One game into the Kenya Premier League, and Tusker F.C, one of our country’s most prolific football clubs, is sitting one position above the bottom of the table. The only thing separating the Brewers from the last place Sony Sugar is the goals scored, with the former having at least managed two more than the latter.
Shocking! Who would have ever imagined Tusker’s 2019/20 KPL season getting off to such a horrible start?
But, when you consider who they were playing against in this first match of the season, and how in-form their opponents were, then you can begin to cut the Brewers some slack.
For the first match of the season, Tusker FC went up against the formidable Gor Mahia, losing marvelously by 5 goals to 2.
In their last five matches, Tusker has only managed one win over their rivals, and secured a draw, with K’ogalo winning the rest. But, the most goals Gor has been able to score against Tusker in the most recent games is 2 goals.
This time around, however, they produced a stunning display against their opponents, managing to put 5 past them!
That just goes to show how ruthless Gor is planning to be this season.
Kenneth Muguna, Charles Momanyi, Nicholas Kipkirui, and Boniface Omondi were all on the scoresheet for K’ogalo, with the captain securing a brace for his team in that match.
Here goes Kipkirui celebrating his solitary goal against Tusker FC…
These names might sound pretty familiar, and this is why…
…just less than a week before K’ogalo’s opening match against Tusker, the former was fighting it out with Aigle Noir for a chance to get into the next round of the CAF Champions League. They did so emphatically, thrashing their Burundian opponents 5 goals to 1. Kipkirui and Omondi were both on the scoresheet that day while Muguna was a force to reckon with in midfield.
Anyway, back to Tusker…
They weren’t sore losers though. They managed to pull back two goals during this horrendous game, thanks to Boniface Muchiri, their midfielder who also plays for the national team.
Here’s a glance at one of his incredible goals:
I think Muchiri’s input was the only bright spot for the Brewers, as everything else about them absolutely tanked!
Defending by Hillary Wandera and his cohorts was abysmal to say the least, with the left-back easily dispossessed by Kipkirui who seconds later scored Gor’s first goal of the afternoon.
Gabriel Wandera blundered his tackle on Wellington Ochieng, and subsequently, the Green Army was awarded a penalty in the 49th minute. Captain Muguna managed to score from the rebound as Mboya was unable to keep a lid on it.
Speaking of, Robert Mboya has definitely seen better goalkeeping days as any notable saves during the match were too few and far in between. He seemed helpless throughout the match as Gor continued to rain goals on its opponent.
What this goes to show is that the Brewers have a serious problem at the back, and there will be many teams looking to capitalize on this every time the opportunity presents itself.
The addition of three youthful players into the team, i.e., Marion Sifuna, Eric Zakayo, and Peter Waithaka could be a boost to Tusker’s campaign if everything goes according to plan. Maybe then, they can forget this nightmarish start to the season.
Sempala is also back to Tusker after a short stint at Gor Mahia. He signed a two-year contract with the Brewers, and I hope fans can start feeling his impact sooner rather than later.
This weekend, Tusker will be up against a revitalized Mathare United that finished sixth last season.
The SlumBoys held last season’s title runner’s up, Bandari FC, to a barren draw in the first match of the season.
It is a bit premature to predict which of these teams can be able to stand up to the Green Army this season, but Tusker FC is already behind most of the obvious title challengers.
I’ll be waiting to see if they can indeed catch up with the rest of the contenders.
Good luck to the Brewers, and thank heavens for the Kenya Premier League!!