...as former champions Tusker triumph to cement top spot and Sofapaka return to winning ways after stopping Mathare United at Machakos
Ulinzi Stars finally secured their first victory of the season after beating Western Stima by a solitary goal at Mumias Complex on Wednesday.
The Soldiers, who recently appointed Robert Matano as head coach, scored in the early minutes of the first half through Stephen Waruru.
The striker scored his second goal of the season, converting a free-kick from the edge of the box after Kevin Amwayi was fouled at the edge. The win now settles nerves of the soldiers, who had gone for seven games without a win.
Ulinzi now move to 12th on the log with nine points as they commence their journey to the top. At Machakos Stadium, Sofapaka bounced back to winning ways and moved to third on the log with a 2-1 win over Mathare United.
Collins Shivachi scored his first competitive goal for Sofapaka in the first half heading in before Enock Agwanda netted his fourth goal of the season with a simple tap in.
Noah Abich clawed one back for Stanley Okumbi’s men in the 76th minute, converting from the penalty spot. “It was a good game and we played well, deservedly taking the three points. The players responded well especially after the defeat to Tusker over the weekend and we now move strongly forward,” assistant coach David Ouma told Goal.
At Ruaraka Stadium, Jesse Were’s 38th minute goal ensured Francis Kimanzi remain unbeaten in the league as they won 1-0 against Sony Sugar, moving to 18 points at the peak of the standings.
Bob Mugalia, playing his first game for the brewers since moving from Sofapaka, provided the assist with the goal hungry Were burying it for Kimanzi’s side.
At Afraha Stadium, Top Fry All Stars moved out of the drop zone for the first time this season, picking up their fourth point of the season after a barren draw with Bandari. At Kawangware’s Hope Centre, Tom Brett began his tenure at the help of City Stars with a barren draw against Chemelil Sugar.