Mathare dent Top Fry’s survival chances

By nesta kizito
Aug 11, 2014
  • Bernard Omondi (l) of Top Fry Nakuru challenges Tusker FC's Andrew Tololwa. Tusker FC are top of the table while Top Fry Nakuru are battling against relegation. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Only three goals were scored in the four Kenyan Premier League matches played on Sunday. Mathare United were the day’s only winners thanks to a 1-0 win over hosts Top Fry Nakuru at Afraha Stadium.

Elsewhere, Thika United and Sony Sugar settled for a 1-1 draw, Tusker were held to a barren draw by Chemelil Sugar in Awasi while Sofapaka were likewise frustrated to a scoreless result by hosts Bandari at the Mombasa County Stadium.

At Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium, Top Fry Nakuru’s hopes of surviving imminent relegation were dealt a severe blow by Mathare United. Tetiesh Olesu capitalized on a defensive mix up to score the match’s lone goal early in the first half.

Top Fry Nakuru now remain bottom of the 16-team log with 13 points from 21 matches. KCB, whose match against Gor Mahia was postponed, are three points ahead of the Nakuru side but with a match in hand.

On the top end of the table, leaders Tusker failed to pull clear after being held to a barren draw by Chemelil. The brewers had the better chances of the game but neither Ali Abondo nor Brian Osumba could convert great chances that came their way either side of the break.

Top of table

However, Francis Kimanzi’s men have now moved ahead of Gor Mahia on top of the table with 39 points from 21 matches. Sofapaka also marginally closed in on second-placed Gor Mahia with the single point that they picked against Bandari in Mombasa.

Bandari were dominant in the early exchanges but Shaban Kenga, Victor Majid, Kepha Aswani, Victor Ndinya and Lazo Simba all failed to convert the numerous chances that came their way.

They were nearly made to pay for their wastefulness at the half hour mark when veteran striker John Baraza received a free-kick pass from midfielder Maurice Odipo and unleashed a powerful shot that was saved by Bandari goalkeeper Kenneth Onyach who was standing in for Wilson Obungu.

Sofapaka were in control of the match towards half time and immediately after the break but their finishing in the final third was wanting.

At Thika Stadium, Dennis Odhiambo gave the host a 25th minute lead from the spot after Michael Olunga was brought down in the box. But 13 minutes later Sony drew level in similar fashion through Sylvester Wanyama’s calmly taken penalty.

Sony Sugar finished the match with ten men after defender Victor Ademba was sent off by centre referee Davies Omweno for dissent.