NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 11 – Former AS Monaco striker Alain Traoré lost with a stunning free kick just two minutes after Ibrahim Joshua scored a first goal as FC champions Tusker FC FKF Premier League, played a 1-1 draw against Arta Solar 7 in Djibouti. heat during the first leg of the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.
Tusker scored the crucial away goal in the meeting and will have everything to play in the second leg in Nairobi next weekend.
“It was a very difficult game for both teams and I think at the end of the game a draw is a fair result for both teams. I think we controlled the game well but we couldn’t use our chances. But we choose the positives and hope for a better performance in the second leg, ”said Arta Solar captain Alex Song, who is a former Arsenal player.
Tusker’s skipper, Eugene Asike, said; “It was a very difficult game in difficult conditions but we managed to draw. This away result is huge for us and now we plan to do better when we play the second leg in Nairobi.
Tusker had a brilliant start to the game when Tanzanian Joshua opened the scoring with a well-taken volley from the edge of the box.
The new boy ran for a ball deep in Tusker’s half before throwing a first volley past the keeper.
However, Arta responded almost immediately. The home team won a free kick from 30 meters. The former Monegasque and Burkinabe international Alain Traoré supported him, completed him beyond Emery Mvuyekure for the equalizer.
What followed was a rambling affair between the two sides with little luck between the two. Tusker thought they should have had two penalties; first when a ball seemed to have ricocheted off Arta’s hand while the second when Daniel Sakari was tracked down to the right.
In the second half, the home side came back stronger and Mvuyekure was forced to work just eight minutes after the restart when he managed to repel a fierce shot from Gabriel Dadzie who had escaped to the right.
Tusker made changes, Apollo Otieno coming in midfield for Clyde Senaji while Jackson Macharia was also taken out for John Njuguna. The Kenyan champions were forced to make another change when striker Ibrahim was injured and replaced by Teddy Osok.
But it was the hosts who were more dominant in the second half with possession passes, anchored by the song experience in midfield.
The introduction of former West Ham striker Diafra Sakho added punch to the attack. He nearly scored five minutes into the game when he landed a run on the right, but under pressure from Kalos KIrenge he shot wide.
Arta should have scored a goal or two, but their complex passes never paid off when they hit too many balls, even when they scored chances. Tusker defended well with Asike’s three defenders Kirenge and Charles Momanyi holding on.