Kenya Premier League has a new champion for the first time in three years and it is Tusker Football Club. The Brewers sealed the title with a 1-0 win over AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday afternoon to give them a four-point lead ahead of defending Champions Gor Mahia who only have one match remaining to play.
The title winning goal came in the 68th minute through Ugandan star Shafik Batambuze and for the next 22 minutes it was tension all over the place for Tusker fans and Gor Mahia fans watching keenly from home. Kogello expected Ingwe to get something from the Brewers to give them a chance after beating Muhoroni 2-0 on Saturday but it was never going to be easy.
Gor Mahia won the title in 2013, 2014 and 2015 under former boss Frank Nuttall but this season they have been dethroned. They had dominated the League so much that they went unbeaten in 2015. It is therefore a breath of fresh air in the championship. It will be title number 11 for Tusker.
Speaking to the press after the match, Tusker head Coach Paul Nkata said: “I came to this game knowing that we have to win nothing else because in case of a draw you never know anything can happen in the last game, intimidation. When you pledge something you have to fulfil it and I have done my job,”
The win means that Tusker will also represent Kenya in CECAFA and CAF Champions League next year. They have a great record in the regional Club tournament than any other Kenya Premier League team.