James Magayi and Viden Ochieng @PeopleSport11
Rejuvenated retail chain outfit Nakumatt made a big statement in the Sportpesa Premier League (SPL) by thrashing Kakamega Homeboyz 6-1 at Camp Toyoyo on Sunday.
The erstwhile strugglers have displayed pomp in their workings since businessman Francis Mureithi injected financial boost that has seen the team wiggle its way out of relegation embers to mid-table comfort. Sunday’s seven-goal thriller epitomised Nakumatt’s newfound status as a force in the league as they walloped Homeboyz in style.
So poor were Homeboyz that they conceded their first goal one minute into the game and the last one a minute to full time, Nakumatt goalkeeper Lucas Indeche putting his name in the score sheet from a last-minute free kick. Boniface Mukhekhe opened the scores in the opening minute and Tom Adwar doubled Nakumatt’s advantage 13 minutes later.
Second half goals by Thairu Kelvin and Cornelius Juma double dashed hopes of Homeboyz fight back after Andrew Waiswa had pulled one goal back. The Kakamega-based outfit must be already ruing the departure of former tactician Mike Mururi with such previously unknown score lines.
In Kisumu, champions Gor Mahia got themselves to 40 points after a 3-1 win over Nzoia Sugar at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.
A brace from Rwandese talisman Jacques Tuyisenge and a rare header by Humphrey Mieno got Dylan Kerr’s side to 38 league goals from 16 matches.
Nzoia Sugar skipper of the day Edgar Nzano got the first clear chances of the clash but his seventh minute grass-cutting drive was an inch too wide, doing little to trouble Boniface Oluoch in between the sticks for Gor.
On the other end of field, center-half Brian Otieno had to be stretchered off after an awkward landing from an aerial tussle with Tuyisenge. The lanky defender would come back into the fray a minute later.
Meddie Kagere thought he had opened the scoring proceedings in the 13th minute after being played in beautifully by Tuyisenge but Benson Mangala seemed to have narrowed every angle as the Rwandese shot wide.