NAIROBI, June 7 – GOtv Shield champions, Sofapaka trimmed champions Gor Mahia’s lead at the top to nine points after stopping Chemelil Sugar 1-0 in a Kenyan Premier League clash at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium on Tuesday.
Ugandan, Herman Wasswa, scored the winner at the half hour mark to open his account since joining the 2009 champions in mid-season from Kampala Capital City Authority FC.
For Chemelil, the defeat piled more misery on head coach, Mike Mururi who stretched his winless run to seven successive matches to inch closer to the relegation zone on 15.
Head coach, Sam Timbe, who returned to the dugout after missing their opening second-leg win against Western Stima, started with six new signing with Patrick Mugendi relegating skipper Felly Mulumba to the bench.
A fairly balanced first-half saw Chemelil who were seeking to bounce back from Gor’s 4-1 thrashing, forced Sofapaka keeper David Okello to make an early save when he parried Alloys Mangi’s shot for a fruitless corner.
The Sugar Millers pressured Sofapaka but Mururi charges failed to create chances to trouble Okello.
The visitors made good use of their only chance on target at the half-hour mark when Wasswa nodded home from a corner kick for the opener.
Chemelil had the chance to restore parity on the stroke of half-time but Joshua Oyoo saw his set-piece rattle the woodwork.
Mururi withdrew David Ojuang for Dennis Onkangi while Timbe introduced Erastus Mwaniki for Fuadi Ndayisenga on the restart in search of more goals but none of them made the difference.
The Ugandan did his last substitutions pulling out veteran John Baraza and Wycliffe Opondo for Ekaliani Ndolo and Ezekiel Odera.
The changes nearly yielded fruit when Ndolo intercepted a pass from the midfield to find space and shoot but keeper Fredrick Onyango repelled the ferocious effort.
Onkangi fluffed a late chance that could have salvaged a point, when he received Oyoo’s cut in from a counter attack, only for the striker to send his feeble finish wide from close range.
The league continues on Wednesday with K’Ogalo seeking to restore their 12 point lead at the summit when their unbeaten run will be put to test by plucky Thika United at Nairobi City Stadium.
Other fixtures will see wounded AFC Leopards invite KCB at Nyayo National Stadium, Tusker FC travel to Ulinzi Stars while Western Stima take on Mathare United at Moi’s Kisumu Stadium.
Bandari will be at home in Mombasa against Ushuru, Muhoroni Youth welcome Sony Sugar as bottom sides Nakuru All Stars and City Stars battle it out at Afraha Stadium.