Bandari, Gor Mahia narrow Thika's lead

By nesta kizito
Jun 24, 2013
  • Bandari FC in a past League match.(Photo:SNA File)

Bandari and Gor Mahia were among the biggest winners after the weekend Kenyan Premier League matches.

Returnees Bandari continued their fairy tale run with a 2-0 victory over Chemelil Sugar to inch closer to the top of the table.

Gor Mahia also, inspite of the absence of their head coach Zdravko Logarusic, closed in following a deserved a 2-1 win over Karuturi Sport that hosited them to third place.

At the same time, despite dropping valuable points, Thika United remained ahead with 25 points although their lead has now been slashed to just two points by Bandari who are snapping at their heels.

Thika could only manage a point against Western Stima on Saturday after the two teams shared the spoils 0-0 in a match the former should have easily won.

In Nakuru, Gor Mahia were bouyed by a sea of green and white that thronged Afraha Stadium as K'Ogalo chalked up three important points in the absence of Logarusic who from all indications has deserted the team.

Gor now have 21 points and are well placed to climb further up the table should they take full advantage of the three matches that they have at hand.

The other major beneficiaries of the weekend were reigning champions Tusker and AFC Leopards, both of whom recorded big wins.

Leopards awake from slumber

A Jesse Were inspired Tusker whipped a hapless Kakamega Homeboyz 5-1 at the latter's Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, while Leopards awoke from their deep slumber with an emphatic 3-0 demolition of Sofapaka on Saturday at City stadium.

Regardless, both teams are still very much off the pace with Tusker now in seventh place with 19 points while Leopards have climbed three places up to tenth with 17 points.

One time leaders Sofapaka, have slid two places down to fourth following that disastrous outing. Batoto ba Mungu have 21 points, same as Gor, but with an inferior goal difference.

Fifth placed Ulinzi Stars have a similar number of points after being held to a disappointing barren draw by Nairobi City Stars at the weekend. Perennial pacesetters KCB, seem to be a downward spiral.

At the weekend the bankers blew away a two goal lead to settle for a 2-2 with Mathare United and are now down to sixth with 19 points.

The other teams in the top ten are Chemelil Sugar, at eighth with 19 points and Nairobi City Stars at ninth also on 19 points. Nothing much has changed at the rear end of the table, only that the noose seems to be tightening on the neck of debutants Homeboyz.

The Kakamega outfit are still rock bottom with 9 points, four less than the two teams above them Muhoroni Youth and Karuturi Sports.