Tusker pile misery on Leopards, Gor stumble again
- Tusker FC plundered four past AFC Leopards in Machakos as they completed a 4-0 rout of the domestic giants to leave their hopes of achieving a second-place Kenyan Premier League finish in tatters
- The defeat sealed back to back defeats for Leopards within the space of three days following Sunday's 1-0 Cup loss to Sofapaka FC, which effectively ended their last chance at winning a title this season
Tusker FC plundered four past AFC Leopards in Machakos as they completed a 4-0 rout of the domestic giants to leave their hopes of achieving a second-place Kenyan Premier League (KPL) finish in tatters.
The defeat sealed back to back defeats for Leopards within the space of three days following Sunday’s 1-0 Cup loss to Sofapaka FC, which effectively ended their last chance at winning a title this season.
Sydney Ochieng’, Marlon Tangauzi, Boniface Muchiri and Jackson Macharia scored a goal apiece to lift Tusker into fifth on the KPL table with 50 points, level with Ulinzi Stars and Sofapaka FC.
“Everything went right the way we planned is the way it went, these team has improved so much in the recent times and aim happy with my players.
“We knew that Leopards had lost the game on Sunday and they will come attacking, but our strategy was to cool them down then counter attack them and it worked,” Tusker head coach Robert Matano said after the match.
His opposite number Rodolfo Zapata blamed the defeat to lack of commitment but could likely also face questions over his future.
“We played very good football in the first 30 minutes, we created three to four very clear chances but failed to convert them. This is exactly what happened last week and in football if you don’t score the opponent scores you lose,” Zapata said.
In Kasarani, Posta Rangers missed a second-minute penalty and conceded a late goal as Mathare United snatched a 1-0 victory at the Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday.
Cliff Alwanga scored the all-important goal in the 87th minute to seal all three points for the hosts as Posta slumped to their successive KPL loss.
Posta were awarded a penalty in the opening minutes when Joseph Nyaga was hacked down inside the area but Gearson Likono put it over the bar with a dreadful kick.
At the Mumias Complex in Kakamega County, Gor Mahia FC suffered their third successive KPL defeat and fifth in all competitions after falling 2-0 to Vihiga United.
Amos Kigadi and Dennis Wafula scored in either half of the match as Vihiga pulled five points clear of the relegation zone with two rounds left to play.
In Kericho, hosts Zoo FC defeated Ulinzi Stars 1-0 to secure their top flight status with Bernard Odhiambo netting the winner in the first half.
At the Camp Toyoyo Grounds in Nairobi, Nakumatt FC and Nzoia Sugar shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw while Kariobangi Sharks defeated Wazito FC 2-1 in Machakos.
-Report by John Kyanda and James Were
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