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February 19, 2018

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Bernard Mang’oli
Bernard Mang’oli

After their torrid start to the campaign, it’s hard to believe that Sofapaka remain the team realistically capable of stopping Gor Mahia from winning their 16th top flight title.

On Sunday, Batoto Ba Mungu reduced Gor’s lead at the top to six points after hammering Chemelil Sugar 4-1. In form striker Umaru Kasumba, who laid bare his ambitions of bagging the league ‘Golden Boot’ just last week, made a statement of intent by recording a hat trick, to increase his season tally to nine.

Kasumba scored in the 30th and 32nd minute of the match—an emphatic reply to Chemelil’s early lead via Collins Neto. The red hot Ugandan striker was at it once again nine minutes after the break to all but seal victory for Sofapaka.

Ezekiel Okare had the pleasure of putting the icing on the Sofapaka cake in the 70th minute as the 2009 champions gathered momentum ahead of their midweek encounter against Ulinzi Stars away at the Afraha Stadium.

Chemelil goalkeeper John Wau was red carded for handling the ball outside the box in the second half. With that result, Sofapaka moved to 41 points from 23 matches. Gor are top having played a game fewer than most of their rivals for this year’s SportPesa premier league crown.

Surprise package Kakamega Homeboyz moved up to third on the table following their dramatic late win over Thika United. The 2-1 win took their season tally to 37 points— three more than fourth placed Ulinzi Stars who could only manage a point for their goal-less draw with basement side, Muhoroni Youth.

Kariobangi Sharks win away at Bandari as surprising as it was kept their ambitions of finishing in the top three alive in what is their maiden season in the top flight league. William Muluya’s side have 33 points in fifth placed same as Posta rangers whose hopes fro the title were dashed by the 20 loss to middle table outfit Nakumatt.

Kepha Aswani came from the bench to hit a double in the space of two minutes to shatter Posta’s aspirations of vying for the title.

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