Tusker FC moved back to the top of the BetKing Premier League standings after beating Western Stima 2-1 at the Ruaraka Complex on Wednesday afternoon. Boniface Muchiri’s sublime freekick and Henry Meja’s penalty in the second half delivered the three points.
Stima’s lone goal was scored by Baron Oketch from the penalty spot 10 minutes to time.
The win takes Tusker to 43 points, one ahead of second placed KCB.
The team had a bright start to the match with several chances in the opening half. In the third minute, Hashim Sempala had a shot at goal when he was teed up by Meja, but his effort went inches off target.
Meja was the creator once again, this time setting up Chris Onyango, but the latter’s volley after controlling the ball on his chest went wide.
On the other end, Stima had two close chances. Off a counter in the 34th minute, Oketch drove into the box from the left, cut in a cross but an onrushing Michael Karamor could not tap in unmarked. Almost immediately, the Nigerian was denied by a good save from Mike Wanjala who stretched fully to his left to smoother his shot behind for a corner.
In the second half, Coach Robert Matano started off by making changes, Muchiri and Hum Mieno coming on for Luke Namanda and Apollo Otieno.
Just 10 minutes after coming on, Muchiri broke the deadlock. He curled in a beautiful freekick from the edge of the box after he had been fouled.
Eight minutes later, Muchir orchestrated the second goal when he was axed down inside the box by Kennedy Owino. Meja stepped up and slotted the ball home, for his ninth goal of the season.
Towards the end though, the visitors pumped up the tempo and in the 72nd minute, Mike had to make another fine save to deny Oketch’s effort from a freekick. In the 80th minute however, they drew one goal back when Oketch scored from the penalty spot.
It was a nervous end to the game, but the boys held on for a vital win.