Midfielder Kenneth Muguna returned to the Gor Mahia starting lineup after his transfer debacle and had his mind right in the game as he helped set up Meddie Kagere’s solitary winner for the Kenyan Premier League leaders in their 1-0 victory over Posta Rangers, Wednesday evening.
Muguna has been missing in action after his head shifted to a move to Albanian side FK Tirana, managed by his former boss Jose Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’, but he barely looked out of sort as he was slotted right back in against Rangers.
Sammy Omollo’s Posta have always proved to be a thorn in Gor Mahia’s flesh and that was almost the case here. However, Kagere’s strike midway into the opening half from a Jacques Tuyisenge pass settled this match as Kogalo opened a six-point gap atop the league table and further dented Posta’s title chances.
Kogalo’s closest challengers now are Sofapaka who made second spot their own with a convincing 3-1 home victory over Nzoia United.
Umaru Kasumba gave Sofapaka a third minute lead but which was cancelled by Luke Namanda at the quarter hour mark. Ezekiel Okare restored Sofapaka’s lead however and Kasumba’s second of the match out the 2009 champions 3-1 up at the breather, an advantage they kept until the final minute.
In other matches, Mathare United were pulled down from the heights of drubbing Zoo Kericho 6-0 last weekend as they settled for a 1-1 draw against Nakumatt.
Kepha Aswani’s lobbed finish just before the break had Nakumatt leading but a converted penalty by Crispin Oduor late in the second half earned the Slum Boys a deserved point that aids their fight against relegation.
Zoo meanwhile suffered a second defeat after going down 1-2 away to Sony Sugar. Alfred Onyango and Amos Asembeka netted for Sony with Mike Madoya netting the consolation goal for the Kericho side.
Muhoroni Youth moved off the bottom after dispatching Thika United 2-0 at the Muhoroni Stadium. Hassan Kikoyo and Daniel Otieno scored the twin goals as the hosts secured their first win in five outings.
Kariobangi Sharks meanwhile edged bottom side Western Stima 1-0, thanks to a strike from substitute Francis Manoah with quarter an hour to spare. Ali Bai also scored the only goal as Kakamega Homeboyz pipped visiting Bandari FC 1-0 in Mumias.
Sharks are fifth on 30 points, same as 6th-placed Homeboyz who have an inferior goal difference.