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Mathare Remain Top Despite Rangers Defeat, Nzoia Win

NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya Premier League (KPL) leaders Mathare United FC suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of Posta Rangers FC on Sunday but they remain in the lead with 23 points, one ahead of Gor Mahia FC who have three games in hand.

It was a bright start for Rangers in the game as they went 2-0 up in the opening 15 minutes courtesy of goals by Kennedy Otieno and John Nairuka.

It seemed as though we were in for a thriller when Mathare star Clifford Alwanga reduced the deficit in the 24th minute with a well taken goal.

Those were to be the only goals of the game as superb and resilient defending by Posta Rangers ensured they hang on to the lead until the final whistle for their third win in the last five matches.

The win saw the Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo side go into fourth place on the KPL table with 17 points, one ahead of Nzoia Sugar FC who registered a very important 1-0 win over Bandari FC earlier on Sunday.

Biggest winners

There were also two barren draws in the KPL as 2016 champions Tusker FC were held by Vihiga United FC and ten-man Thika United FC fought hard to earn a deserved point away to Ulinzi Stars FC.

Tusker remain with only two wins so far this season, leaving them in 13th place with 10, a point ahead of opponents and newcomers Vihiga, who as well as Thika have only managed one win in the 2018 KPL campaign.

Chemelil Sugar FC were the biggest winners of the weekend handing Wazito FC their second loss in four days with a 3-1 drubbing at the Chemelil Sports Complex.

Wazito, who lost 1-0 to champions Gor Mahia FC on Wednesday at the Kenyatta Stadium, have a game in hand and are in 12th place with 11 points from the nine matches they have played this season.

In the match-day 11 late dramatic Sunday kick-off, there were two penalties and a red card as 10-man Sony Sugar FC came from a goal down to hold Sofapaka to a 1-1 draw at the Ruaraka Grounds.

Custodian, Mathias Kigonya, scored yet another goal in the first half to give the 2009 champions a 1-0 advantage that they took into half-time.

Samuel Olare was sent off early in the second half and it was a David Simiyu penalty that rescued the point for the sugar millers, giving John Baraza an unsatisfactory first day at the office in charge of Batoto Ba Mungu.

 

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