Rangers, Leopards Victorious, Rain Halts Ruaraka Clash

Top half of the table AFC Leopards and Posta Rangers both picked narrow wins on the road while Tusker FC and Sofapaka’s clash was abandoned due to torrential rains that rendered the Ruaraka Grounds unplayable as the Kenyan Premier League round 24 matches took centrestage, Sunday (29)

Leopards, whose previous league assignment ended in a Mashemeji derby defeat against Gor Mahia, made the journey to Mumias Sports Complex to take on relegation fighting Vihiga United.

The match was settled by a solitary first half goal from Marvin Omondi who sunk powerfully into the back of the net shortly after the half hour mark. The goal came after sustained pressure from Leopards.

Omondi however would not last the entire match as he was forced off his injured but his teammates saw off the narrow victory.

Rodolfo Zapata’s side moved above Ulinzi Stars (held 0-0 by visiting Nzoia) into fourth with 39 points, same as third-placed Bandari who have a better goal difference.

Likono Stars for RangersĀ 

Meanwhile Posta Rangers won by the odd goal in five at bottom side Wazito FC who fell 2-3 despite putting good fight.

Cavin Odongo‘s 13th minute strike was cancelled by Edwin Lavatsa at the stroke of half time, the striker getting the benefit of doubt after his effort appeared to have been cleared off the line.

The Camp Toyoyo Grounds, which also experienced heavy downpour, witnessed three more goals after the breather.

Wazito assumed the lead 6 minutes after the resumption via Priscus Muhindo who headed home a cross from Lavatsa.

The lead lasted just three minutes though as Gerison Likono pulled his side level with a header, and then scored his second and the eventual winner just after the hour mark.

The win, though laborious, was a perfect response for Sammy Omollo’s men who went into this match at the back of elimination from the Sportpesa Shield tournament.

Wazito meanwhile remain bottom, having now failed to win a single match in their last 11 league outings.

Ruaraka washed off

Former champions, Tusker FC and Sofapaka meanwhile are scheduled to have a rematch Monday (30) morning after their match at the Ruaraka Grounds was abandoned after heavy rains that left the playing surface soggy. The referee stopped the match just after a quarter hour was played.

The replay will be hosted at Ruaraka if it passes an early inspection, or be moved to Camp Toyoyo whose turf is artificial.

By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster 88)

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