Kakamega Homeboyz, Sofapaka put the pressure on Gor Mahia

By alex wafula
Oct 02, 2017
  • Kariobangi Sharks' Masoud Choka shields the ball from Thika United's Chris Oruchum. Thika United won 1-0. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kakamega Homeboyz and Sofapaka continued exerting pressure on league leaders Gor Mahia after they both won their Kenya Premier League matches on Sunday.

Kakamega Homeboyz beat Ulinzi Stars 1-0 while Sofapaka defeated AFC Leopards 2-0 at the Narok Stadium.

Mike Mururi’s Homeboyz remained second on the log but reduced their deficit with the leaders back to nine points while Sofapaka dislodged Ulinzi from the third spot. They have 39 points, 11 behind Gor Mahia.

Benjamin Nyangweso, the Ulinzi Stars coach rued missed chances against Homeboyz while Mururi was elated.

“We played very well and I am happy that we could sustain the pressure and go home with three points. We don’t want to put ourselves in the title fighting pressure. I have told my boys that we only need to keep playing and winning our games,” Mururi said.

Ulinzi had a good start when Michael Otieno and Oliver Rutto both tested keeper David Juma who was equal to the task.

Ulinzi’s early dominance without result backfired two minutes from half time when Jeremiah Wanjala converted from the penalty spot after the Ulinzi defense handled the ball inside the box.

In the second half, Ulinzi Stars went on full offensive with KPL top scorer Stephen Waruru having two well taken shots saved by Juma.

Sofapaka bounced back 

Sofapaka bounced back to winning ways by beating AFC Leopards 2-0. Both goals were scored by Feni Ali.

AFC Leopards were one goal down after only two minutes when Ali got to the end of a one-two interchange of passes before calmly slotting past Ian Otieno.

The Ugandan forward signed in June from SC Villa only waited for 17 minutes before he could complete his brace, firing a vicious shot from the edge of the area.

While the hunt for the title continued with the two chasing teams winning, the battle at the bottom became more interesting.

Thika United moved out of the relegation zone for the first time this season when they beat Kariobangi Sharks 1-0 at the Thika Stadium.

Mathare United dropped back to the red zone when they drew 1-1 away to Chemelil Sugar.

Mathare who have been struggling to knit in results were headed for a 1-0 loss after Collins Neto had given the sugar millers the lead, but Elijah Mwanzia once again popped up with a late goal from the penalty spot to save Mathare.

In Thika, Christopher Oruchum handed Thika their first win in five matches as Nicholas Muyoti men injected meaningful adrenaline to their chase to avoid the chop.

Oruchum came to the end of a Wilson Anekeya cross in the 54th minute, tapping home for the vital three points.

Kariobangi Sharks had a good first half creating chances, but  could not convert them. Matthew Tayo exchanged passes with Cavin Odongo before breaking into the box, but failed to beat fellow Ugandan Allan Owiny.

They were punished for their wastefulness early in the second half when Oruchum took advantage of poor marking to slot home.

KPL Weekend results

Saturday: Gor Mahia 3 Bandari 1 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Nzoia Sugar 0 Western Stima 0 (Sudi Stadium, Bungoma).

Sunday: Posta Rangers 0 SoNy Sugar 0, Thika United 1 Kariobangi Sharks 0 (Thika Sub-County Stadium), Chemelil Sugar 1 Mathare United 1 (Chemelil), Sofapaka 2 AFC Leopards 0 (Narok Stadium), Ulinzi Stars 0 Kariobangi Sharks 1 (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru).