SportPesa Premier League (SPL) defending champions Tusker FC edged out Sony Sugar 2-1 at Ruaraka grounds to complete a glorious five-match winning run yesterday.
The fine streak has catapulted the brewers to within four points of league leaders Gor Mahia. Veteran striker Allan Wanga opened the scores for Tusker seven minutes from half-time and lanky forward Michael Khamati marked his return to the team with a goal in the 61st minute to double Tusker’s lead.
A jaded Sony left it late before sparking into life although their endeavours were too little and too late. They, nonetheless, ensured a nervy end to the fixture after midfield prodigy Amos Asembeka converted from the spot 12 minutes from time.
The South Nyanza sugar millers pushed for a late leveller but Tusker held on for three points that capped a remarkable resurgence from relegation abyss in which George Nsimbe’s side were marooned at the start of this campaign.
At Mumias Complex, leaders Gor Mahia created a two-point buffer between them and second-placed Posta Rangers as Meddie Kagere stepped up to score the all important goal that gave K’Ogalo 1-0 victory over hosts Nzoia Sugar.
Gor bossed the game with plenty of possession but were denied penetration to score more goals and coach Ze Maria made defensive changes to close out the tie after the hosts became more menacing. The loss was Nzoia’s second in a row following their midweek drowning in Mombasa by Bandari FC.
In Machakos, Ghanaian striker Gilbert Fiamenyo yet again conjured a late goal to spare AFC Leopards the blushes as Ingwe drew 1-1 with promoted outfit Zoo Kericho.
Zoo Kericho took the lead 14 minutes into the second half courtesy of Stanlaus Akiya but Fiamenyo popped up with his 86th minute for his sixth goal of the season to spoil Zoo’s party.
Second-placed Posta Rangers preserved their impeccable start to the season but dropped two points after promoted Nakumatt held them to a goalless draw as Nicholas Muyoti earned his first point as Thika United head coach after his side were also held to a drab draw by Kakamega Homeboyz.
Meanwhile, debutants Kariobangi Sharks recorded an eye-catching victory over Bandari on Saturday to keep pace with leaders as veteran coach Henry Omino also got some reprieve after his Western Stima side scored at the death to beat Mathare United 3-2 in Kisumu.