Omala hands Gor victory over Police as Mathare climb out of relegation zone

FKFPL Omala hands Gor victory over Police as Mathare climb out of relegation zone

Festus Chuma 16:12 - 25.02.2023

K'Ogalo move four points clear at the top of the table.

Benson Omala was Gor Mahia's match-winner again on Saturday afternoon, netting the second goal in a 2-1 win over Kenya Police FC at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

The win saw Gor Mahia remain on top of the table, and they also extended the gap between them and second-placed Nzoia Sugar to four points having played a game less.

Elvis Rupia opened the scoring in the 11th minute to hand Police a 1-0 lead in a goal that becomes his 11th this season.

Eight minutes later Gor Mahia managed to level matters through Dennis Nga'ng'a, who made it 1-1 just, and it was the 29-year-old defender's maiden goal of the season.

However, Benson Omala's second-half goal earned Gor Mahia a 2-1 win, and they remained on top of the standings, while Police remained fourth on the log.

In another match played on Saturday, Ulinzi Stars stretched their unbeaten run in the league to four games with a 2-0 win over Nairobi City Stars.

Enock Ochieng extended his goal tally to eight after netting a brace as the Soldiers marched to fifth place on the league standings.

Elsewhere, FC Talanta and Nzoia Sugar battled to a barren draw at the Kasarani Annex, while hosts Bandari beat Bidco United 2-0 in a match played at Mbaraki Stadium.

Ugandan international Umaru Kasumba found the back of the net with a beautiful header in the eighth minute before limping out of the field with five minutes remaining to the end of the first stanza.

The hosts looked dangerous every time they pushed forward, and they managed to double their lead following another mistake by Anthony Akhulia's men just three minutes after the restart.

Bidco goalkeeper missed the ball after coming off his goal-line, and Abdallah Hassan pounced and scored from close range to make it 2-0 to Bandari.

The visitors launched late attacks in search of a late consolation goal, but the hosts were solid at the back, and ultimately, Bandari ran out 2-0 winners over an error-ridden Bidco side.

Charles Odera’s reign as Wazito FC’s coach began on a sour note as his side suffered a 1-0 loss to Mathare United.

Odera will, however, take consolation from the fact that his side dominated the match and with a bit of luck the Muhoroni-based side could have bagged the full spoils.

At Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega Homeboyz edged out Vihiga Bullets 1-0 courtesy of Brian Eshihanda’s strik in the second half.

The victory saw Homeboyz move to ninth position on the league standings, while Vihiga remained rooted at the bottom of the log.