Underdogs Kayole Asubuhi dislodged Jericho All Stars from the pole position of the SportPesa Super 8 Premier League after beating the Eastland’s powerhouse 1-0 in a pulsating match played at a fully-packed Nairobi City Stadium on Sunday.
Brian Ochieng’ scored the all-important goal in the 19th minute to silence the huge and noisy Jericho fans base who had turned out in large number to cheer and support them.
With only two weeks to curtains in the most lucrative grassroots football tournament, Kayole who now lead the 16-team log with 58 points will hope to win their two remaining fixtures to maintain the spot and bag the Sh1 million top prize. Subsequently, the loss saw Jericho drop to third place in the standing with 56 points but the team’s head coach Thomas Okongo blames poor officiating for his team’s loss.
“I don’t think today’s match was fairly officiated as the centre referee made some poor judgements, but nevertheless we have not lost hope and we are confident of reclaiming our top spot but winning our two remaining matches remaining matches,” noted a disappointed Okong’o.
At the same venue, East conference’s Shauri Moyo Blue Stars lived to expectations of the many after they saw-off West Conference’s Diguna FC.
After a goalless first period, Gerald Idris broke the deadlock in the 70thminute before Rahim Malik made it 2-0 with just seven minutes remaining on the clock to steer the East conference club to the victory making sure they retain fourth position with an improved 52 points.
But Diguna were lucky enough to get a goal courtesy of a goal mouth melee that resulted to an own goal after Shauri Moyo’s captain scored in his own net at the dying minutes of the game.
The outcome means Diguna stagnate at 10th with 36 points. Meanwhile, Kabete United suffered a 1-2 defeat in the hands of Melta Kabiria while defending champions Technical University of Kenya (TUK) hammered underdogs Shamako Babes 7-0 in a one-sided encounter.