Tusker 2-3 City Stars: Brewers’ title hopes go up in smoke

Goals from Ugandan import Bruno Sserunkuma (2) and John Makwata dim brewers' chance of retaining title and hand coach Koops maiden victory

Nairobi City Stars dented champions Tusker’s hopes of retaining league crown after they came twice from behind to triumph 3-2 in an entertaining mid-week match played at Kasarani on Friday.

Ugandan import Bruno Ssserunkuma scored a double in 26th and 80th minutes while John Makwata struck in 60th minute. It was a historical win for City Stars considering it was their first since second leg kicked-off and also maiden for new coach Jan Koops. It was Michael Olunga, who scored first for the brewers in eighth minute but two goal hero Bruno Sserunkuma equalized in 26th minute.

Tusker then went ahead just one minute later through Khalid Aucho. Two quick second half goals by Sserunkuma and John Makwata in 63rd and 75th minutes respectively ensured the Kawangware-based side bagged maximum points and dimmed Tusker’s chances of retaining the crown.

Tusker were clearly the better side in a first half that had few chances. The first real chance came after five minutes when Khalid Aucho found himself inside City Stars danger zone but shot wide.

City Stars are always known to give big sides trouble and it was no different on Friday. Tusker had no answer to their superb ball passing which always ended up at the brewers’ defense which was clearly overworked.

City Stars ended the first half on a high with danger man Jimmy Bagaye denied by the wood work. At the beginning of the second half, City Stars brought in Samuel Ogutu and brought out James Ongwae in a move that clearly gave them an advantage upfront.

It was however, the brewers, who were the first to reach their opponents goal and this they did after six minutes but the effort ended up in a fruitless corner. The same was repeated six minutes later.

But from the one hour mark, City Stars were clearly in charge. First Jimmy Bagaye out-ran Khalid Aucho and brought in a neat cross which was tapped home by John Makwata.

Bagaye should have had his name on the score sheet three minutes after his side drew level but was stopped by George Opiyo in Tusker goal. The substitution of Khalid Aucho by Moses Odhiambo due to injury appeared to have destroyed Tusker's plans and they were left on the receiving end allowing their opponents to run away with maximum points.