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KPL Tidbits: Gor Mahia crowned as Wazito end Mwalala’s unbeaten run with Bandari

15:26 GMT+3 01/10/2018
Raila Odinga presents KPL trophy to Gor Mahia.
The lakeside city of Kisumu was thrown into a carnival mood as K’Ogalo were presented with the Kenyan Premier League trophy on Sunday

  • Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr with KPL trophy.

    #1 Gor Mahia lay hands on 17th title

    Jacques Tuyisenge hit his 14th goal of the season on a day that saw Gor Mahia crowned the 2018 Kenyan Premier League champions after a 2-2 draw against Mathare United. Gor Mahia players, officials and fans momentarily forgot the cash flow troubles the team has endured in recent weeks as they basked in the glory of their success this season. Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who doubles as the club’s patron, handed over the giant trophy to captain Harun Shakava as thousands of fans in the stadium erupted into celebrations. It was the second league trophy for coach Dylan Kerr since he joined Gor Mahia from Tanzanian giants Simba SC.

  • Nzoia Sugar coach Bernard Mwalala looks on as his side registered another important win

    #2 Wazito FC end Bernard Mwalala run

    The Dockers will go into the history books as the first club from the Coastline to have finished second in the Kenyan Premier League in recent times. The Dockers, who have already secured the second spot, have been enjoying a good run of form under Bernard Mwalala, who joined the side in July. But Bandari finally lost a match in the second leg. Interestingly, relegated side Wazito managed to do what even champions Gor Mahia failed to do when they handed Bandari a 2-1 defeat at the Camp Toyoyo.

  • Mathare United provide guard of honour for Gor Mahia.

    #3 Mathare United deny Gor Mahia again!

    Dylan Kerr sealed his second consecutive KPL title with Gor Mahia, a perfect record for the Briton, who is barely one and a half years old in Kenya. But one team has been a constant pain on the flesh of Gor Mahia, under Kerr. Mathare United once again denied the record KPL champions maximum points after a 2-2 draw on Sunday. The ‘Slum Boys’ came from two goals down to force an identical draw having caged K’Ogalo in the opening leg. Mathare United picked maximum points from Gor Mahia last season, even though Kerr was not in charge of the first leg.

  • Gor Mahia v AFC Leopards fans

    #4 Violence mars Gor Mahia coronation

    Even though there were no major incidents at the Moi Stadium as Gor Mahia battled to a 2-2 draw against Mathare United, the scenes that preceded the coronation ceremony left a sour taste on the lips of Kisumu residents as thug-like actions by a section of K’Ogalo fans once again left a permanent mark on the image of the club. Gor Mahia fans allegedly walked into a local restaurant, ordered for food, then majestically walked out with unsettled bills, but not without administering serious beatings on the attendants. The incident left some workers nursing serious wounds while properties worth thousands of shillings were destroyed in the process.

  • Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge v George Odhiambo.

    #5 Golden Boot race down to the wire

    Kariobangi Sharks forward Erick Kapaito has found his form at the right time when the race for the 2018 KPL Golden Boot has taken a final bend. Kapaito has now scored eight goals in four games in all competitions for Sharks. His brace against Vihiga United saw him catch up with leading scorer, Jacques Tuyisenge of Gor Mahia. Both players have 14 goals each. With just one game left before the end of the season, all eyes will be on the two players when the 2018 KPL season winds up on October 4.

  • Elvis Nandwa of Ulinzi Stars v Gor Mahia.

    #6 Ulinzi Stars back to winning ways

    Enosh Ochieng rose from the bench to inspire Ulinzi Stars to a win over AFC Leopards. The Soldiers had gone for two consecutive games without a victory but rose from the ashes with a hard-fought win over Ingwe, who on the other hand, picked their third consecutive defeat. Elvis Nandwa scored his 12th goal of the season in a 2-1 win over Ingwe, to join the leading scorers, who are in the race for the prestigious award. The win over Ingwe took Ulinzi Stars to third on the log at the expense of AFC Leopards and Sofapaka, who drew with Nakumatt at the Narok Stadium.