Gor Mahia striker Timothy Otieno is kept under tight watch by Thika United defenders Wilson Anekeya (left) and Christopher Oruchum in the teams' clash at the Thika Sub County Stadium on Sunday 17 September
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Gor Mahia, Leopards, Rangers held as Bandari, Chemelil, Nzoia post wins
By Dan Ngulu | Sun 17 Sep, 2017 17:33

AFC Leopards and Posta Rangers’ struggles in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) continued in the 25th week of action on Sunday 17 September, with the two sides playing to barren draws with Kakamega Homeboyz and Ulinzi Stars respectively as Gor Mahia's title charge was slowed with a barren draw by lowly Thika United while Bandari and Chemelil Sugar returned to winning ways as Nzoia Sugar FC’s dominance at home continued.

Gor Mahia failed to take advantage of Sofapaka's slip up in the draw with Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday as the league leaders played to a 0 - 0 stalemate with relegation threatened Thika United. K'Ogalo still stay atop the KPL log with 51 points, nine better than second placed Sofapaka, and with a game in hand.

At Mbaraki Sports Club, Bandari brought to an end their run of four winless out with a 3 – 0 in over league debutants Zoo FC while Chemelil hit two past cash strapped Nakumatt at the Chemelil Sugar Complex as Nzoia saw off relegation threatened Muhoroni Youth 3 – 1 at Sudi Stadium.

Man down

In Chemelil, the hosts had to finish the game with a man down but still held their own to with courtesy of Collins Neto's brace - his goals coming in quick succession, in the 52 and 55th minutes. Kennedy Odhiambo's sending off was the only negative for the millers on a day they bagged their first win in four attempts. Odhiambo was first booked in the 13th minute before getting his marching orders with a second yellow in the 80th minute.

In Mombasa, a brace from Cosmas Fred in the 16th minute and the second minute of added time at the end of the first half, set Bandari well for their first win after five fruitless attempts and Noah Abich confirmed the three points against Zoo FC with a well taken free kick in the first minute of the three injury time minutes. The comfortable win sees the Dockers rise two places up, to ninth with 33 points as Zoo, with their third straight loss drop to 12th on 29 points.

Nzoia on song

At the Sudi Stadium, Nzoia Sugar registered another big win, beating Muhoroni Youth to rise to sixth place on 37 points as they condemned their visitors to prolonged stay at the foot of the table. Luke Namanda scored the opener in the 10th minute and Lawrence Juma doubled the scores in the 31st. Maxwell Onyango pulled one back for Muhoroni Youth in the 77th minute but Victor Omondi restored the two - goal cushion with a goal in the 80th minute.

Earlier on, Sony Sugar rose to 10th on the log with a 2 - 1 win over Western Stima at the Moi Stadium, Kisumu, their third straight victory.

Click here to view the standings after the weekend matches.

Dan Ngulu

Twitter: @danodinga

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