KCB 0 Tusker 2
AFTER early dominance, Tusker showed their edge after early second half substitution and went on to beat KCB 2-0 at the City Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Obadiah Ndege was on the pitch for only three minutes when he gave his team the lead in the 56th minute, the assist coming from Kenneth Wendo who, ironically, had only been on the pitch for the same amount of time.
Then in the 63rd minute, Jockins Atudo spectacularly scored from a 40-yard free kick.
The defending champions Tusker, therefore, took the initiative in the race for the 2012 Tusker Premier League title, jumping to the top of the table on goal difference  at the expense of AFC Leopards with a difference of 14. Both teams are on 45 points after 24 matches.
The Tusker attack made early runs, Patrick Kagogo featuring prominently, albeit with sheer speed rather than construction. His enthusiasm to fight back for the ball after being disposed got him into trouble, first being shown the yellow card for a slide tackle on Bethuel Warambo in the 53rd minute. Kagogo was to see red in the 48th minute when again he manhandled the same player.
The Brewers had to play cleverly after going a man short as KCB raised their game to take up the advantage.
Mungai Kiongera and Warambo troubled the Tusker defence and coach Robert Matano had to make tactical and positional changes as he brought in Obadiah Ndege, Kenneth Wendo and Frederick Ojuang’ almost at a go after 53 minutes, pulling out Joshua Oyoo, Dennis Mukaisi and Joseph Emeka.
It worked like magic, Wendo setting up Ndege for the first score and Brewers going into the driving seat in less than 10 minute of the trio coming in.
The bankers could not find a breakthrough despite their massive possession and do-or-die attempts by Ezekiel Odera [82nd minute] and Kiongera in the 85th and 88th minutes, when he was denied by Tusker ‘keeper Boniface Oluoch.
KCB - 22. Caleb Adola: 13. Bethuel Warambo, 25. Benedict Owuor, 4. Joseph Kangata (captain), 2. Dennis Omondi, 14. Michael Oyando, 8. Brian Osumba, 7. Edwin Mwaura (9. Jacob Keli, 59’), 15. Peter Wainaina (17. Duncan Makori, 79’), 18. Clifford Alwanga (10. Ezekiel Odera, 36’), 5. Mungai Kiongera
Reserves - 1. Sammy Okinda, Gk; 23. Pius Adriano, 20. Geoffrey Maina, 6. Elvis Ayany
Coach - James Otieno [Kenya]
TUSKER - 1. Boniface Oluoch: 5. Jockins Atudo, 15. Humphrey Okoti, 26. David Ochieng’, 18. Joseph Shikokoti (captain), 21. Frederick Onyango, 8. Joshua Oyoo (9. Obadiah Ndege, 53’), 4. Joseph Mbugi, 11. Joseph Emeka (13. Frederick Ojuang’, 54’), 10. Dennis Mukaisi (7. Kenneth Wendo, 53’), 19. Patrick Kagogo
Reserves - 16. George Opiyo, Gk; 25. Luke Ochieng’, 22. Maurice Odipo, 28. Andrew Murunga,
Scorers - 9. Obadiah Ndege (56’), 5. Jockins Atudo (63’)
Coach - Robert Matano [Kenya]
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Referee - Amos Ichingwa
Assistant ref - Oliver Omondi
Asst ref - Stephen Maina
Reserve ref - Edward Lumbugu
Match commissioner - Bramuel Ngome
RESULTS & FIXTURES:
Sofapaka 0-0 Tusker
Nairobi City Stars 1-1 Mathare United
Western Stima 2-1 AFC Leopards
Thika United 4-0 Rangers
Ulinzi Stars 1-0 Sofapaka
Chemelil Sugar 1-1 Oserian
KCB 0-2 Tusker
Eric MURANGA [Rangers] Two (2) red cards in a season, to miss match No. 192, Thika v Rangers [Thika Stadium] and KCB v Rangers [City Stadium]