courtesy of futaa.com
Kenya Premier League (KPL) Top 8 defending champions Tusker FC registered a narrow 1-0 win over Gor Mahia in the first leg semifinal clash played on Sunday 25 May at Kinoru Stadium starting 1500 hours local time.
From a goalless first half, Tusker FC resumed and immediately went ahead thanks to a 15th second strike from Brian Osumba after the latter latched on a Clifford Alwanga through pass to loop oncoming Jerim Onyango in the Gor Mahia goal.
Handled the ball
Tusker would have doubled the lead in the 49th minute but Kevin Kimani’s shot hit the side net as Aboud Omar’s corner kick in the 50th minute was cleared by Israel Emuge.
An attacking minded Tusker FC won a free kick outside the 18 yard box after Teddy Akumu handled the ball but Kimani’s attempt hit the wall.
By the 54th minute, Tusker were still the better side pressing the visitors at the back but were yet to double the lead as Frank Ouna effected the first change of the match, bringing in Shaban Kenga for Eric Ochieng’ at the half hour mark.
Tusker’s set piece master Kimani delivered another corner which was headed wide by the goal scorer in the 74th minute.
Three minutes later, both teams made substitutions; Tusker pulled out an injured Lloyd Wahome for Luke Ochieng’ as Gor brought on high-rated midfielder and Aspire Academy product Timonah Wanyonyi for a faded Dan Sserunkuma.
In the 88th minute, Francis Kimanzi introduced Jesse Were for Clifford Alwanga before Kogalo’s Daniel Onyango came in for David Owino but they could not find the equalizer even with three minutes of added time.
Tusker are now one foot in the finals though will need a draw of any kind or rather a win to book their slot while Gor will be looking forward to turn tables with simply a win of any kind in the second leg set for Wednesday 4 June to grace the finals.
Tusker Starting XI: 20 Samuel Odhiambo (GK), 35. Jockins Atudo 24. Abud Omar, 25 Llyod Wahome (25. Luke Ochieng 77’), 13. Martin Kiiza, 28. Osborne Monday, 22. Brian Osumba, 6. Khalid Aucho, 18. Clifford Alwanga (14. Jesse were 88’), 11. Andrew Tololwa (33. Rodgers Omondi 71’), 10. Kevin Kimani
Unused Substitutions: 16. Farouk Shikalo (GK), 11. Ismael Dunga, 8. Joshua Oyoo, 34. Dennis Nzomo,
Gor Mahia Starting XI Fredrick Onyango (GK), 5. Musa Mohamed, 24. Israel Emuge, 18 Haron Shakava, 2. Godfrey Walusimbi, 3. Geoffrey Kizito, 17. Eric Ochieng (9. Shaban Kenga 60’), 15. David Owino (10. Daniel Onyango 88’), 6. Anthony Akumu, 21. Rama Salim 8. Dan Sserunkuma (7. Joseph Wanyonyi 77’)