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Monday, 23 March 2015

GOR MAHIA TOPS KENYA LEAGUE

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia cemented their lead at the apex of the standings with the third straight after beating visiting Chemelil Sugar 3-1 at the Nyayo National Stadium.
K’Ogalo never showed any signs of fatigue despite their laboured 2-1 win over Bandari on Thursday at the City Stadium and coach Frank Nuttal will have plenty of positives to pick on ahead of their assignment in Congo this weekend in the CAF Champions’ League return match.
Ali Abondo continued to shine in his return from Tusker, scoring his sixth goal in all competitions for the defending champions.  Abondo has scored in every competitive match he has started in since returning from Tusker. Meddie Kagere scored his second goal for K’Ogalo as Khalid Aucho also opened his goal scoring account for the league champions.
Meshack Karani scored the sugar millers’ consolation but it was never enough.  In the early kick off, former Tusker FC winger Robert Omnuk returned to haunt his former side, scoring the lone goal as Ushuru beat Tusker FC. This was coach Ken Kenyatta’s first league win since August 1, last year and coach Kenyatta was more than happy breaking an 11-match winless streak.
The taxmen had lost their opening league match 2-1 to Sofapaka and this win was surely belated for Kenyatta who has been with the team for 11 years. “We breathe a sigh of relief definitely and we now focus on the next match. We knew it was going to be tough but we stuck to our strategy and kept their attacks at bay,” Kenyatta said after the match.
The experienced tactician had started the match with two ex-Tusker players on his team, Samwel Odhiambo starting in goal while Omnuk was one of the offensive players picked up. And it only took four minutes before Omnuk reminded the Brewers they blundered letting him go, beating Farouk Sikhalo in Tusker’s goal.
Francis Kimanzi’s side still seeking a maiden league win after being held to a one-all draw by Thika on the opening weekend had chances to level with Andrew Tololwa coming close with a header from Dennis Ng’anga’s cross going wide. Odhiambo did well against his former side, saving Dennis Ng’ang’as shot from the left away as well as stopping Ishmael Dunga’s attempt from close range.
Kimanzi’s tactical genius never paid off in the second period despite making attacking substitutions in a bid to unlock a resolute Ushuru defence. Brian Osumba, Kevin Kimani and Stephen Owusu all came on but were unable to change the end result. At the Ruaraka complex, visiting Bandari ensured they travel back to the Coast at least with a point after holding Sofapaka to a two-all draw.
Bandari had lost to Gor Mahia on Thursday and needed a positive result against another assignment at home on Wednesday. Former City Stars striker George Abege scored a brace with Sofapaka’s goals coming from John Baraza and enock Agwanda. Ulinzi Stars recovered from the 2015 Kenya Premier League (KPL) humiliation to beat visiting Western Stima 1-0 in its second KPL match staged at the Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium yesterday.
Despite missing the services of its key defender who is out on a knee injury and midfielder Erick Apul, nursing a minor injury, Ulinzi found their opponents a hard nut to crack in the early minutes of the first half. “The game began in a tensed mood, and knowing well had to work on the defense lapses that cost us last year, we fought it well,” said the servicemen’s head coach Robert Matano.
Ulinzi’s solitary goal came through a penalty shot by John Makwata in the 19th minute following handball. The home team earned its first corner brought by Brian Birgen which did not penetrate Dennis Sikhangi’s defense.
And as second half resumed, Matano brought in veteran goalie Victor Ochieng in place of inured James Saruni as Omino substituted Frederick Nyarombo and his place taken by Edmond Maundu.
Prior to the match commence, Stima’s head coach Henry Omino had told People Sports that his target was to accumulate another three points, to ensure him stand at six points in its second league match.