Thika’s lead narrows

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NAIROBI, Kenya, March 23 – Thika United’s lead at the top of the Kenya Premier League (KPL) standings has been cut to two points after a barren draw with Ulinzi Stars on Saturday

Abdallah Juma’s side will however take heart from the fact they are still unbeaten in the league while Ulinzi continue to stroll along in the season with eight points from six games.

Another unbeaten side Sofapaka boosted their title credentials with a 2-1 over Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).

Strikes from James Situma and substitute Bob Mugalia helped the league’s new boys anchor themselves in second position in the standings while KCB are left floundering in 12th position.

The banker’s position is not as desperate as the one facing AFC Leopards who continue to sink in to a dark hole with very passing weekend.Sebastian Muchera’s early goal counted for nothing as ‘Ingwe’ lost 2-1 to Agro Chemicals at the Coca Cola Stadium. It was Leopards’ fourth loss in six games and have only two points to show since their return to the top flight. This week’s break in the league could not have come sooner for the legendary club who have to regroup before their April 4 encounter with Sher Karuturi.

Sher on the other hand showed no ill effects of the punishment slapped on them by the KPL officialdom after a 1-1 draw with Gor Mahia. The flower men who went into the match without six of their first choice players including Harambee Stars goalkeeper Noah Ayuko found themselves behind after a goal from Christopher Wekesa put Gor ahead. Sher responded through Ibrahim Annan who took advantage of a howler from Ayuko’s replacement Jerim Onyango. Nairobi City Stars were last weekend’s biggest victors with an emphatic 3-0 win over Red Berets.

Edward  Munjalo, David Gateri put the Kawangware side 2-0 ahead at the interval while Thomas Wanyama completed the rout with a brilliant effort of his own.

Defending champions Mathare United who traveled to the coast with the backlash over their controversial withdrawal of their players hanging over them drew blanks against Bandari United. Mathare United are now six points behind Thika in fourth place and three behind Western Stima who also endured a 0-0 draw against Sony Sugar.

In another result, Chemelil Sugar and Tusker FC drew 0-0 at the Chemelil Sugar Complex.

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