Tusker lift league trophy with final match day win over Gor Mahia
Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker put the icing to the cake in what has been a successful season with a 1-0 win over outgoing champions Gor Mahia on Saturday at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Allan Wanga came of the bench to score the match winning goal with a magically executed free kick by in the 77th minute.
The brewers confirmed their status as the 2016 league kingpins two weeks with a 1-0 win over AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru but it was the crowning moment at Nyayo that put a gloss on a season in which they won 17 matches, drew 10 and lost three.
Tusker skipper James Situma, unable to feature in the match owing to an injury lifted the trophy aloft at exactly 5:13pm surrounded by his jubilant team mates.
With their 11th league trophy came Sh4.5 million and the ticket to Caf Champions League next season.
“I’m lacking words to capture this moment. We have won two major titles and I hail our bosses for having made this possible through good preparations. We now have to prepare adequately for the Champions League and I believe we will play friendlies against top sides to be ready,” Situma said shortly after lifting the trophy.
Utility man Osborne Monday who has been phenomenal through the campaign said: “I’m going to celebrate with my family.This us is truly deserved. Team work did it for us.”
By laying their hands on the sparkling trophy introduced by the title sponsors SportPesa last term, Tusker ended the heartache of the last three years during which they played second fiddle to K’Ogalo.
On the pitch, Gor Mahia bossed proceedings in either side of the half but were undone by the very malaise that has undermined their campaign – lethargy in front of goal.
At the Thika Municipal Stadium, it was song and dance as Sofapaka survived relegation with a resounding 5-1 win over Thika United.
Victory saw Batoto ba Mungu finish level with Ushuru on 26 points, the latter were undone by a 3-1 clobbering by Posta Rangers that gave them an inferior goal difference.
In Nakuru, John Mark Makwatta claimed the Golden Boot on 15 goals after scoring twice as Ulinzi Stars hit Bandari 4-2.
AFC Leopards 1-2 Muhoroni Youth
Chemelil Sugar 1-1 Mathare United
Gor Mahia 0-1 Tusker
City Stars 0-1 Sony Sugar
Posts Rangers 3-1Ushuru
Sofapaka 5-1 Thika United
Ulinzi States 4-2 Bandari
Western Stima 0-0 Kakamega Homeboyz