Timothy Otieno’s solitary first half goal proved decisive as Posta Rangers edged visiting Thika United 1-0, while Ulinzi Stars were comfortable 3-1 winners over Sofapaka in the Kenyan Premier League round of 24 matches.
The on-loan Gor Mahia striker beat Thika keeper Hamza Muwonge with a 43rd minute strike from a Calvin Odongo set up before protecting their lead effectively after the interval.
Rangers should have won the Ruaraka Grounds game by a bigger margin but they were wasteful in front of goal after creating even better chances. Thika, who played without influential captain Dennis Odhiambo and new season find Eugene Mukhangula, both serving suspension, created chances on the other end but their strikers Onwudi Chibueze and Joel Tata both failed to find the back of the net in promising positions.
Odongo could have wrapped up a fine performance with a goal in stoppage time but his shot went just wide after leaving the opposition defence in sixes and sevens.
The victory is only Posta’s second of the second half of the season and lifts them two spots up to 8th. Thika remain 13th.
At the Afraha Stadium, Samuel Onyango’s double gave Ulinzi Stars a come from behind winner over Sofapaka. The visitors stunned the Afraha crowd with a Charles Melubo opener in the 17th minute. However, the second from bottom side were ahead for only five minutes as Onyango netted the equalizer from an Enosh Ochieng pass.
The first half ended 1-1 but the Soldiers doubled their lead through Onyango in the 77th minute before full-back Brian Birgen made sure of the points with the third two minutes to the end, the Soldiers moving up to third on the log from sixth following the victory.
Wesley Kemboi’s striker halfway into the opening half gave Western Stima a 1-0 win over relegation candidates Nairobi City Stars, the powermen keeping their outside chance for the title alive in the process. It was a fourth straight victory for Henry Omino’s side over City Stars who remain bottom of the log with 14 points, one behind Sofapaka.
Mathare done and dusted?
Sony Sugar put a further dent on Mathare United’s title hopes as goals from Amos Asembeka and Masoud Juma gave the Awendo hosts a 2-1 win despite Wyvvone Isuza’s 77th minute goal setting up a potential cracking finish.
Mathare went into the match on the back of two consecutive wins which had put them back into contention but this latest defeat could prove costly as they dropped from third to fifth with games running out.
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