KPL Review: Gor Mahia cling to top spot

…as Chemelil Sugar remain unbeaten in 16-team league with victory over Thika United and KRA move to third after a 1-0 win against Mathare Utd

Gor Mahia ensured they stayed on top of premier league standings after match week 11 with a 1-0 win over Sony Sugar at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday.

However, the toast of the weekend will be Chemelil Sugar, who stayed on top for less than 24 hours and extending their unbeaten run with a 2-1 win over Thika United as well as debutants KRA, who moved to third after a 1-0 win over Mathare United.

At Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, Danny Sserunkuma was once again Gor Mahia’s savior, scoring the lone goal that would gift K’Ogalo maximum points. Despite their off-field tribulations, the Green Army ensured they gave their fans something to smile about.

K’Ogalo have not lost in the last four matches and they now enjoy the summit with 23 points, two ahead of second placed Chemelil. The sugar men continued with their impressive run winning second consecutive game against Thika United.

Hillary Echesa was the toast of the side setting up an equalizer after Thika had gone ahead and scoring the winner in added time. KRA jumped from 5th to 3rd on the log with Joseph Mulume’s first half goal being the difference against Mathare United. KRA have won the last four games and their performance is raising eyebrows among league’s big boys.

It was also a weekend of joy for AFC Leopards’ after they broke a 16-year jinx against Tusker, winning 1-0 at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. In as many times this year, Jackson Saleh was again the hero for Ingwe, scoring the lone goal.

The win however, sees Ingwe still retain 10th spot with 14 points, same as Sony Sugar who have a better goal aggregate. For Tusker’s Francis Kimanzi, it was their third straight defeat after starting the season with pace and the loss leaves them 5th on the log with 18 points, five adrift leaders Gor Mahia.

2009 champions Sofapaka would have clawed into the top three but they never utilized their chance, being held to a three-all draw by Western Stima at Machakos Stadium. Batoto ba Mungu had taken an early 2-0 lead but a slip in concentration gifted Stima a comeback and almost won the match save for Clifton Miheso’s 45th minute goal.

Sofapaka are 4th with 18 points while Stima climbed to 7th with 15 points. Ulinzi Stars under coach Robert Matano registered their second win of the season, managing a revenge against KCB for their KPL Top 8 ouster, winning 2-1 at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. The win lifted the soldiers a place to 12th with 13 points while KCB remained 15th with a meager six points.

Nakuru Top Fry All Stars could not move themselves off bottom after earning a priceless point in their away visit to City Stars. Bandari also earned a point against Muhoroni Youth, staying 12th while their hosts moved a spot to 8th place.