Gor Mahia’s hunt for a second successive Kenyan Premier League title came three points closer following a comfortable 2-0 victory over hosts Ulinzi Stars at the Afraha Stadium, Saturday (23).
The record topflight winners scored either side of the interval to pick the full points against an Ulinzi side who are on a free fall, this latest loss extending their winless run to five matches.
Francis Kahata tapped into an empty net a pass from George Odhiambo who had dribbled his way into the box, had the goalkeeper committed before unselfishly setting up his fellow attacker shortly after the quarter hour mark.
The Soldiers, who failed to punish some poor defending and goalkeeping by the Kogalo defence earlier on, struggled to create any meaningful chances in the match as they returned to the dressing room trailing. Hassan Mohammed came close to handing the Soldiers the leveler in the 57th minute but his shot ricocheted off the bar while Philemon Otieno hacked a goal-bound effort off the line to keep the score titled towards the visitors.
Dylan Kerr’s men also came close to stretching their advantage as Jacktone Odhiambo denied both Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge, while also rushing off his line twice to clear danger.
The keeper was however beaten for the second time when a Boniface Omondi corner was erroneously dealt with by the Soldiers’ defence and Tuyisenge pounced to double his side’s lead with three minutes to the final whistle. The victory, Gor Mahia’s fourth on the bounce, saw them extend their lead at the top to 9 points, and with three games in hand over second placed Sofapaka. Ulinzi remain 7th on 30 points from 20 matches.