It seems the return of Robert Matano as Tusker coach was the best thing to have happened at the brewers as they are increasingly registering impressive results that might as well see the club wind up in a respectable position in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).
Matano’s mojo as Tusker’s new coach following the sacking of Sam Timbe manifested itself at the weekend when he steered the team to a 2-0 win over Bandari at Mbaraki sports ground in Mombasa, a result that enabled them to make a great leap in making at least the top five positions in the league.
Since his arrival at Tusker after he parted ways with AFC Leopards, Matano has orchestrated three wins in a row which is why their opponents in the remaining matches have every reason to be afraid and especially given the alluring form of striker Brian Osumba whose brace sunk Bandari in the eventful match.
But Tusker paid a heavy price for the victory after their utility defender. Eric Ambinya was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Bandari Technical Director Twahir Muhiddin perhaps had a premonition of the indifferent results by the dockers after he rated Tusker highly in a pre-match interview.
“The contractual deal between Matano and Tusker marks a turning point in the team. Maatabo is one of the best coaches locally whom I have previously worked with. Tusker are lately a battle-hardedned lot and. I expect quite a tough match but we’ll device a strategy on how to contain them,” Muhiddin said then.
Following the win, Tusker remained in the ninth position and will need to post more favourable results if they will dare dream of winding up amongst the front-runners. Pride of place also goes to Ulinzi Stars who breezed 2-0 over Nzoia to leap-frog Mathare United to the second position in the league chart. John Kago and Elvis Nandwa scored a goal each to enable the resurgent Ulinzi Stars silence Nzoia in the otherwise end to end match at Sudi Stadium in Bungoma.