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The brewers' head coach Robert Matano still searching for first league win as draw against 'Batoto ba Mungu' works to the advantage of front runners

Ten man Sofapaka side held league defending champions Tusker FC to a barren draw in a high stakes encounter on Wednesday night at the Nyayo Stadium.

The draw ensured that the two giants dropped two crucial points which worked to the advantage of leaders AFC Leopards and second placed Gor Mahia.

Tusker maintained third spot with 42 points while Sofapaka also cemented fourth position on 40 points.

There wasn’t much to write home about in the first half where opportunities were far and wide. Both sides deployed a cautious approach and it was only after 20minutes of the exchange that slight opportunities began to emerge with Tusker being the likely side to find the target.

Tusker head coach Robert Matano, who is still seeking for the first win in the league since joining the brewers', deployed a three pronged attack keeping faith in strikers Joseph Emeka, Dennis Mukaisi and Patrick Kagogo to lead the onslaught while winger Joshua Oyoo with his speed, proved to be a real threat in the left wing.

Oyoo, a June acquisition from Sony Sugar, had the clear cut to perhaps to find a goal for his side in the 28th minute when he made a penetrating run on the left flank but was slow in pulling the trigger allowing Sofapaka’s Anthony Kimani to foil his attempt.

Midfield dynamo Humprey Mieno had an ultimate response opportunity for Sofapaka in the 33rd minute with a fierce long range shot which was deflected by Humphrey Okoti for an unsuccessful corner kick.

But for Sofapaka defender George Owino who was making a comeback after over a year on the sideline, it was a cruel return as he was sent to early showers by match referee Anthony Ogwayo in the 43rd minute for pulling down Dennis Mukaisi.

Sofapaka returned from the break energized and showed much intent but Bob Mugalia was wasteful spanning two opportunities.