BY STEVE AYOO
Three-peat champions Gor Mahia were handed their 18th Kenyan Premier League title at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, just moments after they completed their round 33 league clash against Posta Rangers which ended 1-1.
Gor were confirmed champions for a third straight time on Wednesday despite another 1-1 draw against Vihiga United, closest rivals Bandari having failed to win and delay the crowning.
Posta, still battling for topflight safety, were largely outplayed especially in the first half but they somehow managed to get a goal.
Bernard Ondiek gave Gor Mahia a 37th minute lead, nodding home at the back post after the hosts had failed to deal with a freekick dangerously whipped into the box by Samuel Onyango.
Posta, who had lost their previous four matches against Kogalo, somehow managed to equalize just before the interval as Paul Ng’ang’a also headed unmarked at far post a cross from Simon Mbugua.
Before the twin goals, Gor had created more than enough chances to assume lead.
Onyango had his effort cleared off the line by keeper Gradus Ochieng with Charles Momanyi heading just wide the resulting corner.
Nicholas Kipkirui missed a one on one chance after being put through by Onyango who was at the center of Gor’s best attacking moments.
Posta were however living on the edge and conceded following sustained pressure on their back line.
Felix Oluoch almost drew Posta level two minutes after they conceded but he could only hit Boniface Oluoch’s side netting from a tight angle in what was their first foray into the Gor box.
They finished the half strongly and forced the equalizer through Ng’ang’a.
From the break, Cersidy Okeyo hit the cross bar just before he was hauled off for Jacques Tuyisenge, while Posta’s Oluoch volleyed over inside the box.
Oluoch should have given a much – improved Posta the lead but he lifted the ball over after benefitting from a loose ball inside the Gor box.
Despite adding Tuyisenge, George Odhiambo and Philemon Otieno in the heat of things, Kogalo were unable to unlock the relegation fighting side for a second time as they shared the point.
While the game was a mere formality for Gor, it was of great importance to Posta, the point moving them three points clear of trouble ahead of this weekend’s season finale.
Gor meanwhile will for a fifth time in seven years wine and dine with the league trophy having proved for the umpteenth time that they are the most dominant outfit in Kenyan club football.