By : Sinan Rajub Senoga
Sam Simbwa’s Sofapaka edged Sam Timbe’s Tusker 5-4 in a match dominated by Ugandan players at Machakos.
Goal Keeper Mathias Kigonya and striker Umar Kasumba scored for Sofapaka whereas their compatriots Hashim Sempala and Mathew Odong found one a piece for the losing side.
Kepha Aswani got the intriguing tie rolling when he put Sofapaka in the lead as early as the 2nd minute netting his second goal of the campaign.
5 minutes later, former Victoria University striker Mathew Odongo levelled matters for Tusker as he capitalized on a lapse by Kevin Kimani whom he easily dispossessed to score his first goal of the season.
Tusker then stole the lead in the 25th minute from a wonderful Apollo Otieno strike that left Ugandan custodian Mathias Kigonya helpless.
On return to the second half, Mathias Kigonya took matters by his hands as he stepped up to convert a penalty kick flawlessly following a foul in the box on Kepha Aswani in the 49th minute to tie it at 2-2.
Hashim Sempala restored Tusker’s lead with one of his routine shots kissing the woodwork before hitting the net in the 51st minute.
The lead lasted for only 2 minutes as Sofapaka’s Kepha Aswani scored his second of the day to level matters once again.
3 minutes later, Jackson Macharia scored for Tusker courtesy of an assist from former SC Villa midfielder Robert Achema to put Sam Timbe’s coached men in the lead for third time in the game.
Sam Simbwa who was chasing the game then brought on Umar Kasumba at the hour mark to replace Kevin Kimani and within 2 minutes his move paid off.
Umar Kasumba used his first touch on the ball to level the scoreline at 4-4.
Tusker then withdrew one of their goal scorers Mathew Odongo in pursuit for the fifth, he was replaced by Boniface Muchuri in the 65th minute.
With 16 minutes left on the clock, substitute Umar Kasumba found the scored for himself and Sofapaka’s 5th when he finished off a well delivered cross from Elly Asieche.
In the 89th minute, Hashim Sempala was given matching orders after receiving a second booking. He had been booked earlier in the game following a foul on Kevin Kimani at the half hour mark.
The result propels Sofapaka 4 spots higher and now sit 4th on the table with 13 points from 8 games. Tusker remains 13th with 6 points garnered from 7 games played