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The draw saw the brewers with new coach Matano at the helm; reduce the gap between them and leaders AFC to four points with a game in hand

Reigning Kenya premier league champions Tusker played out to a goalless draw against the team they deposed as champions Ulinzi Stars in a closely fought encounter at Nyayo stadium on Monday.

The draw saw the brewers with new coach Robert Matano at the helm; reduce the gap between them and league leaders AFC Leopards to four points with a game in hand.

Matano the no nonsense coach who won the league with Sofapaka in 2009, sought to leave a mark on the Tusker side bringing into the starting eleven Luke Ochieng and forgotten Nigerian hit man Joseph Emeka.

It was Ulinzi though who began the match brightly dominating possession and carving out chances for Wycliffe Ochomo and Evans Amuoka.

It took them sixteen minutes before they tested Tusker goalie Boniface Oluoch with Stephen Ochola forcing an acrobatic save from his international teammate that the lurking Stephen Waruru would have converted had he not been caught offside.

Tusker too created chances of their own with Dennis Mukaisi shooting wide off Jacktone Odhiambo’s goal as the first half ended goalless.

The soldiers were still on the ascendancy when the second half resumed with Ochomo wasting the best chance of the match after holding off Humphrey Okoti only to see his effort come off the crossbar in the 56th minute.

Left back Kevin Amwayi galloped down the left flank and his effort which beat Oluoch was cleared off the line by Joseph Shikokoti as the soldiers sought for the opener.

Matano made double substitution introducing Joseph Mbugi and Kennedy Wendo for Kagogo and Mukaisi.

Substitute George Oyoo could have won it in stoppage time for the army men but he shot over the bar under the challenge of Okoti. Tusker are still second with 38 points while Ulinzi remain fourth. 

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