Tusker Beat Ulinzi, Stretch Lead at the Top

Tusker FC stretched their lead at the top of the Sportpesa Premier League after a 2-1 win over Ulinzi Stars at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru, Sunday, July 10.

Ghanaian forward Stephen Owusu converted an 89th minute penalty to leave the Soldiers red-faced despite racing on to an early first half lead courtesy of a Samuel Onyango goal.

After Robert Omunuk hit the equalizer for the Brewers, Owusu, 33, successfully beat James Saruni from the spot, drilling hard at the heart of goal after a marauding Danson Kago was brought down by Stars defender Geoffrey Kokoyo in the 18-yard box.

Both sides had their moments in the game but it was hosts who Ulinzi who provided the game’s first goal, Onyango finding the roof of the net from a tight angle after receiving a pass from John Mark Makwatta in the 28th minute.

Makwata should have made it 2-0 for the Soldiers four minutes after the half hour mark but he missed a sitter after fullback Brian Birgen had tossed a dangerous ball into the box.

Tusker’s top scorer Mike Khamati wasted his side’s best chance of the half, the striker getting past keeper Saruni only to blast wide with the goal gaping.

Returnee Robert Omnuk got the equalizer for the Brewers in the 68th minute after he beat the offside trap to slot home a Shafik Batambuze  cross before Owusu ensured Paul Nkata’s side completed a league double with the winner towards the end.

The victory sees Tusker go five points clear of second-placed Gor Mahia and Mathare United, the former being held to a barren draw by Kakamega Homeboyz while the latter were beaten 1-0 at Western Stima on Saturday.

Ulinzi Stars Starting XI: James Saruni (GK), Brian Birgen, Oliver Rutto, Geoffrey Kokoyo, Benson Sande, Boniface Onyango, Samuel Onyango, John Kago, John Makwata, Oscar Wamalwa Ezekiel Otuoma  

Subs: Jacktone Odhiambo (GK), Enosh Ochieng’, Cylus Shitote, Byron Odiaga, Churchill Muloma, Mark Bikokwa, Daniel Waweru.

Tusker FC Starting XI: David Okello (GK), James Situma, Eugine Asike, Lloyd Wahome, Hashim Sempala, Shafik Batambuze,Noah Wafula, Humphrey Mieno, Luis Tera, Michael Khamati , Robert Omnuk

Subs: Martin Musalia (GK), Collins Shivachi, Osborne Monday, Cersidy Lumumba ,Anthony Ndolo Stephen Owusu Danson Kago 

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