Holders Gor Mahia made a happy and goal-laden return to Kenyan Premier League action as they twice battled from behind to thump Thika United 5-2 and take top spot with THREE matches at hand.
Thika, who raced into an early lead courtesy of a Eugene Mukhangula stunner, proved no match for the CAF Confederations Cup group stage finalists especially with the presence of second half substitutes Samuel Onyango, Meddie Kagere and Francis Kahata who all scored.
Mukhangula had the partisan crowd a bit silenced with just four minutes on the clock, finishing off a beautiful move with a curling effort that Kogalo keeper Shaban Odhoji rightly judged he had no chance with.
Thika continued to threaten but it was on the other end where two goals were almost scored halfway in as Lawrence Juma saw his goal bound effort blocked by his own teammate Jacques Tuyisenge while Harun Shakava rattled the bar with an effort inside the area.
The reigning champions, unbeaten thus far, continued to knock and got their reward a minute to the interval, Tuyisenge slipping in Ephraim Guikan who found Allan Owiny’s bottom left corner, the teams tying 1-1 at the breather.
Masakidi Mata restored Thika’s lead at the hour mark with a free-kick that canoned off the bar and into the net. He and his teammates were however almost immediately left with bitterness in as keeper Owiny made a howler four minutes later with an own goal.
The equalizer seemed to have taken the wind off Thika’s sails but it was Mahia’s substitutions that delivered the points home.
Samuel Onyango was the first of the substitute trio to register his goal as he beat Owiny from the impressive Innocent Wafula’s pass with 74 minutes on the clock.
Kahata, who came in for the less effective Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi, found Kagere’s quick feet with a minute of normal time to play with the Rwandan scoring before the midfielder made the scoreline a rout with the pick of the bunch as he delicately lofted the ball above Owiny to win it 5-2.
The result leaves Kogalo top on 25 points out of a maximum 27, two above second played Mathare who have played three more.
Earlier, Oscar Wamalwa stuck two second half penalties to help Ulinzi Stars to a 3-2 success over Nakumatt, the Soldiers going third with the result.