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Tusker F.C stretches their lead

[Posted 15 Oct 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
Tusker F.C stretches their lead

Tusker extended their lead at the top of the KPL standings on Thursday evening to four points after their hard-fought 2-1 victory over Chemelil Sugar, but the brewers’ lead remains under threat, with defending champions Ulinzi Stars breathing down their necks.

Ulinzi, second with 44 points having played three matches less than Tusker, face relegation candidates City Stars tomorrow in a match where anything less than a win for the soldiers will be considered a shock result.

And with the controversy over their two games against Chemelil Sugar and Sofapaka still raging, Ulinzi look more comfortable while Tusker sit uneasy.

Ulinzi were forced to forfeit six points when they travelled to Brazil for the military games but won an appeal to have the games replayed.

But Chemelil and Sofapaka have declined to play the games, leaving KPL in an awkward position on how to solve the impasse.

Ulinzi coach Benjamin Nyangweso insists he wants to win on the pitch and not on the boardroom.

"I am a believer in sportsmanship. Football is played on the pitch, not in the boardroom. I urge Sofapaka and Chemelil to accept the verdict and play the games so we can get an outright winner," said the Ulinzi coach.

As things stand, Tusker seem to have regained their winning touch after Hillary Echesa’s diving header handed them a priceless victory over hard-fighting Chemelil, who had taken the lead through prolific scorer Victor Ochieng.

Ochieng notched his tenth of the season just seven minutes into the game, but Humphrey Okoti levelled in the 40th minute and when the game seemed to be headed for a 1-1 draw, Echesa headed in a Joseph Emeka cross for the Ruaraka side to claim all three points.

Coach Sammy Omollo was happy with how his boys had shown character by coming from behind.

"This is the spirit of a strong team. We have showed true character. We kept on fighting from 0-1 down and I am happy we have the three points. I am now focused on Sofapaka," said Omollo.

The other match saw Mathare lose 2-3 to KCB. On Saturday, AFC Leopards play hosts Karuturi while in Mombasa, Gor Mahia take on Bandari hoping to return to their winning ways after seven games.

Morale is low within Gor ranks. Sources indicate the technical bench is divided, with rifts in the club’s management.

On Sunday, Ulinzi will host City Stars while Sofapaka play Thika United.


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