Goals from striker Clifford Alwanga and Khalid Aucho condemned former champions Ulinzi Stars to another defeat as brewers maintain perfect start
Former champions Ulinzi Stars succumbed to their first defeat of the season going down 2-1 to Tusker in a Kenya Premier League match played at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.
Ulinzi Stars started their post-Salim Ali period with their unbeaten record smashed by the ten time league champions. Ulinzi started the match the better side and should have been ahead as early as the 2nd minute.
Oliver Agwanda struck a super one time shot at the extreme right from Collins Ochieng’s pass but keeper Samwel Odhiambo saved. From the resultant corner, Evans Amwoka headed just over.
Agwanda kept the pressure cutting in from the right and into attacking positions. In the 8th minute, he had another superb chance after playing a one-two with Evans Amwoka, but the former’s shot was well saved by Odhiambo.
Tusker had their first chance in 14th minute from Khalid Aucho, but the Ugandan’s free-kick sailed just over the bar. The brewers finally found the goal in the 20th minute from penalty spot after Andrew Tololwa was brought down by Francis Ochieng. Clifford Alwanga took the penalty slotting it low on the left side.
With the goal, Tusker calmed down with Brian Osumba and Osborne Monday taking control of matters midfield. Victor Ali almost caught Ochieng’ off with a shot from distance but the custodian reacted well to save.
Ulinzi finally equalized scoring their second goal in six games, Stephen Waruru’s header calming their nerves. From a short corner, Oliver Kiprutto looped in the ball with Waruru heading in alone at the edge of the six yard box.
In the second period, Tusker took control of the game especially in the middle of the pack where they dominated. Ulinzi had a chance on 57 minutes but Oliver Kiprutto headed just wide from Waruru’s corner.
62 minutes on, Alwanga had a super chance to score his brace but he headed just wide after beating the offside trap from Osborne Monday’s clever chip. Tololwa also had another chance from a free header but it went wide with Francis Ochieng rooted to his spot.
17 minutes from the final whistle, Khalid Aucho scored the winner with a left foot shot from the edge of the box after Ulinzi lost the ball on the other end.