Timothy Otieno strike hands Tusker win against AFC Leopards

Timothy Otieno strike hands Tusker win against AFC Leopards

Tusker FC defeated AFC Leopards by a solitary goal in the Kenyan Premier League to move second in the log Sunday.

Gor Mahia lost 3-1 to Sofapaka with Kakamega Homeboyz drawing 1-1 away against Bandari on Saturday, and the Brewers had to take full advantage against the 13-time league champions but it was not going to be an easy task as Ingwe had won their last three games.

Despite a good start from the visitors, it was Ingwe who had a good chance in the 18th minute when Elvis Rupia was felled by Brian Marita. However, Vincent Oburu squandered the chance, hitting straight to Robert Mboya in Tusker’s goal.

Eugene Asike had a chance to score from a Sammy Meja free-kick in the 30th minute but failed to beat the goalkeeper despite being unmarked.

It turned out to be a costly miss as Ingwe won a penalty in the stroke of halftime after the returning Hashim Sempala fouled Elvis Rupia in the danger zone. The striker opted to take the penalty but the custodian guessed right to deny him.

In the 60th minute, Oburu was denied by the post as the Robert Matano-led side was put under intense pressure by the determined hosts.

Against the run of play, Timothy Otieno gave the Ruaraka-based side a lead in the 63rd minute.

It was his 12th strike of the campaign, one less than John Makwatta who ditched the KPL for Zambian Super League last month.

Despite a late rally by Leopards, Tusker held on to bag vital points to move second on the log with 41 points, three less than K’Ogalo.