Gor Mahia remained firmly on top of the Kenyan Premier League title race as they beat Posta Rangers by a solitary goal in a midweek match on Wednesday.
Second placed Sofapaka hammered Nzoia United 3-1, Muhoroni Youth were 2-0 winners over Thika United, Kakamega Homeboyz beat Bandari by a solitary goal, Sony Sugar floored Zoo Kericho 2-1 while Mathare United forced a one all draw with Nakumatt FC.
But the big game of the day was the second game at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani here Gor Mahia was chasing their first in over Posta Rangers in five matches. With Sofapaka having closed in earlier in the day to within three points, after their win over Nzoia, Gor Mahia’s work was cut out, they had to beat the stubborn mailmen.
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr started with experienced forward Meddie Kagere and Jaques Tuyisenge upfront, Kenneth Muguna and Ernest Wendo were the men in the midfield with George Odhiambo “Blackberry” and Godfrey Walusimbi in the flanks. Wellington Ochieng was back in the left fullback, Musa Mohammed and Haron Shakava in the central defense and Karim Nzigiyimana on the right while Fredrick Onyango was preferred ahead of Bonface Oluoch in goal as the Malta born coach used a 4-4-2 system.
That system made it difficult for Rangers to get head ways and it was Gor Mahia who were making the earlier forays, Tuyisenge and Walusimbi missing the initial chances before Kagere scored in the 22nd minute with a sublime touch.
The match was to end that way despite a late blackout that briefly halted the game for five minutes.
Gor now has 43 points from 20 games.
Earlier, at Kasarani, Umaru Kasumba opened the scores for Sofapaka in the third minute as Batoto ba Mungu hammered Nzoia 3-1 in the highest scoring game of the day.
That win took them to 37 points as they continued to chase Gor Mahia.
In Machakos Francis Manoah came off the bench to score the all important goal as Kariobangi Sharks downed Western Stima 1-0 while in Mumias Ali Bai scored for the home side after picking good cross from Moses Mudavadi minutes into the second half in the game against Bandari.
In Awendo Sony Sugar took the lead over Zoo Kericho minutes before halftime when Samuel Olare’s free kick was tapped in by Alfred Onyango.
But Mike Madoya restored parity with ten minutes of the game remaining from a spot kick after an infringement in the box.
However with three minutes of regular time remaining Amos Asembeka was on the mark as he handed the sugar-millers the precious points.
At Ruaraka Mathare United came from down to hold Nakumatt to a one all draw. On form Chris Oduor was Mathare United’s savour with a second half strike that cancelled out Kepha Aswani’s first half goal.
Sofapaka 3:1 Nzoia Sugar
KK Homeboyz 1:0 Bandari
Muhoroni Youth 2:0 Thika United
Mathare United 1:1 Nakumatt FC
SoNy Sugar 2:1 Zoo Kericho FC
Posta Rangers 0 Gor Mahia 1
Kariobangi Sharks 1:0 Western Stima