Tusker FC rallied from a two-goal deficit to pick a point in a 2-2 draw with Nairobi City Stars in a BetKing Premier League fixture at the Utalii Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Kevin Monyi’s goal from distance and substitute Chris Onyango’s strike handed Tusker a point that pushes them to a seven-point gap between them and second placed KCB.
City Stars got into the lead early when Antony Kimani’s freekick curled over the wall and into the net.
Despite going down early, Tusker slowly grew into the game and began moving the ball better. They had a chance when Jackson Macharia set up Apollo Otieno at the edge of the box but his shot was over after quarter of an hour.
Tusker’s hopes of getting an equalizer suffered a blow in the 18th minute when Kimani completed his brace off a counter attack after being set up by Sven Yidah.
The brewers continued to press and created more chances with Apollo’s strike from a freekick being well saved by Steve Njunge before Meja was denied by the keeper. Macharia had dispossessed Salim Abdallah at the edge of the box before playing Meja through, but the striker struck a tame shot at the keeper.
Tusker came off the break with determination and it took them seven minutes into the second half to halve the deficit. A long clearance from Monyi deep in his own half found keeper Njunge off his line and the ball drifted into the net.
The goal gave Tusker motivation and in the 63rd minute they should have been 2-2 when Meja’s cross found Namanda at the back post but the latter’s shot whistled across the face of goal.
They kept the pressure and were rewarded in the 73rd minute when substitute Chris Onyango, barely two minutes into the pitch reacted fastest after keeper Njunge had blocked Meja’s shot to slump the ball into the net.