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February 23, 2019

Wazito in danger:League debutants sink to the bottom of the standings

Wazito coach Frank Ouna
Wazito coach Frank Ouna
The exit of Pistone Mutamba, Harun Nyakha and Joe Waithira from Wazito was there for all to see as the league debutants fell 4-0 to Gor Mahia on Wednesday to sink to the bottom of the Kenyan Premier League standings.
Frank Ouna’s charges were no match for K’Ogalo, who registered their 11th win of the season to open a five-point gap ahead of second-placed Mathare United.
Wazito could return to the National Super League should they fail to arrest their current poor form, which has left them winless in their last five matches.
The exit of the three senior players and dry coffers at the club might accelerate their nose dive. The win for Gor consolidated their lead at the top of the standings with 37 points and are poised to widen the gap should they collect points in their four matches in hand.
AFC Leopards perfectly redeemed themselves from a disappointing SportPesa Super Cup outing with a 1-0 win over former league champions Sofapaka. Brian Marita was on target in the dying minutes of the game to hand Ingwe their seventh win of the season. Leopards are placed sixth with 28 points and may rise to second should they win their two matches in hand. Sofapaka remain third with 31 points.
Meanwhile, Nzoia Sugar head coach Bernard Mwalala believes poor officiating was behind their 2-1 loss to Kariobangi Sharks at Camp Toyoyo.
Mwalala said centre referee, Peter Waweru, would have disallowed Sharks’ first goal. Sharks’ playmaker, Duke Abuya handled the ball in the box before unleashing a fierce shot which Nzoia custodian Benson Mangala punched on George Abege’s way, who made no mistake in putting the ball into the net.
“As far as I am concerned, we conceded one goal but it’s unfortunate the referee upheld a controversial goal. I am disappointed with his decision to award Sharks a dubious goal which revived them.” Following the loss, Nzoia swapped ranks with Sharks dropping to eight on 27 points behind Sharks on goal difference.
Ulinzi Stars’ dream of moving towards the top of the standings cut short by Kakamega Homeboyz, who forced a one-all draw at Afraha Stadium. The Soldiers had Masita Masuta to thank as his second half goal canceled  Hassan Kikoyo’s goal to pick a hard fought point. Danstan Nyaudo’s boys remained fifth with 29 points while Homeboyz rose to sit ninth with 25 points.
Elsewhere, Tusker FC have completed the signing of Faraj Ominde from financially struggling Chemelil Sugar.Ominde penned a three year long contract with the breweries to become the second June transfer purchase after David Juma who was captured from National Super League side Bidco United on Monday.
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