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Top three refuse to blink in TPL title race

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NAIROBI, Kenya, October 22- It remained as you were in the Tusker Premier League (TPL) following the 27th round of matches with the three title challengers having as many games to seal the crown.

In yet another gripping climax to the season, leaders and titleholders Tusker FC (54 points) failed to shake off the challenge of Gor Mahia (52) and AFC Leopards (51) as the top-three saw off their opponents on Saturday.

The Brewers edged out battling Muhoroni Sugar 1-0 as Gor posted a similar result against Karuturi Sports with Leopards maintaining their title push by overcoming the stun test of former champions Ulinzi 2-1 in Mumias.

Sunday could be the water shed day for the destination of the title with the top two clashing at City Stadium as Leopards visit Oserian hoping to feed off any scraps.

Western Stima (November 4) and City Stars (November 10) wrap the season for Tusker while Gor face Muhoroni Youth (November 4) and Thika United (November 10) after the pre-emptive Sunday title decider against the league leaders.

Leopards who held the lead for long stretches in the first leg have an easier run-in on paper with Mathare United and Chemelil coming up after Oserian.

On the other end of the spectrum, bottom placed Rangers inched closer to the relegation trap door after being sunk 2-0 by Sofapaka on Sunday with Osborne Monday and James Situma on target for the former titleholders who moved up to fourth on the log.

Oserian, the two-time champions in the early 2000s, are also likely candidates for a swift return to the first division after they were silenced by a solitary goal by Mathare on Saturday in Nairobi.

The tail enders are five and six points adrift of 14th placed Muhoroni (26) who need a victory from their last three encounters against Chemelil Sugar, Gor and Western Stima to confirm their continued stay in the TPL following their promotion last season.

RESULTS

Saturday

Mathare United 1-0 Oserian

Gor Mahia 1-0 Karuturi Sports

AFC Leopards 2-1 Ulinzi Stars

Sony Sugar 0-1 Chemelil Sugar

Nairobi City Stars 1-0 KCB

Tusker 1-0 Muhoroni Youth

Sunday

Thika United 0-0 Western Stima

Rangers 0-2 Sofapaka

TABLE

Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Tusker 27 15 9 3 34 13 21 54
2 Gor Mahia 27 15 7 5 31 17 14 52
3 AFC Leopards 27 15 6 6 38 23 15 51
4 Sofapaka 27 12 8 7 29 19 10 44
5 Ulinzi Stars 27 13 4 10 33 26 7 43
6 Thika United 27 12 7 8 34 31 3 43
7 W Stima 27 10 7 10 24 20 4 37
8 Chemelil 27 8 12 7 17 17 0 36
9 Mathare 27 8 11 8 30 31 -1 35
10 Sony 27 10 4 13 22 21 1 34
11 KCB 27 9 6 12 31 28 3 33
12 Karuturi 27 7 9 11 17 24 -7 30
13 City 27 6 9 12 16 29 -13 27
14 Muhoroni 27 7 5 15 19 29 -10 26
15 Oserian 27 4 9 14 11 29 -18 21
16 Rangers 27 3 11 13 19 48 -29 20

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