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Walusimbi Strike Downs Resilient Bandari

Godfrey Walusimbi put in an assured performance, setting up the opener before hitting home the winner as Gor Mahia collected three points for a third game running away to Bandari to pile on the pressure at the top of the Kenyan Premier League standings with a 2-1 victory at the Mbaraki Stadium, Wednesday afternoon.

Innocent Wafula had Kogalo leading inside 11 minutes having latched on a cross from Walusimbi only to see his effort cancelled by a Noah Abich penalty six minutes into the second half.

However, the record champions assured themselves of the maximum points as he rifled a freekick from center half Harun Shakava.

The victory could have sent Kogalo top but Posta Rangers are not letting it go easily. Sammy Omollo's side won 1-0 at Sony Sugar to spend another matchday on top of the log with 17 points, one better than Gor Mahia.

Ulinzi Stars meanwhile were handed their first loss of the season as they suffered a 1-0 defeat against Kakamega Homeboyz, Wycliffe Ochomo scoring the solitary goal before being sent off.

Mathare United dominated visiting Chemelil Sugar at the Thika sub-County Stadium but they couldn't find the finishing power, the match ending scoreless while Nzoia Sugar handed Western Stima a fourth defeat of the season, beating Henry Omino's men 2-0. 

Earlier, Kariobangi Sharks edged Thika United 1-0 courtesy of a Rodgers Omondi's solitary strike.

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Nzoia's Otieno is March's Finest

 

 

Nzoia Sugar’s  Brian Otieno is the March Sportpesa Footballer of the Month. Otieno netted a brace in the Nzoia Sugar opening day 5-2 rout of holders Tusker then staged a remarkable show against Mathare United in their scoreless draw to emerge the month's best.

The 21 year-old became the first winner of the award in 2017 and carried home a 49 inch LG Smart television and Sh100000 alongside a personalized trophy. He also became the third defender to win the award after initial triumphs by Karim Nzigiyimana of Gor Mahia and Sherif Mohammed of Bandari.

Gor Mahia duo Kenneth Muguna and Geoffrey Walusimbi made the final shortlist from an initial list of nine players nominated by football journalists.

They however fell short of the necessary votes to land the gong as Otieno garnered 17 votes to join a privileged few who have won the award since inception in 2015. Walusimbi polled 14 while Muguna placed third on 11 votes. Other players who were nominated for the award but fell short included Moses Odhiambo of Sofapaka, Thika United defender Christopher Oruchum, Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza of Gor Mahia and Ovella Ochieng of Kariobangi Sharks.

Nzoia Sugar led the standings after the first weekend of action but ended up 2nd on the table with four points at the close of March. The result against league defending champions left tongues wagging among fans and Nzoia Sugar a marked club by fellow top-flight teams.

The going has been anything but easy for the newbies but the team hopes to fight elation from Otieno's triumph in their bid to stay up. "I'm very excited at being awarded. It's the first time i'm getting something like this and frankly i'm overjoyed. I dedicate it to my teammates without whom i would not have won it. Our results have not been the best since then but hopefully we shall get back to winning ways." Otieno offered in his laid back demeanor

Nzoia assistant coach Vincent Sifuma heaped praises on the young striker saying he is destined to greater things. "He is new to the league but he's already made a mark He is capable of developing into a better player who can achieve a lot. I hope the award stirs up the rest so they put more effort." Mwalala said

 

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