Wanga Delivers as Tusker bag GOtv Shield

Allan Wanga’s first half goal handed Tusker FC the 2016 GOtv Shield trophy, the Brewers edging Ulinzi Stars 1-0 in a closely contested final at the Nyayo Stadium, Thursday, evening.

The former Azam FC striker thundered home a trademark low shot just after the half hour mark, the game’s only goal which gave the Brewers their maiden Shield trophy since 1993 and reiterated their aspirations for a domestic double.

John Makwata had the first chance of the match forcing a point blank save from Okello who palmed away the forward’s header after a decent delivery from John Kago.

On the opposing end, the Brewers first real go at their opponents saw Soldiers’ captain Geoffrey Kokoyo throw his body on the line to block a shot from Humphrey Mieno who was teed up by Wanga.

Enosh Ochieng’s thumping drive from outside the area forced Okello to an awkward save with the resultant corner headed just wide by Kokoyo as Ulinzi continued to threaten.

Tusker almost grabbed the lead in the 20th minute but George Mandela could only shoot directly at Cylus Shitoti who rushed towards his goal line to block the shot after his keeper Saruni punching an aerial ball straight to an opponent.

Hashim Sempala and Osborne Monday both rifled over in quick succession. Sempala had a better outcome of his second go with Saruni making yet another fine stop but he could have conceded from the corner which was headed at his goal by Kokoyo.

Tusker, who picked four booking in the opening half, kept asking questions of their opponents and showed more intent and danger from their deliveries.

Anthony Ndolo and Wanga both should have done better with their headers inside the box.

Mid-season signing Wanga, who had been fairly kept quiet could not be denied just after the half hour mark. He unleashed a vintage low shot that sunk into the back of Saruni’s net from the inside of the left post.

Antony Ndolo would be booked after blocking Kokoyo from taking a foul with Enosh Ochieng also getting his name taken by the referee before the interval, the only paramilitary to get a booking.

Makwata had the best chance to level the scores at the stroke of half time when he danced his way past four Tusker defenders but Okello dived low to make the save and keep his side ahead at the interval.

After the interval, Tusker continued sat back and soaked up the pressure, hoping to hit the Nakuru side on the break.

Wanga almost grabbed his second of the match only for Saruni to make a cheeky save with his feet. He then freed Noah Wafula in the 54th minute but the winger sent the ball to the stands.

Ulinzi were the better side in the final minutes of the match but Tusker showed their composure, as they have done for most part of the season to eventually secure their first trophy of the season.

The trophy comes with Kshs. 2 million in cash prize, twice as much as what Ulinzi pocketed for their runners-up spot.

Kairobangi Sharks finished second runners up after a 5-2 defeat at KCB earlier in the day.

Paul Nkata’s Tusker now turn their attention to the Kenyan Premier League campaign where they are on a two-horse race with defending champions Gor Mahia who have the herculean task of clawing back a four-point deficit with just four games remaining.

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