Sofapaka draw with Sharks hands Gor chance to extend lead by 11 points as they face Thika United


Sofapaka were held to a barren draw by Kariobangi Sharks to complicate their title chances as they left the race to a one horse race should they beat Thika United on Sunday.

Gor Mahia will  extend their lead at the top of the league to 11 points if they win their Sunday clash in Thika.

Thika United is yet to beat Gor Mahia in 15 attempts and the best they have done is a draw with the 15 time Kenya champions out chasing their 16th title.

Claims of poor officiating came up in the clash between Sofapaka and Kariobangi Sharks but Gor Mahia, unbeaten since June 18 when they lost 2-0 to Sofapaka, have gone nine games unbeaten and will be aiming to make it a perfect ten on Sunday in Thika where they have been winning at will.

Sofapaka and Kariobangi Sharks played a balanced game, both sides getting chances but failing to take advantage.

Sofapaka would be the ones feeling disadvantaged by the result as they had hoped to cut Gor Mahia’s lead to six points but K’Ogalo now enjoy eight points lead with two games at hand it seems the title may be headed to K’Ogalo unless they slip, which looks highly unlikely given their recent form which has seen them win eight of their last nine games under new coach Dylan Kerr.

Sofapaka,  beaten by Ulinzi 2-1 in the midweek chances through Mathew Odongo in the opening minutes of the game but his header went wide.

Sharks too had chances through Partilla Omotto,  Ebrimma Sanneh and Duke Abuya but they could not go past keeper George Opiyo .

Sofapaka now have 42 points from 25 games, Sharks are third with  with 38 points from 24 matches.

On Sunday, Gor Mahia start favourites against Thika United who are in relegation zone.

But a draw should not be a surprise, Thika United held K’Ogalo to a draw in the first half despite suffering a poor form while the latter were rich in form.

Bandari will be at home in Mbaraki against Zoo Kericho as they look to end their poor run at home while AFC Leopards and Kakamega Homeboys will fight it out in Mumias in what has been dubbed the “Ingo Derby.”

Chemelil Sugar after soaking in seven goals in their last two games host Nakumatt while free falling champions Tusker play Mathare United at Ruaraka with Nzoia playing at their Sudi grounds against relegation threatened Muhoroni Youth.

Posta Rangers whose title chances seem to have fallen by the wayside play Ulinzi Stars and Sony Sugar travel to Kisumu to play Western Stima.

Sunday Games:

AFC Leopards v Kakamega Homeboyz (Kenyatta Stadium, 3pm)

Bandari v Zoo Kericho (Mbaraki Sports Club, 3pm)

Chemelil Sugar v Nakumatt (Chemelil Sports Complex, 3pm)

Tusker v Mathare United (Ruaraka Ground, 3pm)

Nzoia Sugar v Muhoroni Youth (Sudi Stadium, 3pm)

Posta Rangers v Ulinzi Stars (Thika Stadium, 2pm)

Thika United v Gor Mahia (Thika Stadium, 4.15pm)

Western Stima v Sony Sugar (Moi Stadium, 3pm)


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