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Gor return to KPL summit

Fifteen-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia are back to the top of the Kenyan Premier League standings after a 2-0 victory over Chemelil Sugar in Thika on Wednesday.

Posta Rangers, who have been at the apex for the past one month, were dislodged after being held to a 1-1 draw by Muhoroni Youth.

K’Ogalo continued with their imperious form picking up from where they left off in their 3-0 victory over arch rivals AFC Leopards over the weekend.

Timothy Otieno and Kenneth Muguna scored in the opening half as Gor soared to 22 points on the log, same as Posta Rangers who have an inferior goal difference. The Mailmen were staring at a first defeat this season after Maxwell Onyango had given the hosts the lead, but Gaerson Likono grabbed them a point with a 70th-minute goal.

At the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, Ulinzi Stars climbed to third after a 1-0 win over Sofapaka. Daniel Waweru scored his second goal of the season on the hour mark, taking the military side to 18 points on the log, four behind the leaders.

“It was pleasing to win such a tough match and it has given us more confidence because after losing twice in a row, we were a bit flat out. We have less time to prepare ahead of our next match but we have to make sure we don’t drop the rhythm,” Ulinzi coach Benjamin Nyangweso said after the match.

His opposite number Sam Ssimbwa was disappointed his side slumped to a second successive loss, having been beaten by Posta Rangers over the weekend.

“Today, we did everything okay. We played according to instruction and created chances, but luck was not on our side. I am only disappointed that we have lost two matches consecutively. It is not good for our ambitions,” Ssimbwa said after the game.

His side was brighter in most of the opening minutes of the first half and late in the second half. Batoto ba Mungu were gifted with a chance in the seventh minute after Ulinzi keeper Jacktone Odhiambo handled outside the box, but Sofapaka could not capitalise with keeper Mathews Kigonya sending the freekick direct to the wall.

James Kasibante had another glorious opportunity in the 31st minute but he headed wide unmarked inside the box. Ulinzi’s best chance of the opening half fell on top scorer Stephen Waruru, but he could not score in an empty net with Kigonya off his line.

The soldiers though made the most of their few chances in the second half when Waweru calmly beat Kigonya one on one after being sent through by Evans Amwoka.

Sofapaka camped in Ulinzi’s half, sending in high balls to try and unlock the defence but they were never lucky.

In other fixtures, defending champions Tusker FC continued with their winning run, picking the fourth on the trot after a 2-0 win over Zoo Kericho. At the Ruaraka Complex, Nakumatt were 2-1 winners over Thika United while in Mombasa, Bandari won via the same margin against Nzoia Sugar.


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