Kariobangi Sharks ended coach Robert Matano’s three match winning run with a 2-1 defeat at the Ruaraka Grounds on Sunday.
Sharks moved into the top 10 following the victory that saw them bring to an end a seven match winless streak. Sharks last picked a victory on March 17 against Nakumatt at Camp Toyoyo.
Matano, who opened his return to Tusker with victories against Wazito and Bandari failed to adhere to the rulebook that cautions against changing a winning line up.
The ‘Lion’ had made three changes to the squad that beat Bandari 2-0 last weekend but the gamble never paid off this time around. Suspended Eric Ambunya, Michael Khamati and Lloyd Wahome, who was injured against Bandari, were all rested.
Sharks took advantage of Tusker’s fluidity when they went ahead early in the fifth minute after Eugene Asike handled the ball in his box. Sharks defender Pascal Ogweno converted to give the visitors a psychological boost as they exerted their authority at Ruaraka grounds.
Former Kariobangi Sharks player Mathew Odongo delivered a cross after he went past two of his former colleagues, but his final delivery failed to find a yellow jersey as Tusker chased the shadows.
Eric Kapaito’s doubled Sharks lead with a fine header in the 37th minute. Tusker missed a perfect chance to halve the scores when Marlon Tangauzi failed to score from an open space.
Matano threw in Amos Asembeka and Peter Nzuki for Boniface Muchiri and Hashim Sempala with Paul Odhiambo replacing Brian Osumba.
Sharks’ goalkeeper John Oyemba went into the referee’s book late in the second half for time wasting but that may pass as an excusable mistake to coach William Muluya, who needed to win the game after a recent poor run of results.