Lynette Matheka and Harrison Kivisu @PeopleSports11
Nakumatt FC were the big winners of the weekend as they climbed off the bottom of the SportPesa Premier League table after two goals in either half handed them a 2-0 win over Posta Rangers as the first leg of the top flight came to an end yesterday.
Nakumatt scored the opening goal through Boniface Mukhekhe’s 10th minute striker and Eugene Ambulwa was gifted the chance to grab a second by a disorganised Rangers defence in the 24th minute but with goalkeeper Martin Musalia beaten, he sent the ball flying when all it needed was a tap in.
Nakumatt, however, grabbed their second in the 78th minute when Kennedy Otieno’s clearance of Mukhekhe’s shot deflected in to the net.
“My players are now settled and can achieve anything. With these results, we head to the break with a working formula in mind as I intend to strengthen my squad before the league resumes,” said Nakumatt coach Anthony Mwangi.
In another match, Sven Yidah’s 55th minute header off a Duke Abuya’s free kick was all Kariobangi Sharks needed to pocket maximum points against Bandari.
The win moves Sharks to sixth on the log with 24 points same as Bandari and Kakamega Homeboyz.
Elsewhere, Ulinzi Stars missed a chance to go top of the standings following a 2-1 defeat to 2009 champions Sofapaka at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
Meanwhile Gor Mahia advanced to the next round of the SportPesa Shield after eliminating coastal side SS Assad following a 5-1 thrashing at Mombasa’s Mbaraki Stadium.
Lawrence Juma scored a brace for Gor while Innocent Wafula added another one for a 3-0 half-time score before Tumaini Musa scored what turned out to be the consolation for Assad.
However, further goals from Eliud Lokuwam Eliud and Jacques Tuyisenge completed the rout. K’Ogalo were without key players Bonface Oluoch, Joash Onyango, Philemon Otieno, Humphrey Mieno, Francis Kahata and George Odhiambo currently camp with the national team, but they still had enough to down their opponents.