KPL Review: Western Stima rise to the top

The power men have taken control of KPL standings following their third win from four ties as Chemelil punished favourites Sofapaka in Awasi

Henry Omino marked his return to Western Stima in style with a 2-1 win over Top Fry Nakuru All Stars away, a result that elevated the power men to the top of the Kenya Premier League standings.

Stima added up their tally to nine points after registering third victory from four opening matches. However, for their hosts, it was a bitter afternoon as they succumbed to their fourth straight defeat and the realities of top flight football have began to be felt.

Peter Okidi, who was handed over the mantle after German coach Oliver Page was sacked, hoped to begin his era with a win after guiding the team earn promotion, but the only positive thing they managed from the game is scoring their first ever top flight goal.

In Awasi, Chemelil Sugar continued with their unbeaten run after shocking Sofapaka by a solitary goal, Gaerson Likonoh delivering the three points. With the win, Chemelil, who have won two and drawn a similar number, climbed to second on the log with eight points.

Batoto ba Mungu, who are highly seen as one of the title favorites, succumbed to their second defeat of the season after previously going down to another sugar milling side, Sony a fortnight ago in Machakos. Sony did not kick a ball this weekend and dropped from the league’s leadership to third on seven points.

Francis Kimanzi as well ensured he remains unbeaten in the league after a 2-1 win over Bandari at the Ruaraka Complex on Saturday. Tusker scored a controversial winner through Ismail Dunga from the spot after Kevin Kimani was fouled in the box, with the former Mathare man accused of diving.

With the win, Tusker climb to 4th with seven points. KRA continued to impress after a decent 1-0 win over Muhoroni Youth at the Ruaraka Stadium. The tax men are on seven points as well after four games and are perched 5th on the standings. Muhoroni remain winless in the league so far and are placed 15th on the standings.

It was a disappointing weekend for Ulinzi Stars and KCB as both registered negative results. Ulinzi Stars scraped in their fourth draw of the season after coming off with a point against City Stars at Hope Centre. KCB too registered a third draw out of opening four games, being held by Mathare United at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.