Were Tusker to replicate the kind of performance they exhibited against Mathare United in week 21 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) action, the league could have been in their bag ages ago. This was followed by a goalless draw in Kisumu where Ken Odhiambo’s Bandari FC frustrated defending Champions Gor Mahia.
As if the top of the table clash was enticing, Sofapaka, made a statement of their intention of maintaining their top flight status in the absence of head coach David Ouma by thrashing fellow relegation member City Star 5-0 on August 7 Sunday.
Saturday 6 August
Mathare United 0-2 Tusker FC
There was no way Tusker FC were going to lose this match if they were to keep their title quest intact. In what seemed to be a game that might as well have determined who would be pushing Gor Mahia all the way through the second half of the season, Tusker toppled Mathare United; the latter seemingly having lost enormous ground in catching up with the leading park.
Here, Clifford Alwanga, who has seen little game time under Paul Nkata put the brewers ahead with just three minutes gone with Allan Wanga adding a second early in the second half to wrap up the proceedings to ease a little pressure on the shoulder of Nkata.
Western Stima 0-3 Sony Sugar
Stima came into this game on a back of some impressive run. They had not lost a single game in their past five matches and came into the game of a 4-0 drubbing of Ushuru FC; a streak that had seen them at the fifth position on the log. They were however shell shocked as a first half strike from Masoud Juma and two strikes later in the second half through Victor Ademba and Amos Asembeka brought the Henry Omino coached side down to earth. The results might have dented Omino’s surge at the top of the table but it came as a relief for Salim Babu who are not yet safe from the relegation.
AFC Leopards 3-2 Ushuru FC
In one of the most enticing game in the division, AFC Leopards managed to come from two goals down to escape with maximum points at the Mumias Complex. All seems lost when Maurice Odipo put the taxmen ahead with a sumptuous header in the 29th minute with Dennis Wafula adding a second less than ten minutes later and all seems lost for Ivan Minnaert and his charges.
His substitution seem to have turned the game into his favor as Kepha Aswani and Benard Ongoma who came for Allan Kateregga and Yusuf Suf respectively after the break bagged the Belgian maximum points. Aswani reduced the deficit in the 65th minute with Ongoma restoring parity a minute later; the latter’s goal being a mockery for Odhonji who has had a superb season for Ushuru. Aswani was to bag his tenth of the season and the Leopards third with 11 minutes remaining on the clock.
Sunday 7 August
Sofapaka 5-0 Nairobi City Stars
In the absence of head coach David Ouma, Sofapaka did themselves a huge favour in their quest to maintain their top flight status by a 5-0 drubbing of City Stars. Goals apiece from Enock Okwil, Noah Abich, Jafar Saim, Moses Odhiambo and Isaac Mutanga was all they needed to reduce the gap between them and City Stars to one. City Stars will now know that they will have to dig deep if they are to stay afloat with Sofapaka hoping to bank on their June 2016 recruits and the Sofapaka result to turn fortunes into their favor.
Thika United 1-1 Kakamega Homeboyz
Two of the most inform teams came face to face in search of important points to cement their places on the log. Thika United who had surprised Tusker FC in their previous outing had not lost their past four games with Homeboyz coming on the back of a 2-1 win over Mathare United and had not lost their past six games. Homeboyz started on a front foot; Andrew Murunga putting them into the lead only for new Thika United star Onwudi Chibueze to restore parity minutes later. It might not be the result that James Nandwa had hoped for considering he is 13th on the log but it was a plus for Mike Mururi who was playing away from home.
Chemelil Sugar 1-0 Muhoroni Youth FC
Derby day was Chemelil’s day. Bobby Ogola should be a worried man after another tepid performance from his charges, losing concentration at a very crucial time of the game. He had urged his charges to concentrate through the entire game but it seems they had not got the memo after Jared Obwoge scored with the last kick of the match in what now see them drop from position five to eight. Chemelil who had a disastrous first leg are now placed sixth but will have to keep pedaling because they are just three points away from 11th placed Bandari FC.
Gor Mahia 0-0 Bandari
Another week and another slump for Ze Maria and his charges. It was evident that his team is under pressure after he snubbed the post-match interview only to send his captain to represent him. The captain, Musa Mohammed admitted that there was pressure and that might have given Tusker the edge. In Gor Mahia, everyone expects them to perform and with Posta Rangers next in their roster, they will need to get maximum points hoping that Tusker slips again. For Bandari it was a morale booster and a result they can bank on heading into their next games.
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