Relegation-battling Thika United received a lifeline after stunning Tusker 1-0 in a SportPesa Premier League (SPL) match played at a muddy Tusker ground yesterday.
Tusker failed to seize home advantage and conceded in the 35th minute when pacy Thika United winger Shami Kibwana broke through the left flank and teed up Eugene Mukangula who tapped in past goalkeeper David Okello.
The early exchanges were balanced but as the match wore on, Thika United proved hungrier for goals as Kibwana, Mukangula and Peter Okoth launched raid after another in Tusker’s goalmouth.
Earlier on, Danson Kago’s presence in Tusker’s left wing was felt but Humphrey Mieno and Brian Osumba could not make use of the numerous crosses he floated in their path.
In the 25th minute, Kago’s efforts in search of a goal was frustrated by astute defending by Christopher Orochum as the match nearly spiralled out of control forcing referee Davis Omweno to book Thika’s Dennis Odhiambo and Lloyd Wahome of Tusker for rough play.
Tusker soaked pressure towards the end of the first half and were lucky to survive predatory instincts by Kibwana who was later stretchered off with an injury.
In Kasarani, a 15th minute penalty conversion by Samuel Olwande was all what Mathare United needed to edge out Nzoia Sugar 1-0.
Nzoia will count themselves unlucky not to have won the match or shared the spoils at worst after wasting several sitters mainly from Festus Okiring’ and Edgar Nzano.
Later at the same venue, AFC Leopards struggled to prevail 1-0 over Nakumatt, Andrew Tololwa scoring the lone goal in the 15th minute with a powerful header following a free kick by Duncan Otieno.