KPL Week 26 Recap: Sofa draw sees Gor Mahia stretch lead.
Gor Mahia now needs just two wins from their remaining four matches and they will be confirmed the 2014 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions; this coming after their 4 – 1 win over Nairobi City Stars, coupled with Sofapaka’s draw with Sony Sugar on the 26th week of action in the KPL.
The big win saw Gor Mahia hit 51 points to open a four point gap after Sofapaka played to a 2 – 2 draw with the Millers at the Awendo Green Stadium on Sunday 5 October to get to 47 points.
The Sofapaka – Sony Sugar draw also played well on Tusker’s hopes to rise in the table as the Brewers managed a 1 – 0 win over Mathare United to register 45 points and in the process close in on second placed Sofapaka.
The race for the title also has outside contenders in Ulinzi Stars and Chemelil Sugar who are both on 41 points in fourth and fifth place respectively. The two faced off in the first match of the week, on Friday 3 October and Ulinzi Stars came out tops, beating Chemelil Sugar 2 – 1 at the Chemelil Sports Complex.
Further lower on the table, it is a race for a top half finish and on the weekend, it was Thika United who did themselves a big favor with a 3 – 1 win over visiting Bandari FC on Sunday to hit the 37 points mark while Muhoroni Youth also registered a win by the same margin, condemning KRA to a sixth straight defeat.
The ramifications of the Muho – KRA result saw the Taxmen drop out of the top half to 11th place on 33 points while Muho is seventh with 34 points and are on course for their best ever finish in the league.
In Kisumu, Western Stima’s hopes of finishing in the top half were dented by a Joash Onyango own goal that saw the side from Kakamega held to a 1 – 1 draw. Stima is now placed ninth with 33 points while KCB, on 24 points, opened a four point buffer from the drop zone.
In the final match of the weekend, Top Fry AllStars did themselves no favors in their quest for survival as they fell 0 – 2 at home to AFC Leopards. The result meant AFC Leopards stays 12th on the log with 32 points while they still have a game in hand as their case against Sony Sugar drags on.
Top Fry AllStars, on their part, are staring at the drop since they are eight points behind 14th placed KCB with four matches remaining.