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Mathare’s surge to catch up with Gor halted, Sofapaka bounce back

At one point in the SportPesa Premier League (SPL), Mathare United seemed the surest challengers of table-toppers Gor Mahia for the coveted title before things began going south for them as the season progressed.

Mathare have dropped points after settling for draws in three consecutive matches, the latest of which was 1-1 against Vihiga United at Camp Toyoyo at the weekend.

Mathare who occupy the third position on the log will now be hard-pressed to challenge for the crown which they last won in 2008 and their fortunes were not made any better after their closest challengers Sofapaka continued their resurgence with an emphatic 3-0 win over Thika United.

During the Eid-Ul-Fitr weekend that was marked by nine matches, Sofapaka’s conquest saw them build their tally to 34 , six shy of the ones collected by Gor who have four matches at hand.

That Gor are simply on a roll is unquestionable as barely three days after overcoming Wazito at Moi Stadium in Kisumu, they administered the same dose to Nzoia Sugar who remain in the mid table with 27 points from 20 matches played.

Gor was the first team to get to the 40-point mark and it might take miracles from other team to  stop them from stashing a 17 title in their cabinets.

But obviously, the team of the weekend was Nakumatt who treated football fans at Camp Toyoyo to a goal glut at the expense of Kakamega Homeboyz.

Losing by a solitary goal is acceptable but six is utterly ‘criminal’ and this is what Homeboyz were reduced to by the resurgent Nakumatt who have lately had a penchant of giving big names scant respect.

Homeboyz coach Paul Nkata will be particularly disappointed by the way his team looked vulnerable at the back and which gave leeway for Nakumatt to have things their way to the point of pumping in six goals with only a single reply by their opponents.

That tells you that Nakumatt, who at one time were staring at relegation from the top-tier league, have opened a new chapter in the season and their opponents can only underrate them at their own peril.

Elsewhere, AFC Leopards who have been blowing hot and cold enhance their chances of an honourable placing with a 2-0 win over Chemelil Sugar.

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