Gor Mahia are now a point away from collecting their 13th Kenyan Premier League title after seeing off title contenders Sofapaka 1-0 to open up a ten point gap at the top.
Ugandan import Dan Sserunkuma proved to be the difference once again, scoring in 89th minute after Gor Mahia were overwhelmed in the entire match.
Sofapaka were hungrier to get the points as they knew it was the only way that will guarantee them an open chance to fight for the crown. They created chance after chance with Gor Mahia constantly on the back foot but were never lucky to beat Jerim Onyango.
Captain James Situma and man of the match Bernard Mang’oli provided the first chances for the men in white, both from free-kicks. Situma saw his shot rise above the bar by just few inches while Jerim Onyango stretched to save off Mang’oli’s effort.
On the opposite end, Kevin Omondi had a chance for Gor Mahia after Joseph Wanyonyi dispossessed James Situma in midfield to feed him. However, Omondi saw his effort go just over. Gor Mahia were constantly attacking from floated balls on the wings, and this proved a bad idea as Duncan Ochieng was comfortable collecting over the short K’Ogalo strikers.
John Baraza had a chance for Sofapaka in 43rd minute, a well worked move with Bob Mugalia setting in a low cross, Mustafa Kasolo setting up last year’s top scorer, but the latter saw his shot deflected for a corner.
Towards the end of the first period, Joseph Wanyonyi had a shot go inches wide after collecting Musa Mohamed’s ball on the left. Elly Asieche’s introduction for Sofapaka in the second period for Bob Mugalia proved to be a wise decision for Sam Timbe as the winger added some flare in the attack.
He set up Mustafa Kasolo after beating the offside trap and floating in a cross that the Ugandan headed wide with completely no pressure on him.
Minutes later Yussuf Juma made a superb move on the left, twisiting and going past David Owino, but Jerim Onyango denied him with a save of equal measure as the shot. Asieche again floated in a low ball, but this time John Baraza failed to beat Jerim Onyango at the edge of the six yard box.
Needing a goal coach Bobby Williamson introduce Mungai Kiongera, Patrick Oboya and Moses Odhiambo in the latter stages. Oboya almost made an instant impact, releasing Joseph Wanyonyi but the 17-year old struck his shot just wide.
It was Kiongera who would pay up for his introduction with a lovely flick on for Ssrerunkuma who did well under pressure from James Situma and Yussuf Juma to shoot into Dancun Ochieng’s roof.