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With five matches to go, Tusker are eleven points adrift of leaders Gor Mahia, who beat Mathare United 2-1 on Wednesday to remain on course for title

Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC all but gave up their hold on the title after being held to a barren draw by Bandari at Mbaraki Sports Club on Friday.

The result pushed Tusker to third position on the log with 36 points while Bandari remain at eighth position. With five matches to go, Tusker are 11 points adrift of leaders Gor Mahia who beat Mathare United 2-1 on Wednesday and will need a miracle to catch up.

Playing at home, Bandari started Friday's match on a high note with team captain Raphael Okello testing Samuel Odhiambo in goal with a long range free-kick after just four minutes.

The visitors seemed to be suffering from the scorching heat and lost out a great deal in possession which was the preserve of Bandari. Tusker resorted to playing behind the ball to kill off any threats.

However, as the match progressed, Tusker managed to shake off the humidity and were soon on the driving seat as the half hour mark approached.

In the 28th minute, the league's top scorer Jesse Were wasted from an Andrew Tololwa opportunity that had been placed on his path. Were still did the right thing though forcing Wilson Oburu to punch his effort out of play for a fruitless corner.

Tusker's sudden dominance forced their opponents to go back and wait to pounce on a counter-attack but did not however, get an opportunity and the two teams went to rest with the score still settled at a barren draw.

Bandari clearly determined to pick maximum points were the more aggressive side in the second half but were too wasteful. They had atleat two clear cut chances to kill off the game but wasted.

First Duncucn Otewa could not beat Samuel Odhiambo in Tusker goal in a one on one situation at the 72nd minute. Then Ali Bhai was at it again just four minutes later blasting wide with only the goalkeeper to beat as both teams shared a point each.

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