Gor Mahia inch closer to KPL title

Gor Mahia are just a victory away from defending their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title after a 3-1 victory over Muhoroni Youth at the Moi stadium in Kisumu on Saturday ensured they stayed top of the table, three points behind second-placed Sofapaka.

Gor went ahead courtesy of prolific striker Dan Sserunkuma before Muhoroni equalised a few minutes later through Enos Ochieng.

Gor did not give up and restored their lead in the 40th minute through a Geoffrey Kizito free kick after the Muhoroni goalkeeper was fouled for staying with the ball for more than six seconds in the box.

K’Ogalo took the game beyond reach in the second half, Sserunkuma completing his brace after breaking lose from Muhoroni defenders.

Sofapaka meanwhile, ensured the fight will be decided on the final day following a 2-1 win over AFC Leopards at the Mumias Complex.
Enock Agwanda hit a brace for Sofapaka but Leopards pulled one back through Austine Ikenna’s penalty.

This was the second time in two weeks Sofapaka was beating Ingwe, having got the better of them in the trouble-ridden GOtv Shield match on Mashujaa Day.

Sofapaka, however, finished the match with 10 men after right back Collins Shivachi saw a straight red card after handling a goal-bound shot from Ikenna in the 76th minute which resulted in the penalty.

Batoto ba Mungu face Tusker in the final match of the season next week and they will be hoping to pick up all three points, hoping KRA will stop Gor at the City Stadium.

KRA though have the odds against them as they lost their eighth consecutive premier league match, going down 2-0 at home to Chemelil Sugar also on Saturday.

Meshack Karani grabbed all two as Mike Mururi’s men cemented fifth spot, hanging just one point shy of Ulinzi Stars. The Soldiers were held to a frustrating draw at home by visiting Bandari.

meanwhile, with Nakuru All Stars already relegated from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), one more team must be axed and that is either City Stars or KCB.

City Stars will face All Stars in Nakuru while the bankers welcome Sony Sugar at the Ruaraka Complex in Nairobi.

KCB only need a draw to survive even if City Stars win due to their superior goal difference, meaning the latter will need a victory of more than five or six goals in their final match to topple them.

Rishadi Shedu’s KCB have picked three draws and a win in their last five assignments with City Stars losing four of their last five.

City Stars’ last loss against Muhoroni Youth in Nairobi heavily dented their survival chances with coach Robinson Ofwoko admitting that only a miracle will save them.

Shedu is, however, inching closer to that ‘miracle’ after picking KCB from the jaws of relegation.

“We are almost there, but I cannot say we are there. The match against Sony will be very important and we want to win so that our final game can be played under no pressure. It has been a tough journey and we do not intend to fail in the final lap,” said Shedu.

“Sony is a strong team and they will pose a very tough challenge. We need to be careful and avoid dropping points. In the worst case scenario, we should get a draw,” added Shedu.

Tusker who were given some slim title hopes following KPL’s decision to award them their abandoned match against Muhoroni will be hoping for some last minute hopes when they play Thika United at their Ruaraka background.

At Nyayo Stadium, Mathare United will be seeking a top eight placing when they face Western Stima.