Tusker take Zetech to school to romp to GOtv Shield quarters
Tusker FC became the first side to book their place in the quarter finals of the GOtv Shield after taking Zetech University to school in a 3-0 hiding at the Nyayo Stadium on Friday.
Mid season acquisition Allan Wanga, Anthony Ndolo and Danson Kago were on target in the first half as the Brewers comfortably cruised past the students.
Tusker Head Coach Paul Nkata fielded a largely unchanged side with Wanga and Humphrey Mieno the only notable inclusions after missing out on the previous Kenyan Premier League (KPL) game against Kakamega Homeboyz.
The Ugandan Tactician heaped praise on his team after the match insisting they really needed the boost as they headed to their next game.
“It was a tough match especially in the second half, we tried to close them down but they were really persistent. I made the quick second half substitutions so that my players could some playing time and from here we are going to rest for a few days before we prepare for our next encounter,” he offered.
His opposite number, Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo attributed inexperience for the loss while hailing his charges for making it this far.
“My boys could have salvaged the situation after the first goal but we were punished for our complacency. In the second half we gave a better account of ourselves but by then it was too late,” the former Harambee Stars international revealed.
The university side’s naivety got the better of them and they were made to pay for it with a relentless Tusker side dominating proceedings from start to finish.
Ndolo, the 2014 KPL Player of the Year broke the deadlock 11 minutes into the game slotting it into an empty net after Wanga had pounced on a goalkeeping error in the opposition’s box to lay the assist.
The KPL table toppers doubled the lead two minutes to the half hour mark with Kago scoring after capitalizing on a goal mouth melee sparked by Shafik Batambuze’s in swinger
Wanga finally got his name on the score sheet a minute later, showing his predatory skills to get on the end of a mistimed pass before firing a thumping shot to the back of the net.
The 2012 KPL champions were back on the charge three minutes later with Kago’s dashing run on the right flank and releasing Wanga whose header flew just over the bar.
Zetech announced their intentions coming off the restart with their man of the match, Isaac Njau unloading a fierce swerving shot that worked the Brewer’s keeper.
With the game firmly in their control, Nkata made a double substitution five minutes after the break sending in Mieno and Clifford Alwanga in place of Cersidy Lumumba and Ndolo.
Zetech’s best chance of the game fell to George Odaro in the 69th when his screamer from outside the box was tipped over by a fully stretched Martin Musalia who denied the minnows a route back to the game.
Musalia came to the rescue of the Ruaraka-based club again in the dying minutes of the game; parrying out Anthony Abwao’s shot from outside the 18 yard box for a fruitless corner.
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