KPL Review: Gor Mahia back on top as league contenders falter

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As the top challengers for the league crown faltered, Gor Mahia seized the chance to return to the top of the Kenyan Premier League collecting maximum points.

Ulinzi Stars, leaders ahead of the weekend clashes were felled by Nzoia Sugar, Tusker and Posta Rangers played to a one all draw bringing changes in the leadership of the league.

For AFC Leopards, It is back to the same old story-losing. They were beaten by Western Stima.

Gor Mahia beat Nakumatt 2-0 but they will have to thank their Ugandan import Godfrey Walusimbi for the victory. Walusimbi had a hand in both goals and was also at the right place twice to save Gor Mahia from conceding.

The Ugandan had his free kick headed into the net by Nakumatt defender Eugene Ambulwa and it seemed that Gor Mahia was headed for a routine win, but they were wasteful in front of goal and were nearly made to pay at the end were it not for the positioning of Walusimbi who first blocked a goal bound header by Bonface Akenga in the 86th minute. Walusimbi was also well placed to block another goal bound goal in the 90th with George Odhiambo “Blackberry” picking the resultant ball from deep in the Gor half, raced on to score the winner.

That win propelled Gor back to the top of the table with 31 points, one ahead of Posta Rangers who shared the spoils with defending champions Tusker in Meru. The mailmen were ahead early through Dennis Mukaisi but Bonface Muchiri saved the Ruaraka boys the blushes. Tusker are fourth with with 29 same as Ulinzi who were beaten 2-1 by Nzoia Sugar.

Robert Matano’s return as head coach of AFC Leopards albeit on temporary basis had elicited some hope at the den more so after Ingwe had won their first league match in nine attempts beating Bandari by a solitary goal in Mombasa and seeing off Bidco in the GOTv Shield, their weekend loss to Western Stima has deflated all the litlte confidence that was beginning build at the den.

Ezekiel Otwoma scored in the opening ten minutes as Henry Omino’s men held on for yet another victory over AFC Leopards who are 13th with 19 points while the electric boys moved off the relegation zone to 15th with 17 points.

Mathare United remained rooted at the bottom of the table after they were held by Kakamega Homeboyz. The slum boys have 13 points, one less than Thika United and two behind Muhoroni Youth. Thika played to a barren draw with Chemelil Sugar while Muhoironi Youth held Sofapaka to a one all draw.

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