Mathare United hand reigning champions Tusker surprise defeat in Kenyan league

The premiership title slowly slipping away from Tusker whose goal drought continued against the 'Slum Boys' in a shock 1-0 defeat
A 67th minute strike by Andrew Tololwa is all that Mathare United needed to hand league defending champions Tusker FC a 1-0 beating in a Kenya premier league match played at Nyayo stadium on Tuesday night.

Tololwa received a long range pass from the midfield and controlled it perfectly before unleashing a low shot to the extreme end of the corner beating Tusker’s custodian Boniface Onyango all the way.

This is the second match the brewers are losing in the throat after suffering a 3-0 defeat and an automatic exit from the semi-finals of the KPL Top 8 tournament in the hands of Gor Mahia.

The first half was a balanced affair with both sides showing thirst for goal but neither side hit the back of the net.

At the beggining of the second half, Tusker boss Sammy Omollo brought on Joseph Emeka and Obadiah Ndege for the out of sorts Dennis Mukaisi and Kenneth Wendo, as they went in search of much needed goals.

The brewers, who are yet to score since returning home from a disappointing Confederation of African Football Association (Cecafa) Kagame Cup outing in Tanzania, seems to be reeling from the effect of having lost three of their key players in the mid-transfer season.

The brewers’ lost speedy winger Paul Were to rivals AFC Leopards, defender Brian Mandela quit to join South Africa Division One side Sanlam Santos while Jerry Santos switched to Tanzania giants Simba Sports Club.

As a result of the win Mathare, moved one position on the log to eleventh on 25 points. Tusker’s position remains unchanged at position three on 36 points.

Tusker will next face Sony Sugar in what will be a must-win encounter on Saturday. Mathare’s next match is an away encounter to league debutante Muhoroni Youth.