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Tusker finally burry opening day blues as Gor, AFC Leopards fly in wins

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 19 – Defending champions Tusker FC finally buried their opening day blues, hitting Kakamega Homeboyz 2-1 away at the Bukhungu Stadium, while Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards were both on the winning end as the new season of the FKF Premier League kicked off Saturday.

The brewers had lost all their opening matches of the season for the last five campaigns, but goals from Lawrence Luvanda and Jackson Macharia earned Robert Matano’s men maximum points, with Chris Masinza causing some jitters with a late goal for the hosts.

The brewers were keen to start off with a win, with their 13th title from last season hanging in the balance awaiting ruling from the Sports Disputes Tribunal.

Homeboyz, under new coach John Baraza were better starters as they settled in quicker and had their first effort at goal after 10 minutes when Collins Odhiambo had a shot from distance, but his effort flew just over.

Tusker’s Lawrence Luvanda scores from the penalty spot.

Tusker slowly grew into the game and they broke the deadlock in the 28th minute from the penalty spot. Luvanda stepped up to score after a handball inside the box.

Both teams had to make early changes, Ali Bhai for Homeboyz and Tusker’s Ibrahim Joshua going off with injuries.

From the goal, Tusker took control of the game, dictating the tempo with their swift passing and thoroughly entertaining the capacity crowned that had thronged the stadium.

A minute to the break, Eric Zakayo who had a brilliant game almost produced the second goal when he controlled the ball at the backpost, slapped in a cross with pace but no one was at hand to give it a slight touch into an empty net.

In the second half, Homeboyz made changes to their personnel and had spells of dominance, but they could not crack the Tusker backline.

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Tusker coach Robert Matano threw in a double change, Apollo Otieno and SHaphan Oyugi coming off for Macharia and  Clyde Senaji.

Tusker’s Eric Zakayo wheels past Kakamega Homeboyz defender Eric Ambunya

Barely three minutes after coming on, Macharia scored the second. The dreadlocked forward picked the ball at the edge of the box from Boniface Onyango before turning and shooting into the bottom right corner.

Homeboyz put some hope alive when they halved the deficit with 11 minutes to play, Masinza heading home unmarked inside the box after the Tusker backline went to sleep.

They dumped balls into the Tusker box for the remaining 10 minutes, but the Brewers held on for the win.

Elsewhere at the Ulinzi Complex in Nairobi, Leopards started their campaign with a win, Ojo Olaniyi striking a brace for Ingwe who were missing 10 players due to a registration hitch.

The Nigerian scored the opener with a deft finish in the box after running in before scoring the second from the penalty spot.

At the Nyayo National Stadium, Benson Omalla scored the lone goal as K’Ogalo edged out Nzoia Sugar.

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