League leaders AFC Leopards squander chance of going seven points clear at the top of the Kenya league with a drab 0-0 draw with Tusker
The Tusker Premier league top of the table clash lived up to its billing but there was no score after leaders AFC Leopards and title holders Tusker FC battled to a barren draw at Nyayo Stadium on Friday night.
Needing a win to open up a seven point gap at the summit of the table, Leopards got the going tough from a determined Tusker who fought, chased and hassled after every ball.
After a disappointing first half, fireworks were palpable in the second half as each side came hard pang and thongs.
AFC coach Jan Koops was happy to have picked a point. “Off course we expected to win but I think we did very well finding space and keeping ball possession. We didn’t manage to score goals but for what we did I give compliments to my team.”
His counterpart, Robert Matano said he anticipates the league to go down to the wire. “Getting a point from AFC, who are the league leaders is an achievement but I don’t think the league is won yet…it will go down to the last day.”
Strikers Allan Wanga and his partner Mike Barasa whom head coach Jan Koops had preferred to lead onslaught had the golden opportunity to put Ingwe ahead just four minutes after the break but from the set piece, Wanga misdirected his shot from the box after being put through by Barasa.
The brewers did not sit back but responded in equal measure. In the 58th minute midfielder Joshua Oyoo fired a hard low drive from an acute angle which Ingwe’s keeper Patrick Matasi blocked with his feet.
Matano’s men continued to surge forward and could have scored in the 59th minute when Matasi nearly erred as he attempted to punch a Joseph Emeka drive. He parried it into the air only for the prowling Kenneth Wendo to head it inches off the mark.
Leopards moved to 45 points while Tusker retains their second position on 41 points.