The brewers were heading for maximum points despite playing with ten men following sending off of Khalid Aucho until Muhoroni FC struck late
Enos Ochieng scored in 84th minute to help Muhoroni Youth come from a goal down and salvage a crucial point against ten-man Tusker at Muhoroni Complex on Saturday.
The result means that Francis Baraza remains unbeaten since joing Muhoroni, picking up ten out of 12 points while Francis Kimanzi’s side retain the lead on the standings stretching to 15 points, having not lost a single game in seven.
The match was rescheduled from 3pm to 1pm owing to the weather conditions at the sugar belt town. Tusker were reduced to ten men in the second half with Khalid Aucho being sent for an early shower for a second yellow card. In mid-week, two of Tusker’s players, Martin Kiiza and Lloyd Wahome were sent off against Gor Mahia for nasty tackles.
Mark Odhiambo and Luke Ochieng’ partnered in defense in the absence of Kiiza and Wahome while Clifford Alwanga and Joshua Oyoo started upfront. Muhoroni had an early chance to open the scores but Frankline Osama’s free-kick was blocked by the wall after 10 minutes of play.
Muhoroni made its first substitution, Tetieh Olesu came in for Jeremia Wanjala, a minute later, Yusuf Mohammed went into the referee’s book after fouling Joshua Oyoo.
Jesse Were, who had come on earlier in the first half, opened the scores on the hour mark, just five minutes after Aucho had been sent off, tapping home from close range after Muhoroni keeper Daniel Kiptoo had spilled the ball.
Muhoroni rallied their charges and they drew level picking up a point with Enos Ochieng’ tapping home an Ezekiel Otuoma cross. Muhoroni have so far amassed ten points, all coming in Francis Baraza’s tenure at the top.
Coach Baraza, who joined Muhoroni Youth after being sacked by Western Stima, was satisfied with a point. “We were playing against league leaders, who are still unbeaten and to get a draw out of them is a very encouraging result.
“We knew they could come playing attacking football and what helped us was to hit them from counter attacks. That is what helped us get the equalizing goal.”