Abich’s steady boot fires Mathare past brewers

By: DAVID KWALIMWA

Tusker’s three-match winning streak in the Kenyan Premier League was on Friday rudely halted by a lone goal from Mathare United’s Noah Abich in a fast-paced clash at City Stadium.

The experienced Abich, formerly a Tusker player, stepped forward to score the crucial goal via a direct free kick awarded to the slum boys moments to the recess.

The defender aimed and placed his shot at the far right hand side of Duncan Ochieng’s goal to end a wonderful run by the brewers.

The shot flew over a four-man Tusker wall and into the back of the net.

“I am happy with the goal because it delivered the results we had planned to achieve. Scoring from free kicks requires constant practice on technique and also watching how other players do it,” Abich said after the match.

Abich – a dead ball specialist – also missed a chance to score from another free kick in the opening 20 minutes of the game.

Deadly Tusker striker Jesse Were, who has scored nine goals in his last three games, had on off day this time round. The left footed forward, who honed his skills at Mathare, rarely threatened.

In other KPL fixtures this weekend, struggling sides KCB and Thika United will lock horns at the Thika County Stadium, while Sony Sugar, fresh from beating AFC Leopards at their Awendo turf, will make the short trip to Kisumu to face Western Stima on Saturday.

Second placed Ulinzi Stars will host basement club Nakuru All Stars in a Nakuru County derby on Sunday.