Gor Mahia battle from behind to draw with rejuvenated AFC Leopards at Nyayo, Zoo stun Western Stima in six-goal thriller at Kericho as Bandari surrender lead twice to share spoils with Mathare United at Mbaraki and Tusker’s poor form persists in Sunday’s matches.
Bandari 2-2 Mathare United (Mbaraki Sports Club)
Hungry for a win Bandari were business like taking the lead in the 12th minute through midfielder Shabaan Kenga who collected a fine cross from Fred Nkata before blasting the ball past Mathare goalkeeper Levis Opiyo.
John Mwangi equalized for the visitors in the 24th minute with a brilliant solo effort, dribbling past defenders Noah Abich and Felly Mulumba to finish with aplomb.
The Coast lads retook the lead in the 77th minute when ex-Gor Mahia striker Enock Agwanda found the back of the net after making the most of a goal mouth melee.
Second half substitute Elijah Mwanzia came in for Derrick Nzosi in the 88th minute and within minutes headed in Mathare’s second equalizer of the match.
Gor Mahia 1-1 AFC Leopards (Nyayo Stadium)
Gor’s Musa Mohammed was guilty of sliding in an own goal in the 19th minute in an attempt to do away with a dangerous cross from Samuel Ndung’u for Leopard’s lead.
Dangerous Gor striker Meddie Kagere restored parity in the 36th minute with a thunderbolt.
The result was in sharp contrast to the previous two meetings between this two tradition rivals and giants of Kenyan football that ended 3-0 twice in K’Ogalo’s favour.
“We are getting better by the day,” warned Leopards coach Robert Matano who engineered a 1-0 win against reigning champions Tusker just three days earlier.
Kakamega Homeboyz 1-1 Tusker (Mumias Sports Complex)
Wycliffe Opondo gave Kakamega Homeboyz the lead in the 49th minute that was cancelled out by reliable brewer Stephen Owusu in the 78th minute, duly complimenting speedy winger Noah Wafula’s inviting cross.
The title holding Tusker have now gone seven matches without a win.
Sony Sugar 0-0 Kariobangi Sharks (Awendo Green Stadium)
Kariobangi Sharks were unable to crack the Sony Sugar defense despite controlling the proceedings for large parts of the match with Duke Abuya and Masoud Juma the major culprits in throwing away excellent scoring chances.
Zoo Kericho 4-2 Western Stima (Kericho Green Stadium)
Kevin Okoth fired Stima into the lead on 10 minutes.
Zoo Kericho ace Nicholas Kipkurui replied with interest scoring a rapid-fire brace at the stroke of half time.
Striker Mike Madoya and midfielder Bernard Odhiambo helped themselves to a goal each after the restart to put day light between themselves and their visitors
.Ugandan Villa Oramchan pulled a goal back for Stima but the writing on the outcome of this game was already on the wall.
This was debutants Zoo’s highest scoring game at this level as they clearly showed they had recovered from their 6-0 mauling by Mathare United on August 19.