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Bandari, Gor beat relegation threatened sides

Muhoroni Youth and Western Stima’s relegation woes deepened after losing their respective SportPesa Premier League matches against Bandari and Gor Mahia yesterday.

Muhoroni were thrashed 6-2 by a rampant Bandari, former Gor Mahia striker Edwin Lavatsa bagging four goals in the game with others scored by Anthony Wambani and Baron Oketch. The hosts’ goals were scored by Ambrose Ayoyi and Anthony Otuoma.

It could have been seven for the dockers had Shaban Kenga scored his first-half penalty. With the loss, one more loss will send Muhoroni to the second tier National Super League.

Meanwhile, Thika United were the only relegation fighting side to register maximum points as Gor Mahia beat Stima 2-1. Stima, under the watchful eyes of former coach and current technical director Henry Omino, took the lead through a penalty taken by Vincent Omumbo after a bad tackle in the box by Joash Onyango.

Stima had a chance to score a second in the 30th minute when Ezekiel Otuoma had the goalkeeper to beat but sent the ball flying over the bar and their wastefulness was punished instantly when Francis Kahata equalised for Gor.

Jacques Tuyisenge lost a chance to hand the champions the lead in the 37th minute but two minutes later, K’Ogalo won a free kick just outside the box and Wellington Ochieng got onto the end of Godfrey Walusimbi’s kick to tap in the winner and sink Stima to 17th place. Meanwhile, Thika got off the dreaded danger zone after a 1-0 over Sony Sugar.

Nicholas Muyoti’s side went to the match as the underdogs, and used the tag to their advantage as they defended a Onwudi Chibueze 18th minute goal to bag all three points in a match that ended with 20 men on the pitch after the former and Sony’s Alfred Onyango were red carded in the 61st and 63rd minutes respectively.

In another match, Nakumatt’s sole goal from Joshua Oyoo in the 35th minute had the side convinced of walking away with maximum points against Zoo Kericho but Kepha Ondati’s 91st minute strike forced a one-all draw, denying them the chance to join the top 10.

Meanwhile, Sofapaka’s push towards a second place was dealt a blow as the side, who were without the services of top scorer Umaru Kasumba due to injury, was held to a goalless draw by relegation candidates Mathare United.

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