Gor Mahia sink Bandari, Mathare and Tusker all square in Machakos

By alex wafula
Apr 28, 2016
  • Mercelo Ferreira guided Gor Mahia to a 2-0 win over Bandari in Mombasa. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Gor Mahia, the defending champions of the SportPesa-sponsored Kenya Premier League continued with their resurgence by beating Bandari FC 2-0 at the Mbaraki Complex in Mombasa on Thursday evening.

The win for the 15-time league champions came off a 1-0 victory over Sony Sugar last weekend. They are now sixth on the standings, four points off leaders Mathare United.

In this match, there were no scores in the first half. Gor opened the scores eight minutes in the second half through George Blackberry Odhiambo. They increased the tempo but had to wait until the third minute of added time when Felly Mulumba scored an own goal.

Bandari have now lost six matches despite having one of the most expensively assembled squads in the top tier. Twahir Muhiddin's side are 10th on the standings with 13 points.

The structure at the top of the table remained the same after Tusker FC and Mathare United drew 2-2 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Barely a minute into the match, Tusker FC led from a goal by Mike Khamati who scored a bouncing header at close range from a Noah Wafula cross.

Mathare responded in the fourth minute with Eric Johannah tapping home at the far post from a Robinson Kamura free-kick. Khamati should have put Tusker 2-1 up but failed to connect a Noah Wafula pass after beating the offside trap.

Tusker were made to pay for the missed chance with Johannah getting his second with a superb left footed shot from the edge of the six yard box. Khamati atoned for his missed chance, getting Tusker back on level terms almost immediately punishing an error by keeper Robert Mboya who dropped a seemingly harmless cross from Wafula.

Dislocated shoulder

Mboya came off after dislocating his shoulder from an awkward fall while trying to recover and win the ball back before Khamati pulled the trigger.

At the start of the second period, Mathare kept to their attacking game plan with Kamura having a free-kick fly inches over the bar from 30-yards out while Bernard Otieno saw his close range shot parried away by Okello in the 58th minute.

Tusker had a superb chance from a counter attack in the 64th minute, but Wafula who was set up by John Macharia was wide. The two sides gave it their all in the final 20 minutes but failed to break the deadlock.

“It was a high tempo match and some kind of a derby. It was expected to be tough and for me, I am happy with the point. We had chances, we scored, they also had chances and scored and missed some but at the end of the 90 minutes it is a fair result,” Tusker head coach Paul Nkata said after the match.

Elsewhere, Calvin Odongo stepped off the bench to score the winner as Posta Rangers beat Ushuru FC 1-0 at the Nyayo Stadium to move to third on the standings.

At the Muhoroni Complex, Wycliffe Ochomo continued his good form scoring a goal in either half as the hosts beat Nairobi City Stars 2-0.

In Nakuru, John Mark Makwatta scored twice to take his season tally to five as Ulinzi Stars beat Chemelil Sugar 2-1 to move to fourth on the standings.

Results: Ulinzi Stars 2 Chemelil Sugar 1 (Afraha), Muhoroni Youth 2 City Stars 0 (Muhoroni), Sony Sugar 1 KK Homeboyz 0 (Awendo), Thika United 0 Sofapaka 0 (Thika), Tusker FC 2 Mathare United 2 (Kenyatta Stadium), Bandari 0 Gor Mahia 2 (Mbaraki).