Champions Gor Mahia climb back to KPL summit
Gor Mahia scaled back to the top of the Kenyan Premier League log after a 2-1 win over Sofapaka
Gor Mahia scaled back to the top of the Kenyan Premier League log after a 2-1 win over Sofapaka in a catch up fixture played in Kisumu on Wednesday evening. Kenneth Muguna headed home the winner in the second half to send the holders to 42 points, two ahead of second placed Western Stima.
With one match remaining in hand, K’Ogalo can open a five point breather between them and the chasing pack as they hunt for a record extending 19th league crown.
Sofapaka had threatened to break Gor’s long dominance as they had only won thrice against the league champions.
Lawrence Juma gave the holders a 12th minute lead with a neat finish off Boniface Omondi’s cross. However, Sofapaka, struggling for form this season drew back level in the 18th minute when new signing Jaden Nana pounced on a spilled ball from keeper Mapigano to poke the ball home.
John Baraza’s side should have been 2-1 up by the half hour mark but Nana missed a complete sitter with just the keeper to beat, placing his shot wide.
Three minutes later, Titus Achesa made a darting run down the left before setting up Thomas Wainaiana, but the latter’s effort was turned behind for a corner by Mapigano.
Six minutes after the break, Sofapaka had an even better chance when Wainaina’s tap from a Nana cross beat Mapigano in Gor’s goal, but defender Charles Momanyi raced back to clear off the line.
For that glaring miss, Sofapaka were punished when Muguna headed home a cross from substitute Samuel Onyango in the 62nd minute.
Meanwhile in Kericho, Mathare picked up a point on the road after drawing 2-2 with Zoo in Kericho.
With his first goal in Mathare colors, Daniel Lual broke the deadlock early in the game before Wilson Anekeya drew his side level. Seven minutes from the restart though, James Kinyanjui put Mathare back ahead, but they couldn’t hold on.
Collins Neto scored the equalizer for the home side in the 70th minute to see the points shared.