KPL goes down to the wire after Gor win

Oct 31, 2010

The 2010 Kenya Premier League is going down to the wire with Ulinzi Stars and Gor Mahia locked in a two-way title chase.

Nonetheless, Ulinzi who tried to shake off Gor stays on the top with 55 points to the latter's 52 points going into the league's penultimate stage.

After the leaders saw off a stubborn Sonya Sugar 2-1 on Saturday at Nakuru’s  Afraha Stadium, K'Ogalo had their work cut out for them; a win was the only option in Sunday’s game at Thika Municipal stadium.

And win they did away to Thika United with the loud and visible support of their loyal travelling fans. Like in their previous match Gor were run rugged by their opponents before settling the matter through a second half spot kick yet again.

Gor got their much-needed win through a 60 minute Ivan Anguyo penalty after George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo was fouled in the box.

The results mean that the race has now turned into a two-horse race with Tusker and Sofapaka almost certainly out after managing uninspiring draws in their respective matches.

Elsewhere on Sunday, reigning champions Sofapaka saw their chances of retaining the league title go up in smoke after being held to a 1-1 draw by a revamped Posta Rangers in Naivasha.

AFC Leopards suffered their third straight defeat after falling  0-1 to Karuturi Sports at Mumias Sports Complex.

The visitors’ goal came in the 19 minute through veteran striker Jacob Omondi. 

In Naivasha, relegation-bound Mahakama scored what could be their biggest win of the season after they stunned a fast-fading Mathare United 2-0.

An 87 minute Michael Oyando goal was enough for KCB to pip 1-0 at Hope Centre.

With Ulinzi (55 points) leading Gor (53 points) the stage is now set for a grandstand finish. So, who will blink first?

 

Steven Omondi

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