Tusker lift Shield

Brew­ers get Sh2 m and turn fo­cus on Kenyan Premier League ti­tle

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - FRAN­CIS WADEGU @fwadegu198

Tusker ended their long wait to win a ma­jor do­mes­tic cup com­pe­ti­tion as they pipped Ulinzi Stars 1-0 to win the GOtv Shield at Nyayo Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Al­lan Wanga scored the all im­por­tant goal in the 32nd minute to lengthen Ulinzi’s bar­ren run in the com­pe­ti­tion. For win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion, Tusker bagged Sh2 mil­lion while Ulinzi won half the amount.

Both sides named their strong­est avail­able sides with Ulinzi the first to get a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity af­ter Hashim Sem­pala fouled Enos Ochieng but John Mak­wata looped the ball over.

Chances were few and far be­tween with Noah Wa­fula glanc­ing Shafik Batam­buze woe­fully wide. Os­borne Mon­day then tried his luck from long range but James Saruni was equal to his ef­fort. Enos then tested David Okello’s re­flexes with a long range pile driver as clear cut open­ings dried up.

Out of the blue, Tusker got the lead when Wanga re­ceived the ball from Wa­fula and beat Saruni with low ef­fort. Both sides made changes af­ter the break, seek­ing to get ahead of each other with Dan­son Kago join­ing the fray for the brew­ers as Churchill Mu­loma re­placed John Kago. An­other goal was, how­ever, not forth­com­ing as Tusker won the com­pe­ti­tion fa­mously known as the Moi Golden Cup for the first time since 1993 and re­mained on course for a league and cup dou­ble.

Na­tional Su­per league sides, Kar­i­obangi Sharks beat KCB 5-2 in the third place play-off. The bankers opened the scor­ing through Ni­cholas Ka­mau in the ninth minute.

Sharks re­sponded as Rodgers Omondi scored the equaliser 10 min­utes later. Sharks, how­ever, killed off the 15 min­utes into the sec­ond half. Matthew Odongo forced his way past Ham­ifu Kwiz­era and Bethuel Warambo be­fore fir­ing a shot from point blank range that Osano pushed away.

The re­bound fell on Patilla Omoto’s path, who thumped the ball into the net. Eric Juma ex­changed passes with Ibrahim Kitawi be­fore un­leash­ing a pile driver that Osano could do lit­tle to stop.

The tie was ended with fourth Sharks’ goal from dead ball spe­cial­ist, Stephen Od­hi­ambo in the 63rd minute. Asieche com­pleted the rout min­utes later but sub­sti­tute Job Omuse can­celled it out with the bankers sec­ond goal. Sharks were re­warded with Sh750,000 while the bankers got Sh500,000.

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