NAIROBI, Kenya- After the sixth round of matches in the 2018 Kenya Premier League (KPL) season, record league winners Gor Mahia FC, asserted their dominance in the local top flight by securing a five-point lead at the summit after a 1-0 victory over Nzoia Sugar FC on Sunday.
Despite four barren draws on Saturday, 17 goals were scored over the weekend, with the most thrilling fixture between AFC Leopards and Mathare United FC ending 4-3 in Ingwe’s favour.
Thika United FC and newcomers Vihiga United FC remain the only two teams without a win as SportPesa News looks at the roll of winners after match-day six in the KPL.
The British tactician has had a remarkable start to the 2018 season, picking up where they left off by asserting their intent to retain the coveted trophy, by shooting to a five point lead at the top of the table.
Having to rotate his squad more than ever before due to the hectic schedule that Gor have had to begin the season with, Kerr has shown that the depth in his title-winning squad is adequate to soak up the pressure.
Four matches in a span of 10 days for K’Ogalo, including the CAF Champions League first leg clash against Tunisian giants Esperance, have done very little to destabilise their momentum, scoring 13 times and conceding just thrice in their unbeaten run to the top.
The sugar millers of Chemelil began their fixture against retailers Nakumatt FC on the wrong footing, going a goal down in the opening 20 minutes on Sunday afternoon.
Though the football gods had their own agenda as Chemelil put on a brave performance to come back and win the game 4-1, courtesy of a superb hat-trick by forward Phillip Muchuma.
The former Muhoroni Youth FC midfielder scored one before the half-time break and added a second three minutes after the restart, before completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Nakumatt defender Noah Abich committed a foul in the box.
A well-deserved win for Chemelil who have now leapfrogged Mathare United FC into second-place with 11 points from the opening six matches.
The week started remarkably well for the coast-based side as teenage midfielder Anthony Wambani was on Wednesday feted with the SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) February Player of the Month award.
Recognition for their efforts in the infant KPL season brought with it motivation to Wambani and his teammates as they dismissed Sony Sugar FC 3-0 at the Mbaraki Sports Complex on Sunday.
A brace from William Wadri on his debut start for the dockers and a late David King’atua strike were enough to hand Ken Odhiambo’s side maximum points, moving them up into third-place level on points with Chemelil and Mathare.
The AFC Leopards SC caretaker coach is having a great time at the helm following the suspension of head coach Robert Matano a fortnight ago. It was the second win is as many matches as Ingwe halted Mathare United’s unbeaten start to the KPL season in a 4-3 thriller on Saturday afternoon.
Leopards still have a game in hand and sit in fifth place after three wins, one draw and one loss in their opening five matches.
The seven-goal blockbuster began in the slum boys favor as Leopards had to display a never-say-die attitude coming back from a 3-1 deficit to carry the day.
Brian Marita, Duncan Otieno, Ezekiel Odera and Marvin Nabwire were all on target, much to the appreciation of the Ingwe faithful and Kitambi.
The 22-year old Bandari FC forward made his first start in the KPL against Sony Sugar who were coming into the weekend’s fixture in imperial form after registering back to back wins.
The Ugandan forward needed only nine minutes to make his mark as he connected onto a Joshua Oyoo cross to give the dockers a lead that they would hold onto going into the break.
Seconds after the restart, Wadri was on target again to give Bandari a two-goal cushion, putting the game past the visitors.