Tusker FC consolidated their seventh position on the Kenya Premier League after beating Vihiga United 2-1 in a rain-soaked Mumias Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The Brewers traveled to Mumias on the back of a disappointing 3-1 loss away to Bandari in midweek and needed to get back to winning ways.
Tusker's perfect start
Robert Matano’s men showed the hunger right from kickoff and were rewarded on the third minute as David Majak chipped over the keeper, who was way off his line.
Peter Nzuki almost gifted the home side with an own goal, but keeper Byrne Omondi came to the rescue to keep scores 1-0 in favor of the visitors.
The match tempo went down as the rains slowed the teams’ pace, and Vihiga got an opportunity to test Omondi from outside the box through a freekick, which Dennis Wafula sent way off target with no scare for Byrne.
Extend the lead
Tusker, however, scored their second of the match on the 28th minute, when Jackson Macharia’s pass beautifully found Muchiri who tucked it in for a 2-0 lead.
The rains continued pounding and it affected the match, as both teams failed to get into rhythm and went into the break with Tusker leading.
There was little action in the second half until Vihiga were handed a chance back into the match after Hillary Wandera handled the ball inside the box, with the referee awarding a penalty, which was easily tucked away by Amos Kigadi to half the scores.
Tusker, however, held on to win the tie 2-1 and maintain the seventh spot on 49 points with three matches to go.
Vihiga, on the other hand, are staring relegation with the loss, as they remain rooted to 17th spot.
Chemelil vs Ulinzi
In another match, Benjamin Nyangweso’s Ulinzi Stars failed to win yet again, after they were held to a 0-0 draw away to Chemelil Sugar.
This is the third match that the soldiers have failed to collect maximum points, having lost with 2-1 scorelines in their last two assignments.
They remain on the ninth spot with 40 points, while Chemelil are 15th on 30 points.