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Gor hit Tusker to open 12-point KPL lead

Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere celebrating after scoring the opener against Tusker FC. Photo/GOR MAHIA

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 23 – Meddie Kagere and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo were on target as Gor Mahia hit defending champions Tusker FC 2-0 to open a huge 12 point lead at the summit of the Kenyan Premier League table.

In other results played on Saturday, Sofapaka were stunned 2-1 away to high flying Kakamega Homeboyz while relegation threatened Thika United played to a 1-1 draw against Posta Rangers while Ulinzi Stars were 1-0 winners over struggling Mathare United.

At the Kericho Green Stadium, Gor overcame a heavy downpour to continue their dominance over Tusker with the win seeing them control the standings on 54 points with a match at hand. Homeboyz’s victory over Sofapaka saw them close on Batoto Ba Mungu with both sides sharing 42 points.

Both Gor and Tusker created early chances that could have seen either side score. Allan Wanga was the first culprit when he squandered an open chance after seven minutes of play when he shot over after landing a poor clearance from K’Ogalo keeper Boniface Oluoch.

On Gor side, Rwandese Jacques Tuyisenge should have given himself a belated 26th birthday gift if he had nodded home a clear-cut chance.

However, Kagere made the impact, sending Gor ahead in the 16th minute after making good use of ‘Blackberry‘s fine pass.

Despite Gor defensive midfielder Ernest Wendo being booked for elbowing Jackson Macharia, K’Ogalo reigned supreme with Ugandan Godfrey Walusimbi the chief destroyer in intercepting Tusker’s passes.

With Tusker seeing Paul Odhiambo’s shot hit the woodwork; ‘Blackberry’ doubled the lead in the 57th minute with Kagere doing the honours of providing the assist.