NAIROBI, Kenya- Record SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions Gor Mahia FC still hold a nine-point lead atop the 18-team log despite missing out on the weekend’s round 22 fixtures.
Gor, who are vying for the 2018 Cecafa Kagame Cup in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, have 49 points from 19 outings and have three games in hand over their rivals after their game against lowly Thika United FC which was scheduled for Sunday was postponed.
Their closest challengers are Sofapaka FC (40) who continued their impressive run of form with a 3-2 win over fifth-place Mathare United FC (34), who have now gone five consecutive games without a win.
Kepha Aswani got Batoto Ba Mungu off the mark in the ninth before Francis Omondi cancelled out the goal 10 minutes after.
Elly Asieche was on hand to restore Sofapaka’s lead in the 38th and they began the second half just as they had left the first with new signing from Wazito FC, Piston Mutamba giving his side a two-goal advantage in the 49th.
Mathare tried to fight back and their efforts yielded their second in the 65th through Alphonce Ndonye but it was not enough to save them from the jaws of defeat.
The slum boys vehemently protested against Mutamba’s strike arguing it was scored from an offside position as the battle between the 2008 and 2009 league winners lived up to its billing.
Bandari FC (35) stretched their unbeaten run to six with a crucial 1-0 victory over Kakamega Homeboyz FC (31) on Saturday afternoon.
Wycliffe Ochomo’s goal at the stroke of half-time was enough for the dockers in a very tightly fought contest that did not produce many chances on goal, condemning Homeboyz to a first defeat in the last three games leaving them in eighth place on the SPL standings.
Fourth-place AFC Leopards SC (35) also got back to winning ways with a slim 1-0 victory over Sony Sugar FC on Sunday.
Salim Abdalla’s second half strike propelled Rodolfo Zapata’s charges to maximum points as they prepare for tough tests against Bandari before going head to head with champions Gor in the Mashemeji Derby on Sunday, July 22.
Ulinzi Stars (34) have Oscar Wamalwa to thank for the point they rescued against Kariobangi Sharks FC (31) on Sunday after his strike in the 90th cancelled out Ovella Ochieng’s first half effort to keep the soldiers sixth, a place above their opponents.
Robert Matano’s Tusker FC (30) continued their impressive run with a labored 1-0 triumph over rising retailers Nakumatt FC (24) on Sunday.
John Kamau was the hero for the brewers with a 20th minute effort, meaning Nakumatt have only won twice in their last five matches under American-Egyptian coach Medo Melis.
Zoo FC (24) and Vihiga United FC (23) were also victorious over the SPL weekend, both sides registering similar 1-0 wins against Chemelil Sugar FC (21) and bottom side Wazito FC (18).
There are six matches scheduled to be played over the coming weekend as the competition in both the top and bottom halves of the table continue to intensify.
SPL Weekend Fixtures:
Kariobangi Sharks FC vs Tusker FC – 2PM
Kakamega Homeboyz FC vs Thika United – 3PM
Wazito FC vs Mathare United FC – 3PM
AFC Leopards SC vs Bandari FC – 4:15PM
Nakumatt FC vs Zoo FC – 2PM
Posta Rangers FC vs Gor Mahia FC – 3PM