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Gor hold Sony, City Stars blow survival hopes

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Laban Gambareko scores past Ronnie Kagunzi.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.

Laban Gambareko scores past Ronnie Kagunzi.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 3 – Champions Gor Mahia failed to bridge the three point gap between them and leaders Tusker FC as they played to a barren draw against Sony Sugar at the Awendo Stadium on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Ulinzi Stars drew 1-1 with Muhoroni Youth with John Mark Makwatta handing the 2010 champions the lead before the hosts equalised through Lwamba Bebeto’s second half penalty.

The biggest result of the midweek fixtures was at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos where Ushuru FC were humiliated 4-0 by visiting Western Stima courtesy of a brace from Fredrick Shimonyo and a goal-a-piece from Wesley Onguso and Kenneth Mugambi.

The result saw Western Stima climb to fifth on 30 points, seven adrift of Tusker FC.

In Mumias, Mathare United suffered a third loss in four matches, going down 2-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz, a result that sees them remain fourth on 31 points.

The battle at the bottom is as intense as it is at the top with Nairobi City Stars dropping valuable points after losing 1-0 to visiting Chemelil Sugar who had also beaten them over the weekend in the GOtv Shield.

City Stars assistant coach Dennis Okoth was disappointed with the result but says his side has still not lost hope of surviving relegation despite dropping six points off safety.

“It is a disappointing result for us today because we didn’t play well and lost a valuable chance which we should have scored at the beginning. Chemelil got a chance and used it well. We only have ourselves to blame,” Okoth said after the match.

Ezekiel Odera, who scored a superb goal in their last league match against Gor, had the best chance inside the second minute but he failed to beat Chemelil keeper Samuel Odhiambo one-on-one after a defensive lapse.

They were made to pay by a resilient Chemelil with the lanky Laban Gambareko hitting the match’s winner in the 35th minute after sliding the ball past an advancing Ronnie Kagunzi from a sleek Apollo Otieno pass.

The Kawangware based side came close to equalising at the half hour mark through a set-piece which was collected by the burly Odhiambo in the Chemelil goal.

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