The Star (Nairobi)

12 July 2013

Kenya: Shikokoti Returns As Tusker Hit Mahakama in Friendly Tie

Tusker skipper Joseph Shikokoti returned to action on Wednesday as the Kenya Premier League champions downed Nationwide side, Mahakama 3-2 in a friendly match at the KCA University grounds in Ruaraka. The lanky defender has been out for more than a month with a knee injury but his presence has not been missed much as David Ochieng and Ugandan Martin Kiiza have held the brewers rear-guard firm.

Shikokoti scored the second goal in the win for Robert Matano's side after Andrew Tololwa had opened the scoring for the brewers.

The judiciary outfit responded with a brace from Simon Thuku but Ismail Dunga's penalty ensured Tusker emerged victorious. At the same time, Mahakama team manager Martin 'Hazard' Aganda has brushed aside speculation that coach Zedekiah 'Zico' Otieno is about to bolt the club for a return to his former side Sony Sugar to replace the sacked Sammy Omollo.

Aganda revealed he had a conversation with Zico and the former Hrambee Stars, Chemelil Sugar and Gor Mahai tactician has assured him that he was still with the club.

"We have only had the stories flying around but the coach himself told me he is still a Mahakama coach. If the situation changes, we will be the first to know," said Aganda, who was part of the playing unit that led the judiciary side to their first ever stint in top flight football when they were promoted back in 2007.

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