Robert Matano marked his Tusker FC return with the only win of the day in the four Kenyan Premier League (KPL) matches played on Wednesday 25th April.
Wazito 0-1 Tusker FC
After sending its entire technical bench packing, Tusker FC were desperate to kick off their campaign under new Head Coach Robert Matano with a win and it is what they got against Wazito FC at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi.
Ugandan International Robert Achema scored the winner in the 12th minute, tapping in Mathew Tayo Odongo’s pinpoint pass.
AFC Leopards 1-1 Kariobangi Sharks
AFC Leopards had Whyvonne Isuza to thank as his last minute goal from the spot after Michael Bodo handled the ball in the box ensured they share spoils with Kariobangi Sharks at the Thika Sub County Stadium.
After a goalless first half, Sharks introduced the speedy Francis Manoah for Sidney Simale in the 70th minute and the youngster headed in Patilah Omoto’s freekick just seven minutes later. A slight lapse in concentration in the box that led to Bodo handling the ball in the box, Whyvonne Isuza stepping up to beat Sharks custodian John Oyemba for the equalizer.
“We were poor in the first half and struggled especially upfront. Vincent Oburu likes dropping down to the flanks and this meant we played without a centre forward. I had to make changes and we improved in the second half. However we have struggled to get goals in our recent matches and it is something that we have to improve on.” – Dennis Kitambi, AFC Leopards coach
“We were in control of the match but luck was not on our side. However I thank my players, they tried their best. Our keeper (John Oyembo) was particularly outstanding, but he is just doing what he is supposed to be doing and I hope he keeps at it.” – William Muluya, Kariobangi Sharks coach
Chemelil 2-2 Gor Mahia
A hard fighting Chemelil Sugar FC held reigning champions Gor Mahia to a 2-2 draw in a match played at the Green Stadium in Kericho.
Humphrey Mieno opened the scoring in the fourth minute and the in form Innocent Wafula set up Ephrem Guikan to double the lead in the 27th minute. Gor were reduced to ten men at the hours mark as custodian Bonface Oluoch was sent off for handling the ball outside his box. Dylan Kerr sacrificed Guikan and introduced Peter Odhiambo but from then on Chemelil used their one man advantage to stage attack after attack.
They were rewarded for their persistence in the 70th minute as Charles Okiya equalized and just two minutes later Benedicto Jacobs leveled matters just two minutes later, match ending 2-2.
Bandari 2-2 Zoo FC
Bandari had Nicholas Meja to thank as he scored a worldie just minutes to the final whistle to rescue a point for the Dockers against Zoo in a match played at the Mbaraki Stadium.
William Wadri opened the scoring for the home side in the 11th minute but Nicholas Kipkirui equalised just six minutes later. Reigning KPL MVP Mike Madoya then put the visitors ahead with a powerful header in the 34th minute. They held on to this lead until the 83rd minute when Meja’s solo effort rescued a point for the home side, match ending 2-2.