Tusker pile more misery on Bandari


Tusker FC players celebrates a goal against Timothy Otieno's goal against Mathare United FC during ...
(FILE)Tusker FC players celebrates a goal against Timothy Otieno's goal against Mathare United FC during their SportPesa Premier League match at Ruaraka stadium in Nairobi Kenya on September 23, 2018. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Veteran midfielder Humphrey Mieno scored a second half winner to hand Tusker a 1-0 victory over Bandari whose woeful Kenyan Premier League (KPL) form continued at at the Ruaraka Grounds on Sunday.
  • Mieno scored the only goal for the match 11 minutes into the second half, after a beautiful play from the brewers to hand Bandari their fourth defeat in the last five KPL matches.

Veteran midfielder Humphrey Mieno scored a second half winner to hand Tusker a 1-0 victory over Bandari, whose woeful Kenyan Premier League (KPL) form continued at at the Ruaraka Grounds on Sunday.

Mieno scored the only goal of the match 11 minutes into the second half, after a beautiful play from the brewers to hand Bandari their fourth defeat in the last five KPL matches.

In what was an average match witnessed in the first half, both teams didn’t have much to show off, with the poor state of Ruaraka stadium highlighting the game.

A muddy and slippy ground, water logged field painted the fixture.

Speaking with Citizen Digital after the match, Mieno was optimistic that they will continue with the good form, although he downplayed any title winning possibilities, saying that they are handling a match at a time.

On the state of the stadium, Mieno has called upon the government and other stakeholders to help in building sports facilities.

On his part, Tusker Fc head coach Robert Matano,  praised his players whose performances has seen them climb to second on the log. He has also urged stakeholders to pump in more efforts in sports facilities.

“When we were young, we used to come and play here and we thought it was heaven. But football is growing each day and all those in charge of sports management should up their game, our football cannot grow in such status” he said.

Bandari Team Manager Wilson Obungu is hopeful that their form will be back, although he decried wastage of chances from his players, while he hinted at new signings come the January transfer window.

“Our attacking has been very poor, we have lost a lot of chances and I know the coach will try to find fresh legs but right now the biggest issue is to motivate our players. I know the recent run of poor performances has caused some mental destruction” he said.

Obungu also critised the state of Ruaraka stadium, which he affirmed that they have been appealing to the governing body not to allow fixtures there, yet nothing has been done so far.

“We have written several letters to the federation citing the poor state of this stadium but our pleas are falling on deaf ears. Players are now prone to injuries playing in such facilities and even teams are cannot play beautiful football because of the ground, where the ball has to be kicked all time” Obungu added.

The results now leaves Tusker second on the log, a points behind leaders Gormahia who have two games in hand while Bandari is 13th with 11 points.

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