Gor Mahia could not seize numerical advantage after Tusker’s Martin Kiiza and Llyod Wahome were sent off only managing to pick disappointing draw
Coach Francis Kimanzi continued with his unbeaten streak in the premier league after seeing his side play to a 1-1 draw against champions Gor Mahia at Nyayo Stadium on Wednesday.
Tusker finished the game with nine men after Martin Kiiza and Lloyd Wahome were shown red cards in the second half. Coming off a 2-0 shock defeat to promoted side Nakuru Top Fry, Gor looked the hungrier side to net in the opening goal.
K'Ogalo under coach Bob Williamson attacked from first whistle and it was Kevin Omondi, who caused early trouble for the brewers. Omondi saved off a superb save from Samuel Odhiambo on eight minutes from a well taken free-kick from the right with corner being wasted. In the 20th minute, he had another effort with a first time volley which Odhiambo calmly collected.
On the opposite end from a counter, Jesse Were had the ball inside the net but referee Sylvester Kirwa blew the whistle for offside with Were thinking he had put his side into the lead. Were was again in action after 25 minutes but his rasping shot from the right was well saved by Jerim Onyango.
Gor continued to press their hosts and Shabaan Kenga should have done better on the half hour mark but his shot hit the side netting after Jockins Atudo failed to clear away Innocent Mutiso’s cross from the left. Kevin Omondi was again haunting the brewers and he saw his effort a minute later come off the bar after he had been well played in by Kenga.
Were was again the main man in attack for Tusker and he saw his free-kick parried away by Onyango with Ismail Dunga tapping over the rebound though he was flagged offside. The goal finally landed from an unfamiliar face, Harun Shakava netting his second goal in Gor colors, heading in Innocent Mutiso’s corner.
Going into the breather, Gor Mahia looked to have the game on sight. But the second period was the most eventful as each teams took more strength into attack. Kevin Omondi again had two good chances in the opening ten minutes but he fluffed both. His left foot shot on the volley went wide while he shot over the bar from close range after Danny Sserunkuma had laid back the ball for him.
Tusker eventually drew level after 53 minutes, Ismail Dunga slotting from the penalty spot after Jesse Were was brought down inside the box. Ismail Dunga then came off for Luke Ochieng' as Kimanzi sought to tinker with his team structure.
In the 61st minute, Gor had another decent chance, Geoffrey Kizito’s shot coming off the upright with Omondi shooting the rebound over. This would be his last taste of the game as he came off for Patrick Oboya.
Tusker created another chance in the 65th minute but Joshua Oyoo tapped straight to keeper Jerim Onyango from a cross. Tusker were reduced to ten men after Martin Kiiza was shown a straight red card for a harsh challenge on Patrick Oboya, something that saw the winger go off few minutes after coming in. Lloyd Wahome would follow suite with 15 minutes left after a challenge on Danny Sserunkuma.
Gor Mahia however, could not utilize their numerical advantage with Tusker seeming comfortable even with two men less.