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Sofapaka, Mathare fumbles as Gor opens 5-point league lead

James Magayi @PeopleSports11

League champions Gor Mahia extended their winning streak in the hunt for their 17th Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title after exerting their authority with a 1-0 win over bottom placed Nzoia Sugar to open a five-point gap at the top of the leaguye, despite the fact that they fielded a second string side in the clash.

K’Ogalo have in recent past created huge margins on their way to winning the title and a five-point lead coming early in the season only serves to create nostalgia and anticipation. Bitter rivals AFC Leopards, however, have a chance to narrow the gap to three when they play their match at hand with Wazito.

Leopards displayed admirable fighting spirit when they dusted themselves up from 3-1 down to edge Mathare United in a seven-goal thriller with bereaved striker Ezekiel Odera who lost his mother to cancer last week, being among scorers for Ingwe.

Apart from Gor Mahia though, other beneficiaries from weekend exploits are Chemelil Sugar and Bandari who leapt to second and third places after thumping woeful Nakumatt and Sony Sugar respectively.

Chemelil were fifth before the weekend but leapfrogged Kariobangi Sharks, Sofapaka and Mathare United while Bandari also made the big leap from sixth place to third. Mathare, the early pace setters had their unbeaten run broken by Ingwe while Sofapaka and Sharks shared spoils.

Eleven times champions Tusker’s struggles persisted after being held to a scoreless draw by winless Thika United. The brewers, marooned in 12th position with a paltry six points are currently off pace in the title race.

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