Gor closer to title, Chemelil shock Ingwe

By alex wafula
Aug 29, 2021
  • Joab Omino of Chemelil Sugar sends Michael Khamati the wrong way in a KPL match which Chemelil won 2-1. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Michael Olunga missed the match against Bandari. He was in South Africa for trials and is expected back on Monday. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Gor Mahia, the Kenyan Premier League leaders are three points from confirming they are the 2015 champions.

This is after they beat Bandari 2-1 on Saturday in Mombasa. Gor now have 62 points.

Gor’s next match is against their closest opponents Ulinzi Stars. A win against Ulinzi will see them declared champions. 

In Mombasa, Godfrey Walusimbi scored in either half as Gor edged Bandari at the Mombasa County Stadium.

Wilson Obungu, the Bandari goalkeeper conceded what appeared to be a soft goal in the 24th minute. Obungu’s overall performance irked coach Twahir Muhiddin who hinted at benching the custodian in the next match.

“I am disappointed with his performance. There are things we have been telling him to do in goal but he hasn’t been able to. Maybe he is tired and needs a rest. We will have to give him rest and give the chance to youngsters,” a dejected Muhiddin said after the match.

Obungu seemed to have had the ball covered from a Walusimbi curling effort from the edge of the box, but the ball took an awkward bounce infront of him and into the net.

Before scoring, it was Gor who always looked threatening with Enock Agwanda seeing two efforts go begging in his first premier league start for K’Ogalo. Agwanda had been given the nod in the absence of Michael Olunga.

Olunga has been on trials with South African club Bidvest Wits and is expected back in the country on Monday.

Lack of firepower

Despite conceding early, Bandari were resilient in their team organization. Their biggest undoing was a lack of firepower upfront. George Abege was the most hardworking upfront, using his frame to win and shield balls, but the support  from David King’atua was not effective.

The second half was better for Bandari and just three minutes after the restart, Victor Ndinya should have levelled the scores but Boniface Oluoch pulled a superb save with his feet to deny the youngster.

Ndinya had raced into a decent pass from Humphrey Okoti, attempting to find the far post with the outside of his foot but Oluoch managed to nick the ball onto the crossbar.

Bandari equalized in the 62nd minute, when Antony Kimani stepped up from the penalty spot to send Oluoch the wrong way. This was after Harun Shakava handled the ball in an attempt to clear a Shabaan Kenga cross.

With Bandari searching for a win, they found themselves trailing again in the 78th minute when Walusimbi tapped in his second from Agwanda’s cross on the right.

Earlier, AFC Leopards lost 2-1 to Chemelil Sugar at the City Stadium in Nairobi. Both teams were withouth their head coaches. Chemelil’s Mike Mururi was said to be on a ‘two week leave’ while Zdravko Logarusic was attending to ‘family matters’ as explained by stand in coach Ezekiel Akwana.

A brace from Meshack Karani was enough to hand some survival hope to Chemelil Sugar. AFC Leopards' hope of a top five finish diminished.

Karani opened the scores in the 18th minute, taking advantage of a defensive blunder by Martin Kiiza before beating Lucas Indeche with a fine shot.

Well taken free kick

Karani came close to a brace in the 32nd minute with a well taken freekick that was pushed into the underside of the crossbar by Indeche who has found some good form since joining AFC Leopards in June.

The burly former Mathare United striker completed his brace in the 57th minute after another defensive mix up by AFC Leopards defenders. The entire Ingwe backline failed to clear a long corner from Joshua Oyoo and Karani stunned Indeche with a hard-low shot.

Substitute Dancun Otieno restored some late hope for AFC with a 70th minute finish after a good interchange with Bernard Mang’oli.

In other fixtures, Muhoroni Youth beat KCB 1-0 at the Muhoroni Complex. The win sees Muhoroni Youth climb to fifth on the log with 36 points.

KPL Saturday results; Bandari 1 Gor Mahia 2, AFC Leopards 1 Chemelil Sugar 2, Nakuru All Stars 1 Thika United 2, Muhoroni Youth 1 KCB 0; Sunday fixture; Sony Sugar v Mathare United.