Tusker beat Homeboyz to go seven points clear

Tusker FC narrowly beat Kakamega Homeboyz in Nakuru last evening to open a seven point lead at the summit of the Sportpesa Premier League.

Danson Kago scored the only goal of the match in the second half as the brewers eased to a relatively comfortable gap, though second placed Gor Mahia did not play over the weekend.

In the late kick-off, AFC Leopards played to a barren draw against relegation threatened Nairobi City Stars, a point that will be most valuable to the Kawangware based side which remains perched at the bottom of the log.

The point reduces the gap between them and 15th placed Sofapaka to just one, with the latter having lost by a solitary goal to Posta Rangers at the Ruaraka Complex in Nairobi.

The two results give Ken Kenyatta and his Ushuru side a sigh of relief with the gap between them and the relegation places remaining seven points.

Sofapaka would have cut it to four points, but they fell to a Timothy Otieno first half goal with the striker returning from a three month injury lay off.

But while Sofapaka, City Stars and Ushuru put up their tact to avoid the chop, Tusker may be as well putting their tact on point to ensure a smooth sailing to an 11th league title.

Against Homeboyz, they were a far cry from their best and struggled to threaten Homeboyz keeper John Waw save for set pieces and cross balls which were easily dealt with.

The league leaders had their opening opportunity in the eighth minute of the match when Owusu headed across the face of goal from a well weighted Antony Ndolo cross with Andrew Kulecho clearing the mess for a corner.

It was Homeboyz who had the chunk of chances and former Tusker striker Andrew Murunga was guilty of missing all of them.

In the 16th minute he attempted a shot from the outside of his foot that went awry after the ball graciously ricocheted on his path after Osborne Monday blocked as he attempted to pick out Ali Bhai on the far right.

Ten minutes later, he dribbled into the box from the right but his attempt at beating Tusker custodian David Okello from the tightest of angles proved futile.

At the start of the second half, Tusker woke from their slumber and in the 65th minute, Kago’s low drive sent them ahead before they were however reduced to ten men after George Mandela got his matching orders for a second bookable offense.

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