The Star (Nairobi)

25 February 2013

Kenya: Tusker Keeper Walking Tight Rope After DSTV Super Cup Gaffe

Tusker goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch is walking a tight rope after his moment of recklessness in the fourth minute of the DSTV Super Cup helped to gift rivals Gor Mahia on Saturday. Oluoch's sending off forced his team to play with ten men before eventually losing 5-4 on post match penalties.

His replacement, third choice goalkeeper George Opiyo covered himself with some glory by saving Moses Odhiambo and Israel Emuge's efforts but that could not prevent the brewers from relinquishing their Super Cup.

"It was a mistake from Oluoch just like any other player can make a mistake. It is something we are not going to discuss in public but we will deal with it as a team,"said Tusker coach Robert Matano. Matano added that Oluoch's position in the brewers starting XI was not certain as their are 30 players at his disposal all of whom are paid to play.

"We do not have anything like a first team or a first choice keeper. We choose the team according to each game. That is why we have 18 players per game with the others not even on the squad," explained the toughtalking two time Kenyan Premier League winning coach.

Tanzanian Ivo Mapunda was yet again a post match penalty hero fro Gor Mahia. The Tanzanian who sparked a furore last year over the ever present white towel in his goal which, it is said, disorients penalty takers saved two spot kicks from Ugandans Robert Omunuk and Martin Kiiza with midfielder Maurice Odipo skying his effort.

Their was little to choose from between the two top contenders for this years KPL title as Gor exacted revenge on ten man Tusker at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.

Despite playing almost the entire match with ten men Tusker held their own against a disjointed K'Ogallo and could even have won the match in regulation time but for some poor finishing first from Jesse Were and then from Uganda play maker Omunuk.

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