Gor sink Bandari in Mombasa to cement KPL lead, Leopards maul All-Stars


Gor sink Bandari in Mombasa to cement KPL lead, Leopards maul All-Stars
Gor Mahia FC captain Kenneth Muguna (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Tusker FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on August 31, 2019. Gor Mahia FC won 5-2. Photo/Stafford/Ondego/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Defending champions Gor Mahia have opened a six-point lead gap on the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table after sinking wasteful Bandari by 2-0 at Mbaraki Grounds in Mombasa on Sunday.
  • The two unanswered goals from Samuel Onyango and Francis Afiriye either side of halftime were enough for the visitors to floor the Dockers and command the topflight leadership on 24 points after nine matches.

Defending champions Gor Mahia have opened a six-point lead gap on the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table after sinking wasteful Bandari by 2-0 at Mbaraki Grounds in Mombasa on Sunday.

The two unanswered goals from Samuel Onyango and Francis Afiriye either side of halftime were enough for the visitors to floor the Dockers and command the topflight leadership on 24 points after nine matches.

It was the champions who came off the block fastest and within the first five minutes of the game, import Afiriye surged forward from the left and into the box but his shot at goal went wide.

At the dying minutes of the first half, former former Ulinzi Stars goal poacher Onyango connected Yikpe Gnamien pass with a thunder shot past Michael Wanyika to hand the visitors a desirable lead.

Two minutes into the second half, Gor got their second and game killer goal through Afiriye who capitalised on Fred Nkata defence blunder to curve a shot past hapless Wanyika.

The hosts were not sharp in the front of goal throwing away many chances with William Wadri missing a penalty in the 57th minute.

Speaking after the game, Bandari’s head coach Bernard Mwalala conceded defeat adding that there is need for a serious talk with his charges who now lie 12th on the log with 12 points, 12 behind leaders Gor Mahia.

“I can’t accept; everything is not right, we need to find the problem plus the solution,” he charged after the game.

On his part, Gor Mahia tactician Steven Pollack said he knew they were facing a tough opponent but his boys were ready for the battle for the three points in Mombasa after two seasons poor record at the coastal city.

“I am facing Bandari for a second time; I beat them at Machakos in the Super Cup but I had to confirm it today,” he underscored.

Bandari will hope to have a bite at the cherry when they host Wazito in their next game as Gor entertain Ulinzi.

Elsewhere, Wyvone Isuza was on the score sheet in the 17th minute to help AFC Leopards stun visiting Kisumu All Stars 1-0 in a Kenyan Premier League match in Machakos to go fifth.

Playing on a muddy Kenyatta Stadium, the Harambee Stars striker softly tapped in from a clinical pass by Vincent Oburu who dribbled past the opponents’ defenders before feeding Isuza.
Three minutes later, Isuza squandered a clear chance to shoot wide despite having only goalkeeper Were Geoffrey to beat.
Motivated by their two matches winning runs, the Henry Omino coached side were however on the receiving end in most of the first stanza with Oburu, Isuza and John-Mark Makwata causing all sorts of problems in their opponents’ territory.
 In other matches, Sofapaka beat Zoo Kericho 2-1 while Ulinzi Stars battled Nzoia Sugar to a one-all-draw.

Collated Results

Sofapaka 2-1 Zoo Kericho.

Ulinzi 1-1 Nzoia Sugar

Chemelil Sugar 1-4 Mathare United

Bandari 0-2 Gor Mahia

AFC Leopards 1-0 Kisumu All-Stars

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