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Chinoso brace hands Gor third season loss

Nigerian foward Promise Chinoso vies for the ball with Gor Mahia’s Clifton Miheso during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Narok Stadium on February 8, 2019. PHOTO/Sofapaka FC/Twitter

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 8 – Elli Asieche and Nigerian forward Promise Chinese combined twice as Sofapaka beat Gor Mahia 3-1 at the Narok Stadium on Saturday evening to hand the reigning Kenyan champions their third loss this season.

Sebastine Ikekhai added the third for the 2009 league champions with a ferocious thunderbolt as they savored the victory south of the Rift Valley.

Chinoso broke the deadlock within the opening minute of the game before Gor drew back through Samuel Onyango, but the Nigerian signed in mid-season proved his worth with a second half goal as Batoto ba Mungu weaved to only their fourth victory over Gor in 24 meetings.

With the victory, Sofapaka move eighth in the standings with 30 points while Gor sees their lead on top of the log cut down to three points after second placed Homeboyz played to a 1-1 draw with Bandari in Mombasa earlier in the day.

Meanwhile in other results, Wazito FC finally found their winning formula after beating Western Stima 2-1 in the early kick off in Narok while Ulinzi Stars played to a 1-1 draw with Nzoia Sugar in Bungoma.

In Muhoroni, relegation fighting Chemelil Sugar falso finally found their winning feet after beating Posta Rangers 2-1 to earn a massive three points that propelled them to nine points, only three off the survival slots.

In the other fixture, Mathare United thrashed Zoo Kericho 3-1 at the Kasarani Stadium.

In Narok, Sofapaka had vowed earlier in the week to ‘stop Gor Mahia’s reggae’ and pick a much needed win to boost their hopes of pushing their hopes of a top half finish.

They had a dream start, Nigerian Chinoso taking them 1-0 up within the opening minute when he ran into the six yard box to bounce in a header off an Eli Asieche cross from the left.

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However, Gor responded when Onyango headed home from a Kenneth Muguna cross, not being the tallest of players inside the box but towering over the defense at the edge of the six yard box before nodding past the keeper.

Gor should have gone ahead minutes later when a hospital pass from Achesa set up his keeper who in turn gifted the ball to Juma Balinya, but the Ugandan’s effort came off the crossbar.

Sebastine Ikekhai celebrates after scoring against Gor Mahia during a Kenyan Premier League fixture at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 8, 2019. PHOTO/Sofapaka FC/Twitter

The reigning champions had their efforts raised in the second half and just four minutes in, Onyango had a chance for a brace when he ran into a ball lobbed behind the defense but his effort was blocked by the keeper.

On the other end, Charles Momanyi had to clear the ball a yard off goal after Jedinak Nana met an Asieche cross with an angled header beating David Mapigano.

But a few moments later, Sofapaka were 2-1 up when Chinoso completed his brace, adjusting his neck muscles superbly to angle an Asieche corner into the net.

Chinoso was a thorn in the Gor’s defense flesh and he forced Mapigano to another good reflex save a few moments later with another header off a Nana cross.

With 25 minutes left on the clock, Gor boss Steve Polack rejigged his tactics pulling out rightback Bernard Ondiek for new signing Edwin Lavatsa, to spruce up the attack. Boniface Omondi was also rested for the fresh feet of Jackson Owusu.

But Sofapaka defended well and with six minutes to go sealed the tie, Ikekhai striking a brilliant volley from range to beat Mapigano hands down.

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