KPL Recap: Gor Mahia extends lead as title race heats up.
The reigning Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia stretched their leadership of the log to 47 points after 24 matches with the 2 – 0 win over fellow title contenders Chemelil Sugar on Saturday 20 September at the Nairobi City Stadium. The champions still have a game in hand, against Bandari, which will be staged at the City Stadium on Wednesday 24 September.
Other title chasers, second placed Sofapaka moved to within touching space after beating Muhoroni Youth 1 – 0 at the Machakos County Stadium on Sunday 21 September. Sofapaka, the 2009 KPL champions are now a point behind leaders Gor Mahia but have played a game more.
Tusker FC ceded vital ground on their title ambitions after letting go of a first half lead to draw 1 – 1 with Nairobi City Stars in a Friday 19
September match at the Ruaraka Stadium – the Brewers’ fourth straight draw that has dented their title chase. They are third with 42 points after 24 matches and will play a catch up game against Ulinzi Stars on Thursday 25 September at the Afraha Stadium.
2006 champions Sony Sugar condemned newly promoted KRA to their fifth straight loss in the league with a 1 – 0 victory in the first match of the weekend on Friday 19 at the Ruaraka Stadium. Despite the loss, KRA stays in the top half with 33 points while Sony Sugar, in ninth place has 32 points.
The other game of the weekend was the Nakuru derby which saw Ulinzi Stars play host to Top Fry AllStars at the Afraha Stadium and as expected, Ulinzi Stars beat the bottom –of –the – log side 2 – 0 to rise to fifth on 35 points while AllStars is on 16 points after 25 matches.
Relegation threatened KCB spurned the chance to pull clear of the drop zone after throwing away a 2 – 0 lead to draw 2 – 2 with AFC Leopards at the Mumias Sports Complex on Saturday. The Bankers are now 14th on the log with 23 points, three points above the relegation region while Leopards, who have troubles of their own, stay 12th on 29 points.
In Mombasa, on Saturday 20 September, Bandari failed to hold on to a 1 – 0 lead to draw 1 – 1 with Western Stima, a result that saw Stima, placed tenth on the table stretch their unbeaten run to five matches while Bandari in 13th with 26 points.
Mathare United’s trip to Thika yielded a 1 – 1 draw with Thika United, a result that saw the two teams maintain seventh and sixth places on the log respectively. Mathare United is on 33 points after 25 matches while Thika United are on 34 points after the same number of matches.