Tusker into the lead but failed to control the ball properly inside the box, missing a golden opportunity.
Nakumatt FC goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade reacts during their SportPesa Premier League match against Tusker FC at the Ruaraka grounds on October 18, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/sportpicha.
Nakumatt FC goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade reacts during their SportPesa Premier League match against Tusker FC at the Ruaraka grounds on October 18, 2017. Photo/Stafford Ondego/sportpicha.
The visitors came knocking again, forcing Nakumatt into conceding a foul close to the by-line of the right flank. The resultant free-kick was parried to the opposite end by keeper Ezekiel Owade. Danson Kago picked the pieces on the left  on a follow up but his attempted cross was blocked by Collins Shivachi.
Nakumatt however failed to  provide adequate supply to their danger-man Kepha Aswani, the joint KPL top scorer with Gor Mahia FC’s Jacques Tuyisenge on 12 goals, cutting  a frustrated figure in the contest.
Peter Nzuki whipped a teasing cross but David Naftali – under pressure from Asike – was unable to get any contact on it as the ball  flew across keeper Duncan Ochieng’s goal.
Nakumatt FC players David Gateri and Peter Nzuki blocks a free-kick during their SportPesa Premier League match at the Ruaraka grounds on October 18, 2017. Tusker FC won 1-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.
Nakumatt FC players David Gateri and Peter Nzuki blocks a free-kick during their SportPesa Premier League match at the Ruaraka grounds on October 18, 2017. Tusker FC won 1-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.
Moments later, Tusker made a probing move after Noah Wafula was fed through by Mieno but he scuffed his shot.
Another flowing move involving Osumba and Okeyo saw the former tee Wafula up but his first-time cross went just inches beyond Allan Wanga’s head.

For Citizen TV updates
Join @citizentvke Telegram channel



Video Of The Day: Some MPs plan to shoot down Uhuru\'s proposal on VAT

Story By Matthews Mutai
More by this author