KPL: Mathare lick Nzoia Sugar as Tusker, Posta draw

By Rodgers Eshitemi: Monday, February 12th 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Football
Vihiga County FC's Christopher Masinza (left) and Patila Omoto of Kariobangi Sharks FC during KPL match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County on Sunday Feb 11, 2018. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Former Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker and Posta Rangers drew 0-0 yesterday at Ruaraka as Mathare United came from behind to defeat Nzoia Sugar 2-1 in Machakos.

Kariobangi Sharks were also held to a 2-2 draw by Vihiga United at the same venue in the first match.

After a goalless first half, new signing Andrew Murunga scored a brace for the debutantes while Ebrimah Sanneh and Eric Kapaito netted a goal each to secure a point for Sharks.

In the second match, Mathare’s Chrispin Oduor cancelled out George Mutimba’s opener in the 77th minute before they were awarded a penalty four minutes later after Festus Okiring handled a goal-bound shot in the box.

Okiring received his marching orders before Francis Omondi comfortably slotted home the penalty to secure a second win for Francis Kimanzi’s men.

In Awendo, Clinton Omondi’s 15th minute goal was all Sony Sugar needed to beat visiting Ulinzi Stars. It was a perfect response for Babu Salim’s men after they lost by the same margin to newcomers Wazito in their season opener tie in Nairobi.

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It looked like an open game at Ruaraka with both sides creating half chances but neither of them could convert them to goals.

“We have played two very tough matches, but I am proud of my boys’ performance. That’s a crucial point for us,” said Rangers coach Sammy Omollo.

Tusker began strongly, creating two chances in the first 10 minutes. [Rodgers Eshitemi]

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