Tusker FC shot to the summit of the Kenya Premier League (KPL) after a convincing 3-1 win away to Kariobangi Sharks at the Kasarani Stadium on Friday.
The game was evenly poised from the whistle, both sides threatening to break the deadlock- but it was Shark’s Kevintom Machika who had the first laugh as he slotted home the opener a few minutes to the break.
Tusker head coach Robert Matano headed for halftime a pensive man, probably unhappy with the returns from the opening half.
Into the second half, the former Sofapaka coach looked to his bench, Marlon Tangauzi and George Ogutu replacing Vincent Ngesa and Sydney Ochieng.
Just after the hour mark, Michael Madoya paved way for academy graduate Eric Zakayo and Matano’s decisions came calling in the 69th minute as George Ogutu restored parity.
Luke Namanda put the victors ahead in the 79th minute before capping the fine afternoon with another fine strike with three minutes of regulation time left to play.
“Every game has plan A and B. We were not sharp in the first half and so it forced me to change the system of play in the second half,” said an ecstatic Matano in a post-match interview.
Academy graduate Zakayo was full of praise from his coach, tipping him for an illustrious career after a fine display at Kasarani.
“It is his time now. You cannot play football when you are old. You have to show when you are young, and he is doing it. From the academy, we promoted him to the senior team. You can see the ability and the capability’” he spoked highly of Zakayo.
Tukser now top the KPL standings on 27 points from 13 matches, two points above second placed Gor Mahia who have played three games less.
Sharks are 16th on the 18-member log, with only eight points from 13 outings.
In another match of the afternoon, Wazito were condemned to a 4-1 loss against Bandari at the Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa.
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