Gor drop points, Leopards roam free

By nesta kizito
Mar 19, 2014
  • Jacob Kelli of AFC Leopards is tackled by Alfred Onyango of Sony Sugar. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Gor Mahia missed and Sony Sugar missed out on opportunities to climb to the top of the Kenyan Premier League table after both teams dropped valuable points on Wednesday evening.

Defending champions Gor Mahia lost their one hundred percent record in the league on a frustrating afternoon at City Stadium where they were held to a scoreless draw by Thika United while a few kilometers down the road Sony Sugar lost their unbeaten run after falling 0-1 to AFC Leopards.

However, Gor will take consolation from the fact that they still remain unbeaten in four matches and are yet to concede a goal.

K’Ogalo leapfrogged Tusker to third place with 10 points on the account of their superior goal difference while Sony, even with the loss, remained second on 10 points, one behind leaders Chemeilil Sugar.

In contrast, AFC Leopards’ hard fought victory over the sugar millers was their first in five matches. The result lifted Ingwe four places up the table to ninth with 6 points.

Sserunkuma penalty saved

At City Stadium, where Thika were playing as the home side, Dan Sserunkuma had his penalty kick saved by Hamza Muwoge early in the second half after Vincent Omumbo handled the ball in the box.

One-on-one Thika almost punished Gor late in the match when second half substitute Moses Arita outran his markers only to be denied by Gor Mahia goalkeeper David Juma on a one-on-one situation.

A livid Gor Mahia coach Bobby Willaimson was left ranting and raving on the touchline at the end of the match while, Thika tactician John Kamau appeared content with the outcome. “Defensively we played well. The boys were alert and limited the chances created by our opponents. The only department that still needs improvement is our finishing,” Kamau said.

Leopards benefit from penalty

At Nyayo Stadium Leopards rode their luck after benefiting from a first half penalty which all but earned them the long sought after victory. Ingwe had Jacob Keli to thank after he won a penalty at the half hour mark when he was upended in the box by Alfred Onyango.

The ever reliable Allan Wanga dispatched the resultant spot kick with aplomb. But Sony gave as much they received and could have easily snatched a point from Leopards.

Their best chance of the match came at the tail end of the encounter when Edwin Oduor got to the end of Marwa Chamberi’s cross only to watch his point blank headers tipped over the top by Martin Musalia.