• ‘Invincible’ Leopards on-song as Gor begin revival

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Apr 16, 2012-

With their nearest rivals floundering, AFC Leopards opened up a six point lead at the top of the table as the Kenyan Premier League reached the one third mark at the weekend.

While Ingwe pulled all stops to subdue the hard-fighting Thika United on Saturday, second-placed Sofapaka dropped three vital points falling to a 1-0 defeat to Gor Mahia.

Reigning champions Tusker fell further behind the league leaders after they let a two-goal lead slip through their fingers to share the spoils with Mathare United on a treacherous playing surface at the Nyayo national Stadium.

However, the two major talking points were Leopards continued stranglehold of the league leadership and Gor’s long-awaited reawakening.

Ironically, by halting an eight-match winless streak, Gor unwittingly helped their bitter rivals stay clear ahead of the chasing pack. Regardless, the win was good for both teams and their fans.

Even the newly-appointed Gor coach, Zdravko Logarusic, was elated by the team’s first win since his appointment two weeks ago.

“The players did their best. They played their hearts out and they have all reasons to sing and dance”, the Croatian said after the match. Still unbeaten this season, Leopards now have a 26 points from 10 matches.

On Saturday in Thika, Victor Ochieng and Mike Baraza’s quick fire goals was enough to earn Jan Koops’ men a 2-1 win. Sofapaka remain second on 20 points despite succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to Gor courtesy of a controversial Rama Salim penalty.

With Sofapaka’s losing valuable ground, Tusker should have climbed to second spot but they too slipped up against the ‘Slum Boys’ to drop one place to fourth on 19 points.

The brewers swapped places with Chemeill Sugar, who moved up after beating KCB 1-0 on Sunday. Western Stima, Muhoroni Youth, Karuturi Sports, Ulinzi Stars and KCB fill up rest of the top ten slots.

At the lower end of the log, Nairobi City Stars are still rooted to the bottom inspite of a credible barren draw with 2010 champions Ulinzi.

The draw did little justice to Ulinzi who have weathered a heavy storm since the beginning of the new season.

Alongside City Stars in the drop zone are Rangers whosettled for a similar result against Karuturi Sports 24 hours earlier.

Gor who were lying second from bottom before meeting Sofapaka have now moved up four places to eleventh, though 2 wins in ten matches makes for grim statistics for K’Ogalo.

Nesta Kizito

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