Gor Mahia are two wins from the KPL title

By nesta kizito
Oct 20, 2014
  • Daniel Onyango fo Gor Mahia keeps his balance in amatch against Mathare United which 'Kogalo' won 1-0 to move four points clear in the league table. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • George "Blackberry" Odhiambo scored the lone goal for Gor Mahia against Mathare United. (Photo by Shutterspeed).

Gor Mahia are only two wins away from retaining the Kenyan Premier League title following their 1-0 win over Mathare United at City Stadium on Sunday.

But K’Ogalo could effectively bring the title race to an abrupt end with victory over second-placed Sofapaka in their next match.

Sunday’s win saw Gor Mahia moving to 54 points from 27 matches to re-establish a four-point cushion above their nearest challengers.

Next weekend’s top of the table clash will therefore be a potential title decider given that if Gor Mahia win they will attain 57 points effectively locking out Batoto ba Mungu from the title race with two matches to spare.

On paper, however, Tusker would still be in position to attain the same threshold but only if they win all their last four matches.

The match at City Stadium was settled in the 34th minute when the unmarked George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo headed home Dan Sserunkuma’s pinpoint cross.

Chances were at a premium in the match although Gor Mahia goalkeeperJerim Onyango almost gifted Mathare the equalizer when he fluffed Emmanuel Ibe’s effort but David Owino reacted quickly to mop up the danger.

“We played well in a tough match. But we are taking one match at a time,” Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttal said while also showering praises on the goal scorer. “Odhiambo (George) is doing well. He is getting more confident and it is working for him,” he said.

Relegation dog fight

Whereas Gor Mahia were inching closer to the league title, relegation fighting City Stars and KCB did themselves little favour by losing their respective matches.

Second from bottom City Stars succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Sony Sugar away in Awendo to stay four points behind KCB, who likewise sunk to a 2-1 loss to Chemelil Sugar at Kasarani.

Samuel Onyango accounted for both Sony’s goals while at Kasarani, Meshack Karani and Hamisi Mwinyi were Chemelil’s goal scorers. The bankers’ consolation goal was netted by Raymond Murugi.

And just like in the title race, the three-way relegation dog fight – that also involves basement side Nakuru All Stars – is not yet a done deal. With 17 points, All Stars, who managed a barren draw against Bandari on Saturday, still habour slim hopes of surviving the axe.

But that unlikely scenario will only be possible in the event that they win all their last three matches – including victories over City Stars and KCB – and the two teams also losing their other two matches.

The fate of title contenders and league strugglers alike could therefore be determined in next weekend’s round of matches.