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Kapaito relieved to finally quench goal thirst as Tusker douse Bidco


NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14 – Tusker FC striker Eric Kapaito says he is finally relieved to have broken his goal drought at the club, having netted twice and provided one assist in last evening’s FKF Premier League 3-2 victory over Bidco United in Murang’a.

Kapaito, a two-time FKF PL Golden Boot winner and Most Valuable Player joined the brewers at the start of the campaign from Ethiopian outfit Arba Minch, but had struggled to find his scoring boots in his first nine appearances for the club.

“I feel relieved and it is a great feeling. Not just for me, but the club as well because we have had such a difficult start to the season, and getting this win means a lot for us,” Kapaito said after the delayed match at the St. Sebastian park in Murang’a.

He added; “It has given me more inspiration to keep working. I know more are going to come. I just wanted to break the duck and now this will give me a bit more of a relaxed mind heading to the next games, but the work does not stop.”

The brewers got much needed victory against Bidco, a win that eases pressure on their shoulders, and moves them to 19 points at position 11 after 14 matches.

Eric Kapaito celebrates his first goal for Tusker FC. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu/Tusker FC
Eric Kapaito celebrates his first goal for Tusker FC. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu/Tusker FC

For a match that had already been postponed twice due to lack of a venue, drama seemed to be on it’s shadows as the kick off was delayed for an houir and a half.

An administrative error meant that referees were not informed on time on the rescheduled tie, and with teams arriving and waiting for the mandatory pre-match check, there was no match official in sight.

They finally arrived, an hour and 15 minutes later than the allotted kick off time and went straight into the pitch, without their routine warm up.

And action on the field would be intense, with four goals in the opening 45 minutes.

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The brewers opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Mike Oduor stole the ball off a short back pass as Bidco tried to play out from the back, feeding a relieved Kapaito who smashed home from close range for his first goal of the season.

Thirteen minutes later, the former Kariobangi Sharks man created the second goal when he headed down Oduor’s cross for Shaphan Siwa to volley home, also the number 10’s first goal of the season.

Shaphan Oyugi shoots to score against Bidco United. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu/Tusker FC
Shaphan Oyugi shoots to score against Bidco United. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu/Tusker FC

Minutes later, Kapaito scored his second off the penalty spot after Mike Oduor’s cross was handled inside the box.

Tusker’s otherwise perfect opening half was tainted in added time when their former player Peter Nzuki netted, scoring from close range after a training ground routine freekick was rolled his direction.

In the second half, Bidco camped in Tusker’s half as they searched for a second goal, and keeper Brian Bwire had to be at his best to keep out efforts from Jacob Onyango and Martin Ndirangu.

Just like they did in the first half, Tusker conceded in extra time, substitute Ezekiel Okare tapped into an empty net after keeper Bwire had done well to save a shot from Samuel Ndung’u.





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