BY STEVE AYOO
Kariobangi Sharks’ recent league struggles continued as they were beaten 2-0 at home by Tusker FC at the Kasarani Stadium.
Two second half goals from Timothy Otieno and Boniface Muchiri settled the game in the Brewers’ favor as their push for a top three finish gathered momentum while Sharks’ winless run hit game number six.
The two sides had done well to neutralize one another in the first half but Robert Matano’s side switched up a gear after the break, most crucially taking their chances.
Muchiri was the liveliest of the forwards during the early exchanges and had Sharks keepers Brian Bwire worried with a clever free-kick in the fourth minute which went just off target.
The fleet-footed wideman had even a better chance in the 18th minute after weaving his way past the Sharks defence but he sent a feeble effort straight at Bwire who was left exposed.
Sharks struggled to get a hold of the game as they kept losing the ball in the attacking third, handing the visitors intermittent opportunities to break on the counter.
They fashioned their first meaningful attack halfway into the half through Vincent Wasambo who could only hit the side netting after driving himself to a tight angle.
Timothy Otieno was then denied a one-on-one chance by Bwire with Michael Bodo hacking the lose ball off the line as Sharks survived.
The best chance of the half however fell to recent recruit Athanas Mdam who intercepted a poor backpass by Rogers Aloro towards Mboya but the former Singida winger got his attempted chip over the keeper totally wrong.
After yet another cautious second half start from both sides, Otieno headed home from a free-kick flung in from the left to give Tusker a 62nd minute lead.
The Brewers second would follow the same script eight minutes later, this time Aloro finding an unmarked Muchiri towards the far post with the youngster easily converting.
Tusker keeper Mboya, who had barely been made to stretch his body limits, made a crucial fingertip save to deny Warambo while Sharks substitute Sydney Lokale skied an effort inside the box as William Muluya’s side failed to net a consolation goal.
Victory lifted Tusker one spot up to 5th with 37 points while Sharks are 8th, six points worse off.