FKFPL Wrap: Gor, Murang’a Seal return to winning ways as Homeboyz end Ingwe’s winning streak

19th February 2024

Gor Mahia extended their lead at the top of the log to eight points at the end of match day 22.

Gor Mahia celebrate after scoring against City Stars. PHOTO| SportPesa
Gor Mahia celebrate after scoring against City Stars. PHOTO| SportPesa
  • Gor Mahia ended their two-match winless run with victory against Nairobi City Stars
  • Murang'a Seal got their first win after 104 days.
  • AFC Leopards saw their five-match winning streak brought to an end.

The Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) is getting tastier as we approach the end of the season.

Match week 22 was even better as previously struggling clubs such as Murang’a Seal finally registered positive results.

Others like Tusker, Posta Rangers and Gor Mahia masterminded victories once again as they continued with their quest of fighting for the coveted FKFPL title this season

Meanwhile, there was some off-pitch incidents with Shabana fans causing chaos as they demanded an answer from the club management regarding their poor run.

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Here is a wrap of all the action witnessed in match week 22.

Gor Mahia open 8-point gap

Gor Mahia returned to winning ways after narrowly edging out a strong Nairobi City Stars side 1-0 in a crunch tie staged at the Machakos Stadium.

Benson Omalla scored the goal early in the first half and sprinted towards Gor Mahia supporters to celebrate the crucial breakthrough.

The goal meant a lot to the 22-year-old since he has had a tough time recently which might have impacted him psychologically.

The forward was expected to seal a move away from Gor Mahia in the January transfer window but it collapsed at the last minute, denying him a life-changing opportunity.

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Moreover, the former Western Stima player had gone seven games without finding the back of the net in the league.

His goal ensured the multiple champions opened an eight-point gap at the top of the FKFPL standings as they drew closer to defending their title.

Murang’a Seal finally returns to winning ways

A struggling Murang’a Seal side finally found joy in the FKFPL after playing 11 matches without picking up the maximum points. 

The Abdalla Juma-coached side overcame pre-match favorites Bidco United in an encounter that was staged at the serene SportPesa Arena on Saturday evening.

ALSO READ: Reprieve as Murang’a Seal beat Bidco to register first win after 104 days

New signing Robert Mudenyu, who scored his first goal, was the savior for Murang’a Seal as his first-half header ensured they won the match.

The morale-boosting win helped the Central region-based club to climb to 11th in the table standings with 27 points, three behind Bidco who occupy the ninth position. 

Ingo Derby fails to live up to expectations

The eagerly anticipated western derby between Kakamega Homeboyz and AFC Leopards failed to live up to the expectations this time round as the two sides played to a barren draw.

A win for Ingwe would have helped them overtake Homeboyz in the FKFPL log since the two clubs were separated by a single point before the match. 

ALSO READ: Tusker jump to third after spanking KCB as Ingwe, Homeboyz fire blanks

With nothing but three points on their minds, hundreds of AFC Leopards fans traveled from Nairobi to Bukhungu Stadium expecting their club to dismantle foes Kakamega Homeboyz.

However, it was never to be as the hosts gave everything to avoid humiliation at their own backyard, ensuring the match ended in a barren draw.

The two clubs currently sit at position seven and eight in the FKFPL table with Homeboyz having 31 points. 

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FKFPL match week 22 results 

Posta Rangers 1 - 0 Ulinzi Stars

Police FC 1 - 0 Shabana FC

Kariobangi Sharks 1 - 1 FC Talanta

Tusker FC 2 - 0 KCB FC

Nairobi City Stars 0 - 1 Gor Mahia

Nzoia Sugar 1 - 2 Bandari FC

Murang’a Seal 1 - 0 Bidco United

Sofapaka FC 2 - 2 Muhoroni Youth

Kakamega Homeboyz 0 - 0 AFC Leopards