Gor Mahia three points away from league title
Ugandan international Godfrey Walusimbi struck twice as Gor Mahia edged closer to retaining the Kenyan Premier League title with a 2-1 win over Bandari on Saturday at the Mombasa County Stadium.
A win against Ulinzi Stars in their next match will take the defending champions to an unassailable 65 points with five games to go, and that will be enough to hand the Frank Nuttall-led K’Ogalo their third successive league title.
At the City Stadium, visiting Chemelil Sugar compounded AFC Leopards’ woes by subjecting the 13-time champions to a 2-1 defeat while Thika United beat relegation-threatened Nakuru All Stars at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.
High-flying Muhoroni Youth remain the biggest success story of the second leg as they jumped to fifth place on the log with an impressive 1-0 home win against KCB.
In Mombasa, Walusimbi opened the scoring in the 24th minute when he took advantage of a moment of confusion within the dockers’ defence line to send the ball past goalkeeper Wilson Obungu, who endured a torrid afternoon.
Anthony Kimani restored parity for the hosts in the 56th minute from the spot after Harun Shakava handled the ball inside the box.
But Walusimbi would give Gor the final say with a 71st minute goal yet again with a simple tap-in from Enoch Agwanda’s cross.
Coach Zdravko Logarusic was absent from the touchline once again and his assistant Ezekiel Akwana admitted that the team is suffering from both on and off-the-pitch troubles.
“The club is having managerial and financial issues at the moment. The players played according to instructions but the strikers didn’t have composure in the box and they are guilty of wasting many good chances,” Akwana said.
Meshack Karani scored a goal in either half of the match to ensure his team steered clear off the relegation zone.
In Afraha, Joseph Kuria and Kennedy Otieno struck to give Thika United maximum points against All Stars returnee John Ndirangu scoring for the hosts.