Sofapaka registered their second victory of the season after downing KCB 3-0 while champions Gor Mahia took the bragging rights in the ‘Nyanza derby’ following a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Shabana in FKF Premier League matches yesterday.
At Kasarani Annex, Batoto ba Mungu took control of the game from the onset dominating the Bankers and they went ahead in the 12th minute when Khalid Jumaan fired home from close range. Sofapaka missed a host of chances to double their lead and went into the half-time break with a 1-0 advantage.
In the second period, Sofapaka continued to attack KCB and they grabbed the second in the 58th minute through Burundian attacker Fiston Abdul Razak, who tapped home a cross from Jumaan, and in the 65th minute, Amos Asembeka made sure that Sofapaka carried the day after his long-range effort found the top corner. This was Sofapaka’s second win in the top-flight since the arrival of Ezekiel Akwana, who came in to replace fired Burundian Francis Haringingo.
The first victory saw them defeat Kenya Police 1-0 at Machakos Stadium. At Kasarani Stadium, Gor Mahia were forced to toil before finally getting the better of Tore Bobe, who produced an improved display than was the case when they suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat against Ulinzi Stars in their last assignment.
After a first which did not produce goals, the second half started with K’Ogalo pinning Shabana into their own half but goalkeeper Erick Ongiri twice made two superb saves to deny striker Benson Omalla.
However, in the 84th minute, Shabana were reduced to 10 men when Justine Omwando was shown a straight red card and Gor Mahia capitalized on the advantage to grab a late winner in the 90th-minute courtesy of Rooney Onyango.
At Ruaraka grounds, Tusker’s poor run continued after they went down 1-0 against Ulinzi Stars to pile pressure on coach Robert Matano. It was Boniface Muchiri, whose well-curled effort hit the roof of the net in the 24th minute to hand the Soldiers maximum points and a second straight victory in the league.
Meanwhile, Bandari were forced to come from behind twice to defeat Kenya Police 3-2 in a five-goal thriller at Mbaraki Sports Club. The Dockers took the lead in the 45th minute when Abdallah Hassan set up Derrick Nsibambi to slot home but Police levelled the scores in the 86th minute through Kenneth Muguna. Bandari then went 2-1 up in the 90th minute courtesy of Nahimana Shassiri but Police drew level again before Benjamin Nyamawi scored the winner in the 96th minute.
Elsewhere, promoted Murang’a Seal FC continued their good run after defeating Nairobi City Stars 2-1 at SportPesa Arena while AFC Leopards failed to make it two wins out of two after battling to a 0-0 draw against Kariobangi Sharks.