Talanta sip Tusker to leave champions winless in two matches as Gor Mahia feast on Sharks
Defending League Champions Tusker FC were stunned 2-1 by newcomers Talanta at their Ruaraka Grounds backyard in what was a far from convincing performance by the 12 time winners.
Francis Kahiro was the man of the match after he scored two goals in each half for the visitors with the Brewers consolation goal coming from Jackson Macharia.
This was Talanta’s second consecutive win in the top tier following last weekend’s 2-0 win over Vihiga Bullets and now are up to fourth position on the log with eight points from four matches.
The Brewers under Robert Matano are currently in an awkward bottom position on the table with zero points from two matches played after they also lost their season opening match against AFC Leopards three weeks ago; their worst start in nearly a decade.
The reprieve for Tusker is that they have two matches at hand over the rest of the league sides.
However, of concern is the slow pace of integration of new players into the squad after 11 players were dumped and 16 new faces brought on board.
Meanwhile, Kariobangi Sharks goalkeeper Brandon Obiero had an afternoon to forget after rewarding Gor Mahia two easy goals as the 19-time Champions swept aside their opponents 2-0 at the Kasarani Stadium in an early kick-off yesterday.
Goals from red-hot Benson Omalla and ex-Sharks Ugandan attacker Peter Lwasa were enough for K’Ogalo to revenge against opponents who overwhelmed them last season in both legs.
The win saw Gor maintain their 100 per cent record in the league with nine points from three matches with a game in hand and are currently second in the standings behind Nairobi City Stars.
A beaming Gor coach Mark Harrison was full of praise for his boys but was unhappy with missed chances.
“It was a good game that was in our favor. We controlled the match when it mattered and most importantly we did not concede.
We should have scored more through Jules (Ulimwengu) and Peter (Lwasa) but these are things we can work on for our future matches.
Sharks is a solid team and it gave us a good challenge at times but I am happy with the performance of the boys despite picking a few injury concerns,” said Harrison.