Tusker FC were reduced to 10 men and then had to overcome incessant onslaught from their hosts Gor Mahia as the two Kenyan Premier League top dogs settled for a barren stalemate in their round 6 clash at a soggy Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
Midfielder Hashim Sempala was sent for early showers for a second bookable offence as one of the Brewers finally succumbed to pressure from their hosts.
His exit just served to fuel the Kogalo attacks that were increasing in numbers as the minutes tick tocked away.
Meddie Kagere and Kenneth Muguna both hit the crossbar with their headers thereafter as Tusker rode their luck towards the closing stages.
The game kicked off just moments after the heavens had opened as the rain came down with hunger. Tusker, searching for only their second win of the new campaign, looked slightly more comfortable as they somehow got the ball rolling on the drenched surface as Kogalo took a military, Jockins Atudo-esque style with the defenders punting every ball forward with hope that the opposition might slip and let the attackers in.
An uneventful opening half ended with neither of the keepers being forced to make a save. The second half was better as both teams found spaces to operate but the pitch was still an opponent.
Chances were predictably few and far between as Tusker threatened through freekicks riffled towards Boniface Oluoch with utmost power courtesy of Collins Shivachi. Shafik Batambuze looked almost as dangerous with his deliveries but the Kogalo backline stood firm.
On the other end, Brewers keeper Duncan Ochieng was being kept busy especially after the hour mark. Kogalo were already adventurous when Sempala was sent off but the dismissal of the Ugandan midfielder made the hosts even more potent.
Substitute Timothy Otieno almost made the perfect entrance when he connected to a Godfrey Walusimbi cross but his header went straight at Ochieng. Another substitute, Innocent Wafula, replacing Karim Nizigiyimana was lively with darting runs down the left and created a chance for Kagere who hit the bar.
Muguna also had his hands buried on his head after his flicked header hit the crossbar.
The result sees Gor Mahia surrender top spot to Posta Rangers who earlier on pipped Kariobangi Sharks 1-0 at the same venue.
In other matches on the day, Nakumatt FC move to the top half of the log with a 2-0 victory over visiting Western Stima while Sofapaka are third after a barren stalemate against Kakamega Homebozy.
Muhoroni Youth collected a 2-0 home victory over Sony Sugar while Zoo Kericho collected their first point in the topflight after holding fellow promoted side Nzoia Sugar to a 1-1 draw.
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