Gor Mahia defeated Ulinzi Stars at Kericho Green Stadium to win the SportPesa Premier League with four match to play as outgoing champions Tusker continued with their resurgence defeating Nzoia Sugar at Sudi in Saturday’s matches.
Ulinzi Stars 0-1 Gor Mahia (Kericho Green Stadium)
The league title has been decided with four round of matches still to play. Gor Mahia – mighty Gor Mahia to their adoring fans – are the new Kenyan champions.
Their march to an unprecedented 16th title was sealed by a 16th minute strike by Rwandan striker Meddie Kagere.
Kagere struck in the 12th minute of the match, for his 11th goal of the season, when he skillfully lost four Ulinzi defenders to remain alone with Ulinzi’s goalkeeper Timothy Odhiambo. In his current form there was only going to be one outcome as he released a rasping shot straight into the net.
The soldiers were playing without their first choice custodian James Saruni who is out injured, but so to were Gor without their number one Boniface Oluoch injured, rookie Fredrick Odhiambo field in his stead.
The grounds at Kericho were slippery owing to the heavy rains that had pounded the area, but that did not deter K’Ogalo from producing a performance befitting league champions.
Nzoia Sugar 1-2 Tusker (Sudi Stadium)
Nzoia Sugar went ahead in the 53rd minute though Patrick Kwitonda who evaded two Tusker defenders, rounded goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng before easily tapping the ball home.
The brewers however restored parity 12 minutes later through speedy winger Noah Wafula who made the most of a defensive blunder from the sugar millers.
Little known midfielder Sydney Ochieng, who joined play in the dying minutes of the match, provided the winning goal moments before the final whistle.
The brewers would have wanted a bigger win but still it was ample revenge for the shock 5-2 defeat they suffered in the hands of Nzoia at the beginning of the season.