Thika United Stuns Tusker as Gor and AFC Win
Kenya Premier League defending champions Tusker Fc suffered yet another Premier League blow as they were stunned 2-0 by bold Thika United on Sunday at Thika Municipal Stadium.
The brewers started poorly in the campaign to defend their title as they were humiliated in their league opener by new comers Nzoia United who crashed them 5-2 last week. The Ruaraka based side was looking to make amends following the poor league start but it all went against their wish.
Thika United on the other hand was on its course to register its first win of the league after a 3-2 defeat to Mathare United at the same venue in the league opener.
James Nandwa’s guided side communicated a clear message to the Premier League clubs following their hard fought win against the league holders who were the initial favorites to clinch the victory in the encounter.
The rain started beating Tusker when Eugene Mukangula found the back of the net early in the first half to hand his side an early lead. The brewers were trailing Thika based outfits for the better part of the match and things turned worst for Tusker on the 79th minute mark as Shami Kibwana came off the bench to double the lead for Thika.
The late goal was enough to hand the fierce Thika United their well-deserved first Premier League win. Tusker will have to go back to their drawing board as their closest league challengers Gor Mahia top the log with maximum 6 points.
The green army was unstoppable before the newly promoted side Zoo Kericho as they beat them 1-0 at Moi stadium yesterday. K’galo finished second behind Tusker last season and it seems the runners-up are in a race of snatching the title away from their closest challengers with the two convincing wins.
In another encounter, AFC Leopards started their league campaign with a bang following a 3-0 victory over newly promoted side Nakumatt Fc at Thika Municipal Stadium.
The Leopards went in front courtesy of Gilberto Fiamenyo’s diving header after Robinson Kamura made a fine delivery from free kick.
Nakumatt looked lively as they looked for the equalizer as Former Leopards attacker Kepha Aswani tried to haunt his former employers by a bullet kick but Ian Otieno was equal to task as he provided a good save.
Ingwe kept on pressing on Nakumatt until they got their second through Marcelus Ingotsi who came on as a substitute after he was set up by Kiongera. A minute later, Whyvonne Isuza dropped in a cross from the right wing and Kiongera volleyed it past Okinda making it three for the Leopards.The win takes Ingwe to 7th on the log with 3 points but with a game in hand.