By Erick Banda Ndenga.The battle of the titans pitting Gor Mahia Fc against reigning SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions Tusker Fc ended on a barren draw that Brewers finish the encounter with ten men after Ugandan international midfielder Hashim Sempala was sent off on the 81st minute at Afraha Stadium on Saturday 22nd April 2017.
The match kicked off on a low note due to harsh weather conditions experienced in Nakuru orchestrated by pounding downpour as both teams took time settling in the game because of the slippery turf with the best option to attack is through long range balls.
Mighty Kogallo demonstrated their intent to break the deadlock in the 13th minute with Godfrey Walusimbi floating in a lovely cross in the box for Jacques Tuyisenge but he was late to connect allowing Allan Wanga to cut off the attack by sending the ball out for a corner.
Ze Marias led charges continued with their push for an opener with Kenneth Mugunas brilliant runs in midfield setting up Meddie Kagere in the 18th minute to cutting in tearing apart Tusker Fc defence but Brewers goalie Duncan Ochieng came off his line to pick the ball.
Both teams settled into the game creating few chances before Karim Nzigiyimana curled in a superb cross in the box to find Jacques Tuyisenge and the receiver connected with a magnificent fly header but it was off the mark.
Tusker Fc responded through Shafik Batambuze when he delivered a lovely cross for Allan Wanga who connected with a header in the box but it was too wide on the brink of half time to head to the breather 0-0.
In the second half Gor Mahia Fc came in rejuvenated creating chances to end the stalemate that saw Godfrey Walusimbis free kick in the 78th minute hitting the crossbar before Tusker Fc keeper Duncan Ochieng was called to action when he parried off Meddie Kagares long range thunderous shot.
In the 84th minute Kenneth Muguna delivery a fantastic shot from a free kick beating Tusker Fc custodian Duncan Ochieng but the crossbar rescued the Brewers before substitute Francis Kahata wasted another chance for an opener when his shot went inches wide.
George Nsiimbi led side suffered a major blow on the 85th minute when Hashim Sempala got his second booking of the game for a hard tackle on Godfrey Walusimbi but the champions managed to hold on for a point.
Kogallo are second on the league standings with 13 points while Tusker Fc gained two spots moving to number fifteen with 6 points.
At the same Posta Rangers edged out Kariobangi Sharks by a solitary goal to climb at the summit of the SPL table courtesy of Joseph Mbugis lone strike in the 37th minute from a spot kick after Pascal Ogwenos handball in the 18yard box.
Muhoroni Youth Fc bounced back to the winning ways beating Sony Sugar Fc 2-0 in another SPL encounter staged in Muhoroni Stadium on Saturday. League debutants Nakumatt Fc ended their winless streak hammering Western Stima Fc 2-0 courtesy of Kepha Aswani and their skipper in Machakos County Stadium.
In Nairobis Camp Toyoyo Grounds Sofapaka Fc extend their unbeaten run to five matches after they were forced to settle on a barren draw in their clash with Kakamega Homeboyz as Zoo Kericho Fc salvaged a point against fellow premier league debutants Nzoia Sugar Fc in the battle of SPL new babies staged at Sudi Stadium.
Sugar Millers Chemelil Sugar Fc humbled Bandari Fc by a solitary goal courtesy of 70th minute Hillary Echesas strike in the first SPL sixth round action on Friday 21st April 2017 at Chemelil Complex.