Kenyan Premier League (KPL) came with a share of its surprises with Gor Mahia finding themselves at position three heading into week seven after being held to a goalless draw by Tusker FC in what was billed as the game of the week.
There were points picked by Nakumatt FC against a much fancied Western Stima side with the shoppers’ fellow newbies Zoo Kericho picking their first point of the season. But how it go in other games of week six?
Friday 21 April
Chemelil Sugar FC 1-0 Bandari
In the only game on Friday, Hillary Echesa rolled back the years to help Chemelil to their third win of the season. Despite being at sixth spot, the Abdalla Juma coached side have only lost one game and seems to be using their home ground into good use. They are on 11 points; only three points below leaders Posta Rangers.
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Saturday 22 April
Gor Mahia 0-0 Tusker FC
Gor Mahia came into this game knowing that any slip would have an effect on their position a top of the KPL log and it came to pass after a series of fluffed chances. They twice hit the upright in a game that was marred by the poor state of the Afraha pitch due to the heavy downpour that took place minutes before the match kicked off. Tusker came into the game on the back of two draws and did well in the better part of the match and despite being reduced to ten men fifteen minutes from time after Hashim Sempala received his marching orders, they held on for a precious point.
Posta Rangers 1-0 Kariobangi Sharks
Posta Rangers remains the only team in the division yet to lose a match. Defence has been their major strength where they have only conceded one goal in their last six games. Against Sharks, Joseph Mbugi was the hero as his 39th minute penalty was all his team needed to see the tie out. Sharks work rate in the game should be commended too after playing with a man less for the better part of the game following the sending off of defender Pascal Ogweno.
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Muhoroni Youth FC 2-0 Sony Sugar
If home matches were to count this season, then Muhoroni Youth would have been third on the log. Only Posta Rangers and Bandari FC have a better home record than the James Omondi coached side. They arrived in this game second from bottom on the log but first half goals from Robert Ouma and Bliss Kityo now sees them climb to 11th spot. Sony are placed 10th but with Posta Rangers next in their roster, they will hope to banish the Muhoroni result and get a positive result against a team that is on its best form.
Sofapaka 0-0 Kakamega H. Boys
Homeboyz came into this game on a back of a loss with Coach Mike Mururi knowing very well that another loss would have been a disaster on his side’s chances of keeping pace with the chasing park. The result must be a setback for Sofapaka who have been one of the most in-form teams in the division.
Nakumatt 2-0 Western Stima
Apart from the Gor Mahia win in week two of league action, there seems to be a problem with this Stima team. They find themselves third from bottom and with a tie against a tricky Nzoia Sugar FC up next, Omino will have to find a formula to conjure wins lest he be left behind this early in the season. Kepha Aswani and Peter Nzuki did the trick for the shoppers; their second win of the season and now find themselves 9th on the log.
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Nzoia Sugar FC 1-1 Zoo Kericho
Despite still being at the foot of the log, Zoo Kericho scored their first goal in the league and picked their first point too after coming from a goal down to hold Nzoia to a 1-1 draw. Lawrence Juma had given the Bernard Mwalala coached side the lead in the 24th minute but Mike Madoya ensure the tie of the newbies ended all square with an equalizer nine minutes later.
Sunday 23 April
Ulinzi Stars 5-1 Mathare United
Last season it was John Makwatta who carried this Ulinzi team but the early signs this season shows that Stephen Waruru will be the main man for the soldiers. Despite spending last year in military duties, the forward has notched four goals already this season and his double against the slum boys with goals apiece from Samuel Onyango, Daniel Waweru and Enosh Ochieng maintaining their unbeaten run. Mathare’s consolation was notched in by Derrick Onyango.
Thika United 1-2 AFC Leopards
The win against Thika United ensures that AFC Leopards sit above arch rivals Gor Mahia for a week- and probably more should they win again. Gilbert Fiamenyo, who seems to be thriving in his new environment was to give them the lead in the 36th minute before Whyvonne Isuza doubled their lead in the 68th minute. Thika United consolation came five minutes from time through Salim Mzee; their first home loss of the season.