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Gor crowned champions as Mathare survive relegation

Gor Mahia have been crowned the 2017 KPL champions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 18 – Gor Mahia were officially crowned the 2017 Kenyan Premier League Champions while Mathare United survived relegation as the season concluded on Saturday.

Despite being held to a 2-2 draw at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Gor won their record 16th KPL title having accumulated 74 points, 19 above second placed Sofapaka who beat Zoo Kericho 1-0.

However, focus was at the bottom where three teams were fighting to stay in the top flight league.

Meddie Kagere celebrating after netting a brace against Sony Sugar during the season ender at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on 18th, November 2017. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

With Mathare only needing a point to assure themselves a place in the 2018 season, they exactly got it after holding Posta Rangers 2-2 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi’s Jericho estate.

Thika survived the chop after beating Bandari 1-0 to finish 16 th with 38 points.

Western Stima who despite winning 1-0 away to Chemelil could not survive the axe as they joined Muhoroni Youth in the National Super League next season.

Cash-Strapped Nakumatt FC finished 15th on 39 points.

Sony Sugar parading the gourd of honor for Champions Gor Mahia at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on 18th, November 2017. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA

At the Moi Stadium that was attended by Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, Meddie Kagere grabbed a brace in space of five minutes to put K’Ogalo ahead against a resilient Sony side.

He found the back of the net in the 28th minute to cancel out George Abege’s opener that was scored two minutes before completing his brace in the 33rd minute.

However, Yemi Mwana spoiled K’Ogalo’s party in the 71st minute to ensure the spoils were shared as the Sugar Millers finished the season 11th with 43 pints.