Gor beat Nzoia to go six clear, Sofapaka up to second
Gor Mahia extended their unbeaten run to sixteen with a 3-1 win over Nzoia Sugar at Moi Stadium, Kisumu
Gor Mahia moved six points clear at the top of the Kenyan Premier League standings with a 3-1 win over Nzoia Sugar at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, as Sofapaka moved to second place with a 3-0 win over Thika United in Narok.
The two results meant Gor Mahia moved to 40 points in the standings while Sofapaka moved up to second with 34 points though K’Ogalo have a four-match deficit.
Against Nzoia, Gor had the first chance of the game after 13 minutes when Meddie Kagere was played through by Jack Tuyisenge but his shot went wide. Tuyisenge then had a chance after 22 minutes after going through one on one with keeper Ben mangala, but his effort was saved.
On his second attempt though from a similar situation in the 34th minute, he broke the deadlock with a neat low finish. K’Ogalo needed just two minutes into the second half to stretch their lead, Mieno nodding home a cross.
Tuyisenge completed his brace on the hour mark when he rose to power a header past Mangala from Kagere’s cross. Nzoia scored their consolation deep in stoppage time when defender Otieno headed past Boniface Oluoch a free kick from skipper Edgar Nzano.
In Narok, Piston Mutamba marked his debut well, scoring the opener after 65 minutes with a low finish inside the box. Substitute Kevin Kimani doubled the tally from the penalty spot two minutes later after Dennis Odhiambo handled inside the box.
Elli Asieche then put the icing on the cake 15 minutes from time when he connected a freekick from Kimani after a Thika defended poorly. Sofapaka had dominated the game in the first half with keeper Eliud Emase making brilliant saves for Thika denying Stephen Waruru and Kepha Aswani.
“We had a very good second half and it was after we talked at half time and I told the players they had to step up and make the chances count. This is a good result for us especially after losing on Wednesday against AFC,” Sofapaka coach John Baraza said.
With the loss, Thika’s relegation fight was dealt a major blow as they remained 16th in the standings, only one point off the drop zone.