NAIROBI, August 10- Gor Mahia delivered an emphatic reminder to the rest of the SportPesa Premier League of who is the boss when they annihilated hapless KCB FC 6-1 at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.
The champions who are seeking to hold on to their crown for a third successive season returned to domestic top flight action after a three-week absence to attend to Cecafa Kagame Cup duties and by the time they were done, the Banker’s vault had been broken into and robbed dry.
Erstwhile title challengers, Ulinzi Stars and Tusker FC failed to close the gap on runaway leaders K’Ogalo after being held to identical 1-1 draws by home-side Sony Sugar and visiting Western Stima in that order as Bandari and Chemelil played out a barren draw in Mombasa.
In their first outing after being vanquished 2-0 by Tanzanian giants, Azam FC in the Kagame Cup final in Dar-es-Salaam, Gor did more than reassert themselves as domestic title favourites as they blew away KCB as their rivals stuttered to leave them eight clear at the top on 49 points.
A brace from Meddie Kagere and further strikes from star forward, Michael Olunga, an own from Mark Odhiambo, Khalid Aucho and Enock Agwanda drowned KCB who got their consolation from their star attacker, Paul Mungai Kiongera who was once loaned to Gor.
The match got off to a brisk start withr Benjamin Chaka stirring the hornet’s nest in the second minute when he worked Boniface Oluoch in K’Ogalo’s goal in the second minute before his opposite number Zachary Onyango brilliantly turned away quick fire efforts from Olunga and Kagere inside the opening 10.
After spurning a gilt edged opportunity to open the scoring, Olunga finally bulged the KCB net for the opener after 15 when he headed in a Godfrey Walusimbi cross before Kagere added a fine second on 36 when he fired in a volley from a lofted pass from Innocent Wafula.
KCB returned from the break determined to force their way back to the game only for Odhiambo to beat his keeper in the 55th when his effort to stop Kagere from finding Olunga in the box only ended up beating Onyango.
Kiongera pulled one back in the 70th but five minutes later, Kagere completed his double before stoppage time goals from Aucho and substitute Agwanda rounded the goal fest.
Earlier at the same stadium, Tusker went behind in the 26th when Baron Oketch found the target but the Brewers levelled the tie in the 49th through Emmanuel Ngama in a result that left them 13 behind Gor in fourth with any hopes of a last-ditch title challenge all but extinguished.
Ulinzi travelled to Awendo hoping to cement their position as the closest challengers and went ahead in the 75th through Evans Amuoka only for their defensive drill to desert them a minute later when Andrew Sekayombya levelled for the home side to force the stalemate.
Sony rose above KCB to 12th (23) to inch away from the danger zone with Bandari and Chemeli; staying put in sixth (31) and third from bottom (20) after playing to a turgid goaless draw.