KPL hunt gets even tougher

Gor en­sure the fight for SportPesa league crown is ex­tended by an­other seven days

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - FRAN­CIS WADEGU @fwadegu198

With the penul­ti­mate week­end of the SportPesa Pre­mier League ap­proach­ing, very lit­tle has been set­tled in the key bat­tles in the top flight league with the rel­e­ga­tion of Nairobi City Stars the only cer­tainty.

The bat­tle for the cham­pi­onship has been re­duced to a two-horse race with Tusker still favourites to clinch the ti­tle as they only need to win in their re­main­ing two matches. Brew­ers face the coun­try’s sec­ond most suc­cess­ful club, AFC Leop­ards this week­end be­fore bat­tling Gor Mahia on the fi­nal day of the sea­son.

Tusker came away un­scathed in their tricky trip to Awendo, where many ex­pected them to drop points with goal­keeper David Okello the hero, sav­ing a first minute penalty from Amos Asem­beka to set their brew­ers up on their way to a 1-0 vic­tory, cour­tesy of a side-footed ef­fort by Noah Wa­fula.

The brew­ers have 55 points four bet­ter than Gor Mahia, whose next match is against a Muhoroni Youth side who pipped them to the KPL Top 8 tro­phy and would love to end Ko­gal­los three-year reign as Kings of Kenya foot­ball.

Ze Maria’s side made sure that the fight for their crown will have to be ex­tended for at least an­other seven days as they edged Mathare United 2-1. Chemelil Sugar ( 44 points), Western stima ( 43 ), Ulinzi Stars ( 42 ) and Mathare ( 42 ) in third, fourth, fifth and sixth re­spec­tively, have been as­sured of a place in the same tour­na­ment next year as they are cer­tain to fin­ish in the top half of the 16-team league.

Not so for Kakamega Home­boyz, who pro­duced a stun­ning per­for­mance to con­sign City Stars to the sec­ond tier league for next sea­son with their 3-1 win. Home­boyz have 40 points, one more than Posta Rangers, who close up the top 8 but they all can be pipped at the fin­ish­ing line by ei­ther of Sony ( 36 ), Muhoroni ( 35 ) and Ban­dari ( 34 )

On Fri­day, City Stars will play a key role to deter­mine which team fol­lows them out of the top di­vi­sion as they face free fall­ing Ushuru, who are just three points above So­fa­paka in the bat­tle to beat the drop.

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