KPL Weekend results

November 2, 2008

The battle for supremacy and relegation survival in the KPL league entered its last month with several matches on the card.

Gor Mahia hosted Mathare youth FC in a thrilling encounter which saw Gor beat the Youthful side 4-3. Gor were cheered on with a large fan base which is continuously starting to stream back to the stadium after dumping the team when performance starting to disappoint in the last few years. The rejuvenated side were only a few months ago thought to be heading to relegation but a sudden steady and convincing upsurge has seen them jump up to the 7th spot.

The match was televised live by Supersport who are the major sponsors of the KPL League.

Other results saw Thika United sharing the spoils with Red Berets when they drew 1-1 at the Greensted’s Stadium in Nakuru.

Sher Karuturi also drew 1-1 with Ulinzi in Naivasha while Bandari and World Hope’s match in Mombasa also ended in a 1-1 draw.

Sunday matches saw Tusker beat Kenya Commercial Bank 2-1 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

┬áThe match kicked off early in the afternoon and saw both teams opting to be very cautious in the first half which ended with no goals. Tusker FC came in forcefully in the second half and got a penalty after Simon Mburu was hacked in the penalty area by Israel Gideon. Joseph Shikokoti kept his nerves to slot in the penalty. A few minutes later in-form striker, Aggrey Ongoli gave the brewers their second goal after Simon Mburu seemed to have wasted the chance by holding on too long on the ball instead of tapping it in. The bankers got a consolation goal in the 84th minute when Joseph Njuguna beat Tusker’s custodian Oluoch Bonface in goal.

In the second match of the evening in the same stadium Mathare Uniteds’ winning streak was checked by Mahakama who made sure they shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw. Mathare were the first to score in the second half when Kevin Ochieng netted in a cross ball from hardworking Innocent Mutiso who had an outstanding afternoon.

With a few minutes on the clock remaining Mathare United’s Duncan Ochieng failed to hold on to a high ball which slipped off his hands to Francis Chinjili’s feet. Chinjili wasted no time but slot the ball in an empty net. Mathare United were evidently not themselves in the game and fatigue was evident in the manner in which the team played. Considering the fact that they travelled on Wednesday to Bungoma, played on Thursday, then travelled back on Friday the whole day and only rested yesterday, they were very content with the outcome.

Their greatest ach-rivals, Sony Sugar posted a 3-2 win against visiting Western Stima. Before the weekend Matches, Mathare United were leading Sony by 5 points. The weekend matches mean Sony has reduced the gap between them and Mathare United by 3 points. Mathare’s last 3 matches are against relegation-threatened┬áRed Berets, Mathare Youth and high-riding Agro Chemicals in Muhoroni. Sony plays Tusker, Mathare Youth and ends at home against Sher Karuturi.

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