Tusker FC kept their title hopes intact on Sunday thanks to a slim 1-0 win over a resilient Kariobangi Sharks side in a BetKing Premier League (BPL) round 21 tie played at the Utalii grounds.
Winger Chrispinus Onyango and keeper Michael Wanjala were the heroes for Tusker on the day with both playing their parts on opposite ends of the pitch.
First it was Onyango who came up with the goal after 62 minutes and 12 minutes later, Wanjala stepped up big to deny Douglas Mokaya from the spot when it seemed like Robert Matano’s men were going to drop points for the second game in succession.
Only one point separates 2nd placed Tusker from leaders KCB FC after Sunday’s result. Tusker have amassed 41 points, 10 more than 5th placed Sharks who suffered their fourth loss on the trot.
The first half was one-way traffic for Tusker and they threatened from the first minute through their top scorer Henry Meja, but the young forward’s effort didn’t have enough power to trouble goalkeeper Brandon Obiero. Luke Namanda then drew another good save out of the young custodian and moments later, the Brewers had a penalty appeal rightly waved-off by the centre referee.
After the break, the away side nearly scored after a good layoff by Meja was met by Onyango but his effort was deflected for a corner kick. Onyango’s goal would come soon after though as a seven-player passing sequence saw Sammy Meja lay the ball expertly for the former KCB FC man to power a header at the top right corner.
The goal seemed to awaken the hosts and they started playing with more verve which resulted in a penalty after Eric Kapaito was fouled in the area.
Penalty duties at Sharks usually fall for the league’s current top scorer but this time it was Mokaya who stepped up only for his effort to be well dealt with by Wanjala.
And thus is how it would end with Tusker securing the slim win that keeps them right in the hunt for a 12th league crown.
Next up for The Brewers is a home tie against Western Stima on Friday 25 June, the same day that Sharks will be away in Mombasa to take on Bandari.