Gor Mahia fall to Sofapaka, title race wide open

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 26, 2014

Sofapaka run out deserved winners over Gor Mahia at Kenyatta Stadium, Leopards overcome closed door ban to pip Chemelil Sugar in Kisumu while KCB keep alive their hopes of survival with draw away to Bandari in Sunday’s matches.

Sofapaka came from a goal down, an own goal, to down table leaders Gor Mahia at the Kenyatta Stadium to ensure the title race remained wide open with two rounds of matches remaining.

A win for Gor would have mathematically confirmed them the 2014 champions but instead the result means confirmation of the league winner may have to wait until the final day of action with second-placed Sofapaka and third-placed Tusker all in with the chance of taking the title.

Under a full Kenyatta Stadium Gor took the lead barely two minutes into the match through an own goal by Eugene Asike.

The Sofapaka defensive mainstay attempted a back pass to his goalkeeper David Okello but could only watch in agony as the ball rolled into the net. To their credit, Sofapaka did not panic and slowly began dominating the game.

The 2009 champions brought back parity 15 minutes later through two-goal hero Abdoul Fiston Razak. The Burundian international calmly chested a deep punt from John Njoroge to beat Gor goalkeeper Jerim Onyango with equal aplomb.

Razak returned sharper in the second half to rise above a lethargic Gor defence and head home Enoch Agwanda’s long throw-in in the 53rd minute for his and the club’s second. It appeared all was lost for K'Ogalo when Anthony Ndolo got on the end of an Agwanda cross to beat the despairing dive of Onyango for Sofapaka’s third as crowd trouble flared from the stands.

The busy Dan Sserunkuma was denied by the post his flying header but compatriot Geoffrey Kizito was on hand to rifle the rebound home for Gor’s second on 83 minutes.

A remarkable 10 minutes of time was added on but they made no difference as the match ended 3-2. "To be honest Sofapaka deserved the win. They were very determined and played very well,” Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttal said. He, however, took issue with his team’s defending that was ruthlessly exploited by a sharp Sofapaka frontline.

KCB push for safety, AFC win

Relegation battling KCB inched ever closer to safety after battling hard to hold Bandari at the Mbaraki Stadium. Bandari took the lead barely 10 minutes into the match through Bruno Sserunkuma, before the bankers leveled matters in the second half through John Macharia’s spot kick.

Bandari’s Humphrey Okoti was sent off for dissent.

Sanctioned AFC Leopards edged out a resilient Chemelil Sugar behind closed doors at the Moi Stadium. Michael Khamati, who came in as a second half substitute for Austine Ikenna, accounted for the solitary goal of the game in the 89th minute to consolidate Leopards’ top eight position.

Chemelil recorded their third loss in three matches, and have slipped to fifth place with 44 points behind the red-hot Ulinzi Stars who are ahead by three more points.

Mathare United and visiting Sony Sugar cancelled each other out in a thrilling encounter at Kenyatta Stadium. Edwin Ombasa opened the scores for Mathare early in the game after receiving a neat pass from Noah Abich to slot the ball beneath the arms of Sony goalkeeper Lucas Indeche.

But Sony’s reliable hitman Marwa Chamberi equalized from the spot kick minutes later.

“It has been a very difficult game. My boys played very badly in the first half but they stepped up in the second half and even though we didn’t score a goal, I am happy we managed a point,” Sony Sugar coach Zedekiah Otieno said.