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Saturday, December 2, 2023

Tusker down Western Stima to reclaim top spot

Tusker FC moved back to the top of Kenya’s FKF Premier League on Wednesday with a 2-1 home victory over Western Stima to put the pressure back on Kenya Commercial Bank. Visitors Western Stima had a glorious opportunity to surprise the Brewers late in the first half but Michael Karamor failed to get a touch on a perfect cross from Rodgers Ouma with the Tusker goal at his mercy. The hosts made Western Stima pay for failing to convert their opportunity when Boniface Muchiri curled a free kick over the wall and into the net to put Tusker up in the 57th minute. Five minutes later Henry Meja tallied his 10th goal of the season with a penalty kick to put Tusker beyond reach.

A win had to come eventually for last placed Mathare United, and the Slum Boys finally got three points for the first time in over four months with a 1-0 home result against top-5 side AFC Leopards. The result was deserved for Mathare, who played their more pedigreed opponents evenly and did well to take their chance when it came with Eugene Wethuli running onto a through ball and rolling his finish into the Leopards net. Mathare keeper Job Ochieng held down the fort by making some important saves to give the team hope that perhaps avoiding relegation is a possibility.

Gor Mahia had kept up a steady string of consecutive victories since the league resumed in mid-May, but were unable to find a breakthrough in their scoreless draw at home against Wazito. The visitors had more than their fair share of chances and could have easily had the lead by halftime, peppering the Gor goal on multiple occasions. However, neither team could get the goal with both teams’ keepers performing well on the day. Gor now sit in third place to move above AFC Leopards with six points separating them from Tusker at the top.

Match reports from the Daily Nation and The Star accompany the highlights from Tusker and Mathare’s victories while Gor and Wazito’s draw are further below.

Tusker FC 2-1 Western Stima

Tusker down Western Stima to reclaim top spot (Daily Nation)

Mathare United 1-0 AFC Leopards

Mathare’s Ouna over the moon after flooring Ingwe (The Star)

Gor Mahia 0-0 Wazito