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Tusker post first win, Leopards dim All Stars

Ten-time Kenyan champions Tusker on Thursday bounced from a stuttering start to pick their first win of the KPL season with a 2-1 win over Ulinzi Stars 2-1 at Ruaraka Sports  Club.

The brewers were shock 1-0 losers to Ushuru at the weekend coming in the backdrop of one all draw with Thika United in their season opening match.

In Kisumu,Western Stima overcame a spirited challenge from Nairobi City Stars to win 2-1. Hedmond Mauda bagged a brace for the power men while Dan Makori was on the mark for the visitors.

In the day’s late kick off AFC Leopards made light work of Nakuru All Stars winning 3-1 under floodlight st the Nyayo National Stadium.

The night belonged to Burundian import Emmanuel Ngama who bagged a brace to add onto a Jacob Keli header to earn Ingwe all the three points.

Ngama’s second was a beauty of a strike. Shifting from his left flank, Ngama found himself with acres of space on the right where he turned his marker Peter Mwangi before unleashing an unstoppable shot.

Earlier on in the seventh minute, he had opened the scoring with a simple tap in from Juma Abdallah’s cross.

Keli was then at hand to make the scoreline safe heading in his second goal in as many matches.

DRAMATIC FINISH

At Ruaraka, Jesse Were was the scorer of Tusker’s first goal which he netted in the 40th minute before roving left back Aboud Omar doubled the lead in the 48th minute.

Titus Wamalwa pulled a late consolation goal for the soldiers to make for a dramatic finish.

Across town at the Nyayo National Stadium, Mathare United let go of an early lead to settle for a 1-1 draw with the visiting Chemelil Sugar.

The Slum Boys, who won the league in 2008, were 3-1 winners over Thika United last weekend and looked on course to build on the momentum when Eric Mata gave them the lead in the 22nd minute rising high to nod in a corner kick taken by Eric Johanna.

A resolute Chemelil however answered back two minutes to the interval through a sumptuous free kick taken by former AFC Leopards and Sofapaka left back Collins Kisuya.

At the City Stadium, Ushuru battled to a barren draw with Thika United while at Mbaraki Sports Club, host Bandari beat visiting Kenya Commercial Bank 3-1.

The bankers drew first blood courtesy of Raymond Murugi in the 20th minute. But Bandari drew level in in the 32nd minute through David King’atua.

George Abege added the second eight minutes later before Juma Masoud sealed victory for the dockers with a late strike.

KPL results:

Tusker 2 Ulinzi Stars 1

Ushuru 0 Thika United 0

Bandari 3 KCB 1

Western Stima 2 City Stars 1

Mathare United 1 Chemelil Sugar 1

AFC Leopards 3 Nakuru All Stars 1