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Brewers hold on to KPL lead

NAIROBI, APRIL 11- City Stadium proved to the burying ground for big teams on a crazy weekend of Kenyan Premier League (KPL) action that saw Tusker FC maintain their lead at the summit.

Title rivals, Sofapaka, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards came unstuck at the astro-turf surface of City as the Brewers enjoyed yet another successful trip to the sugar belt where they left Sony smarting from a 2-0 defeat.

Tusker (15) are three points clear of second placed Western Stima whose early season sparkling form continued with a 1-0 away win against newly promoted Congo United at Mbaraki Stadium in Mombasa.

Seeking to dislodge the Brewers from the summit on Saturday, Sofapaka who ended Tusker’s unbeaten start to the league last Tuesday in a 1-0 win, were dispensed of by Rangers on Saturday. Kevin Ochieng was the hero in the 2-0 win after getting to the end of two flowing counter attack moves in the 74th and 82nd minutes.

In the second televised match of the day at the same venue, Nairobi City Stars hauled themselves off the bottom with a merited 1-0 upset of Gor Mahia with Jimmy Bagaye proving the difference.

Tusker prevailed in Awendo through Victor Ali and Frederick Ojwang’ who netted in the 30th and 35th minutes with skipper Fred Shimonyo giving Stima the priceless goal in Mombasa that saw Congo United who are yet to win slip to bottom.

Despite the assertions from coach Robert Matano that AFC had recovered from their defeat to Stima in Kakamega a week earlier, KCB piled more misery at City Stadium on Sunday when Michael Oyando’s 68th minute dipping free kick sailed over Brian Tiema in the Ingwe goal for the win that pushed the Bankers up to third.

Mathare United prevailed 3-0 over a listless Karuturi Sports with a Kevin Kimani brace in the 40th and 42nd minute complemented Dennis Nzomo’s eighth minute opener to round off round six fixtures at City.

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