Pressure continued to mount on coach Abdallah Juma after his side Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) went for the fifth straight match without a win after going down 2-1 to former champions Tusker at City Stadium on Sunday.
The bankers found themselves trailing 2-0 in the first half and despite putting up a spirited fight in the second period, they could not salvage a point.
The bankers found themselves on the wrong footing, Brian Osumba’s shot being deflected in by Tyrus Omondi in the opening minutes. Tusker, who had started the game with a strong midfield consisting of two ex-KCB players, Clifford Alwanga and Brian Osumba, continued to be dangerous going forward.
Tusker took much of the early possession and limited the bankers off their area, keeper Samwel Odhiambo being reduced to only a spectator. In the second period, the bankers doubled their work rate as they sought to reduce the gap. Hedmond Maunda had a good chance to score five minutes after the restart but his shot went wide of Samwel Odhiambo’s goal.
Odhiambo, who was starting to get busy in goal, was at hand to save another effort from Francis Ouma, though it did not give him much trouble. Tusker were constantly on the backfoot as the bankers raided their goal mouth.
Mungai Kiongera had another chance from inside the box but he entirely missed to tap the ball in from Hedmond Ochieng’s cross from right flank. Coach Francis Kimanzi introduced Jesse Were for Robert Omunuk and Andrew Tololwa for Ismail Dunga.
However, no sooner had the two gotten in than KCB drew one back, Hedmond Maunda shooting low to beat Samwel Odhiambo after Elvis Ayany had tapped in for him. The brewers now move to ten points and go top of the table awaiting Western Stima’s game against Gor Mahia.