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Sofapaka Edge Tusker, Gor Mahia Hit Record Points

Sofapaka FC players hurdle in prayer ahead of a previous SPL match. PHOTO/File
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NAIROBI, Kenya- Sofapaka FC moved to second place with a laboured 1-0 win over Tusker FC in a SportPesa Premier League (SPL) match played at the Ruaraka Grounds.

Humphrey Okoti scored the solitary goal in the 32nd minute to take Batoto Ba Mungu’s tally to 52, 21 behind league leaders Gor Mahia FC who beat Kakamega Homeboyz FC by a similar margin to hit a record 73 points.

Bandari FC continued their resurgence with a 1-0 win over Ulinzi Stars FC as Nakumatt FC scrapped through Sony Sugar FC 1-0 in Awendo.

In Kisumu, Western Stima FC left it late to beat Posta Rangers FC 1-0 while Masoud Juma helped himself to a brace in the Kariobangi Sharks FC’s 4-1 win over Nzoia Sugar FC.

The Kenyan international stretched his lead in the race for the 2017 SPL Golden Boot to 17.

Juma opened the scoring four minutes into the match with a half volley from inside the six yard box after being put through by Ibrahim Kitawi. Patrick Kwitonda equalized three minutes later.

Both teams created equal chances the first half but a change in tactics saw William Muluya’s boys overcome his opposite number, Bernard Mwalala with three more strikes.

Duke Abuya was set up by Juma in the 68th to restore the lead following a nice cross from Ovella Ochieng’ from the flank.

In the 70th, Lawrence Juma won a free kick at the edge of the box but had his effort veered off the target. Sharks cleared their lines three minutes later as substitute Victor Omondi threatened to pull one back.

Patillah Omoto forced Benson Mangala in Nzoia goal to a fingertip save in the 79th from a well-executed free kick before Juma closed the scoring two minutes from time with his double when he broke free.

Ochomo red card

Abuya rounded the scoring deep into added on time to send Sharks bench into wild celebrations with victory sending them up to fifth on 49 as Nzoia (43) dropped to ninth.

Elsewhere in Mumias, Jacques Tuyisenge took his tally to 13 when he notched the winner for SPL champions Gor in a 1-0 victory over Homeboyz. The hosts had a Jeremiah Wanjala penalty saved by Shaban Odhoji in the first half.

Homeboyz finished with 10 men after former Gor striker Wycliffe Ochomo was sent off for elbowing Ernest Wendo in the 37th as his appalling disciplinary record in the SPL continued.

And in Awendo, Kepha Aswani also scored his 13th of the season to help Nakumatt stop Sony Sugar 1-0 and ease their relegation fears.

Nakumatt improved to 39 before their last match at home to Sharks.

Meanwhile in Mombasa, Darius Msagha was the difference between Bandari and Ulinzi, the youngster netting late in the match for the only goal of the match.

Late drama unfolded in Kisumu in Stima’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Posta Rangers that kept their slim survival hopes alive heading to the last day.

Fredrick Nyarombo was denied a goal by referee Davies Omweno to give Posta a lifeline and the visitors should have wrapped all three points but Dennis Mukaisi missed from the spot.

There was still time for Ezekiel Otuoma to strike at the death to leave Stima level on 35 points with Thika United FC who will play Zoo Kericho FC (37) in midweek.

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