KPL week 23: Gor Mahia, Leopards win big as Sofa keeps title hopes alive
13 goals, five clean-sheets on Saturday, 13 goals and two clean-sheets on Sunday was the highlight last weekend as the Kenya Premier League action resumed after the international break.
The Biggest winners of the weekend were league leader Gor Mahia FC, they managed to score four goals past Nzoia Sugar in a match stage at Moi Stadium Kisumu and got their 14th win of the season. It was the first time since August 15 2015 that Gor is scoring more than three goals in a league match. Rwandan forward Meddie Kagere scored his third straight goal in the win and he currently tops Gor Mahia top scorers list. Francis Kahata was also on the score sheet together with Jacques Tuyisenge. The win ensured that Gor Mahia FC maintained the six point gap on the top of the league standings. The four goals puts them second on the list highest scoring sides’ in the league. For Nzoia, the defeat marks their worst loss in the league in 2017.
Batoto ba Mungu
Sofapaka kept their dream of catching up with Gor Mahia FC alive after hitting four goals past Chemelil Sugar for a 4-1 win in Narok Stadium. Umaru Kasumba also kept pressure on Kepha Aswani and Stephen Waruru in golden boot race by netting a hatrick in the tie. Batoto Ba Mungu have moved to 41 points. They have 37 goals which makes them the most lethal side in the league at the moment. The last time the side failed to get a goal in the league was July when Thika United held them to a goalless draw.
AFC Leopards registered their seventh win of the season in style. They beat Zoo FC 3-1 in Kericho with Ray Omondi bagging a brace and Vincent Oburu scoring once. It was Omondi’s and Oburu’s first appearance on the score sheet for Leopards in the league this season. It also the second time that Leopards has scored more than two goals this season.
No longer unbeaten
Zoo FC unbeaten run in home matches came to an end after losing to Leopards. Before the loss the side was on a six match unbeaten run in home matches and had not conceded more than three goals since Mid-April.
Nakumatt FC second half brilliance dented Posta Rangers title hopes. Kepha Aswani stepped off the bench to score a brace. His brace saw Nakumatt FC end a three match winless streak. It is the third time this season that Anthony Mwangi’s charges are winning with a 2-0 score line. Posta on the other hand have failed to register a win since August 2 when they beat Tusker at Nyayo Stadium. Sammy Omollo’s charges have lost three and drawn two of the last five.
Another 2-0 victory came from Awendo, George Abege netted a brace as SoNy Sugar ended a three year wait for win against Tusker FC. Tusker's hopes of retaining the league are slowly diminishing as they are 14 points behind leaders Gor Mahia.
Best at home
Kakamega Homeboyz extended their unbeaten run in Mumias by beating visiting Thika United 2-1. Thika were determined to end their winless run in Kakamega and went on to score first in the clash. They however failed to stop Moses Mudavadi and Francis Nambute from staging a comeback for a win. Mike Mururi’s charges remain top on the list of team that have collected most wins (8) and points (28) in home matches. Gor Mahia is second on the list of 25 points and seven wins. The side has picked four wins and a draw in the last five league matches.
Thika remains the only side in the league that is yet to win an away match this season. They have lost eight and drawn three of their last 11 on the road. Nicholas Muyoti charges have also scored five goals on the road. In the last three visits to Mumias they have lost (2-1, 2-1 and 2-0)
Mathare United kept their survival hopes alive by scoring late for 2-1 win over relegation threaten Western Stima. Elijah Mwanzia’s late goal handed Mathare United the fifth win of the season and took their unbeaten run to 10 matches in a row.
Kariobangi Sharks edged Bandari and completed a double over Paul Nkata’s charges. The side is now on the ninth win of the season. Muhoroni failed to make use of the home advantage and only managed a point from Ulinzi Stars after a goalless draw.