Leaders Tusker were held to a 1-1 tie by hard fighting Wazito in a Betking Premier League (BPL) match at Utalii grounds on Friday.
Both teams have not won their last three matches and current leaders Tusker have lost form at a crucial point with them getting their third consecutive draw.
Ahead of the match, Tusker defender Rodgers Aloro had urged his team to be more clinical in goal, advice which the Tusker forward did not follow as they wasted several chances.
The major surprise before the match started was by the lineup of the current league leaders dropping their top scorers Meja and Macharia.
Tusker had the best start after Sammy Mejja’s freekick was deflected in to give the away side the lead. Despite going behind, Wazito slowly grew up in the game and almost equalized with Whyvone Isuza but Tusker keeper Mvuyekure Emery was on toes and made a good save.
Their dominance by then finally led to their equalizer. Emery failed to hold on to a cross and Kevin Kimani was alert to score in an empty net for his sixth goal of the campaign.
Heading into the last ten minutes of the half, Tusker regained control of the match and a good Namanda cross was headed over by number Christopher Ochieng.
Minutes later, the away side had a good chance with a fierce Boniface Muchiri shot saved by Levis Opiyo and they should have taken the lead after a good attack down their right side led to a glorious chance but Kevin Monyi’s effort went agonizingly over the bar.
Tusker did not let off after the break and nearly went ahead but Opiyo was alert to ward off the stinging drive and keep his side level. George Odhiambo who had been quiet then had a shot straight into the keeper’s arm moments later.
Tusker made a raft of substitutions as they sought to take the lead and after the water break, Okoth had another tame effort which was easily saved by Opiyo.
The brewers nearly scored an own goal after an enterprising attack down the left where Kimani was at the center of all good things they did.
Jackson Macharia then had a chance to add to his six goals but his effort didn’t enough power to test Wazito’s goalkeeper. Despite a frantic effort to search for the winning goal, the Wazito defense stood tall to ensure they shared the points.