Henry Atola Meja came off the bench to score the winning goal as Tusker FC edged out Gor Mahia 2-1 in a rescheduled Betking Premier League (BPL) match played at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani on Wednesday afternoon.
David Majak opened the scoring in the 13th minute before Burundian striker Jules Ulimwengu equalized for Gor Mahia. Tusker youngster Henry Meja then came off the bench to score the all-important winner for the Brewers.
Tusker started the match strongly and in the 13th minute, they went ahead through their lead striker David Majak. The South Sudanese was picked out by Boniface Muchiri and he did well to nod past Gad Mathews on Gor Mahia’s goal.
Moments later, Gor had a great opportunity to hit back through Tito Okello but his shot cum cross went across goal with no K’Ogalo player on sight to bag the equalizer for the record league champions.
Gor got another great opportunity to level up matters but Andrew Juma’s header at the half-hour mark went over the bar. Captain Kenneth Muguna was denied a minute later by Tusker keeper Emery Mvuyekure as the reigning champions went all out in search of a leveler.
The goal finally arrived in the 35th minute. New signing Jules Ulimwengu got his second in as many games to ensure that the two teams left for the breather with the scores level at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani.
K’Ogalo started the second stanza strongly. As early as the first minute, Mvuyekure was forced to pull a great save to deny Okello. Moments later the South Sudanese was denied by superb defending from Eugene Asike.
The chances dried up as the clock ticked. Both teams made some attacking changes after the hour mark. Tusker withdrew their scorer David Majak for youngster Henry Atola. Gor Mahia too withdrew their scorer Ulimwengu for Nicholas Kipkirui with both teams keen on getting the winning goal.
Moments after coming on, Tusker subs combined to give the Brewers a second and winning goal in the 79th minute. Luke Namanda won the ball in midfield before squaring it to Meja who beat Mathews on Gor Mahia goal for his first ever premier league goal. A minute later Muchiri missed a glorious chance to extend Tusker’s lead shooting wide with the goal at his mercy.
The Brewers held on to claim maximum points. The win takes Tusker to third in the log with seven points, Gor remains 9th with 3 points.
Tusker starting XI: Emery Mvuyekure, Kevin Monyi, Eric Ambunya, Rodgers Aloro, Eugene Asike, Hashim Sempala, Apollo Otieno (61’ Humphrey Mieno), Jackson Macharia (74’ Kelvin Okoth), Boniface Muchiri, George Odhiambo (61’ Luke Namanda), David Majak (74’ Henry Meja)
Unused subs: Robert Mboya, Christopher Oruchum, Jimmy Mbugua, Hillary Wandera, Mike Madoya, Michael Wanjala, Faraj Ominde
Gor Mahia starting XI: Gad Mathews, Kelvin Wesonga, Joachim Olouch, Michael Apudo, Andrew Juma, Ernest Wendo, Kenneth Muguna (45’ Sammy Onyango), Philemon Otieno , Tito Okello , Benson Omalla (67’ Sydney Ochieng) Jules Ulimwengu (67’ Nicholas Kipkirui)
Unused subs: Boniface Oluoch, Geoffrey Ochieng, Frank Odhiambo, Bertrand Konfor, Kennedy Owino, Nicholas Omondi Andrew, Numero