Nakumatt FC 0-1 Tusker FC: Brewers forced to shop late

Goal Kenya.
Boniface Muchiri came off the bench to score the lone goal of that match that helped the Brewers leapfrog Posta Rangers

Tusker leapt three places to third in the league standings following a 1-0 win against Nakumatt FC on Wednesday.

Boniface Muchiri came off the bench to score the lone goal of that match that helped the Brewers leapfrog Posta Rangers, Ulinzi Stars and Kakamega Homeboyz to third spot on 56 points. 

This was a second consecutive win for Tusker in the absence of suspended coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe. Nsimbe has been slapped with an indefinite suspension by the club management for his ‘old players’ comment he made last week.

Since his suspension, Tusker has been cruising up the ladder, starting with a 4-0 win over Muhoroni Youth in a game that saw Nsimbe sit out last weekend, followed by the win against Nakumatt.

Tusker started the match on a brighter note but faded away as the match progressed, allowing Nakumattt to come back into action.

The Brewers were the first to test the opponent’s goal when Noah Wafula found space to shoot just six minutes after the opening whistle, but his effort was parried by Nakumatt goalkeeper Sammy Okinda.

A physical Nakumatt went hard on Tusker and their game plan paid off when the visitors were forced to make a change early in the first half after midfielder Jackson Macharia could not continue with the game from a hard tackle from the opponent.

The play was halted in the 14th minute after Macharia went down wreathing in pain from a dangerous tackle from a Nakumatt player. Cercidy Okeyo was brought in for Macharia in the 20th minute.

The reigning champions pushed for the opening goal with both Allan Wanga and Humphrey Mieno creating some lovely chances by Nakumatt defence stood their ground.

Wafula would later register his name on the referee’s book after he picked a yellow card for a foul on Kepha Aswani immediately after resumption.

Tusker would then throw in super sub-Muchiri for Brian Osumba in the 68th minute and his introduction almost paid off when Mieno raced clear off the goalkeeper but Nakumatt defence arrived just in time to clear the danger.

But the former Sony Sugar man rose to the occasion when he lobbed in a right-footed volley into Nakumatt's goal for the match-winning goal to help Tusker register sweet 1-0 win away from home.

Nakumatt XI: Ezekiel Owade, Nicholas Meja, David Gateri, Donald Musoti, Kennedy Onyango, Kelvin Omondi, Kepha Aswani, Peter Nzuki, David Naftali, Joshua Oyoo and Boniface Akenga.

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Subs: Sammy Okinda, Christopher Wekesa, Bernard Meki, Chrispine Odulla, Victor Okullo Jack Bruno and Eugene Ambulwa.

Tusker starting XI: Duncan Ochieng (GK), Martin Kizza, James Situma (C), Lloyd Wahome, Eugene Asike, Brian Osumba, Humphrey Mieno, Jackson Macharia, Danson Kago, Noah Wafula and Allan Wanga.

Reserves: David Okello (GK), Marlon Tangauzi, Abdul Hassan, Sydney Ochieng, Stephen Owusu, Cercidy Okeyo and Boniface Muchiri.