Tusker are back to the continental scene after a 4-1 hammering of Ulinzi Stars in Wednesday’s Betking Premier League match.
With second place KCB winning 2-1 against Nzoia Sugar , the brewers had no choice but to win and they did in style.
It was the soldiers however, who went ahead first with an 11th minute goal by Boniface Onyango.
The brewers fought back almost immediately with Brian Birgen scoring into his own net as he tried to clear a danger ball and the match went into recess with the scores standing at 1-1.
Come the second half, Tusker were the more ambitious and goals from Brian Marita, Chris Ochieng and Kepha Okoth ensured they picked all three points and cemented their hold at the top of the log.
Tusker coach Robert Matano was a delighted man and said the equalizing goal made all the difference.
“I told my plays to ensure they equalize after we went down. I knew once we scored one goal it would be easier to come back and it worked,” he said.
Ulinzi coach Benjamin Nyangweso said his players did not follow his instructions and blamed them for conceding cheap goals.
“All those goals if you look at them, we should not have conceded. We gave them away,” he said.
At Ruaraka grounds, KCB went down in the 19th minute when Vihiga defender Elvis Ronack rose highest to nod in a corner kick after sustained pressure from the millers.
Three minutes to the end of the first half and against the run of play Reegan Otieno guided in Baraka Badi’s free kick to level for the bankers. A handball in the first minute of added time awarded the bankers a penalty which was converted by Simon Munala.