Same old problems as KPL resumes

By Washington Onyango: Sunday, January 5th 2020 at 06:35 GMT +3 | Football
Sofapaka FC's Elly Asieche (left) and Julius Masaba of Kariobangi Sharks during KPL matrch at Kenyatta Stadium Machakos. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Former Gor Mahia winger George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo scored a second-half hat-trick as Tusker destroyed Chemelil Sugar 7-0 in a record away win in the Kenyan Premier League yesterday in Kisumu as the league another walkover was dished out.

Kakamega Homeboyz followed suit with a 4-0 win over Kisumu All-Stars in Kakamega as 10-man Kariobangi Sharks fought back to hold Sofapaka to a 2-2 draw in Machakos where defending champions Gor Mahia defeated Wazito 1-0 in a late kick-off.

Mathare United and KCB shared the spoils at Kasarani after a 1-1 draw while Nzoia Sugar dished out the sixth walk over of the 2019-20 KPL season as the second leg of the country’s top football league kicked off the new year on a low.

The sugar men failed to travel to Mombasa to honour the round 16 match against Bandari at the Mbaraki Sports Club yesterday which went further to illustrate how KPL teams are struggling financially especially after the exit of sponsors SportPesa.

In Kisumu, Chemelil Sugar's financial woes that have contributed to their recent slump in form saw them even suffer more after conceding for the 46th time in the loss to Tusker.

Hashim Sempala gave the Brewers a first minute lead after finishing off Erick Zakayo’s through pass before Timothy Otieno doubled the scores eight minutes later following up a rebound from Humphrey Mieno's shot.

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Otieno would then grab his second of the day in the 20th minute and taking his tally to nine goals which saw him go top of the KPL scorers list.

The in-form striker would then turn provider for Mieno one minute before halftime to give Tusker a healthy 4-0 lead at the break.

After the restart, Robert Matano replaced Otieno with Odhiambo in the 60th minute and the former K’Ogalo player took only five minutes to score his first of the day from Mieno’s assist.

Odhiambo headed home for his second in the 78 minutes before grabbing his first hat trick for Tusker two minutes from time.

In Machakos, record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia returned to winning ways after Charles Momanyi’s 60th-minute header saw K’Ogalo edge out Wazito 1-0 at Kenyatta Stadium.

The win saw Gor maintain their one-point lead over Tusker at the helm of the standings with 31 points and coach Steven Polack was a happy man after the match.

“I’m happy we are back to winning ways after last weeks’ draw. We played a very good game against a very good side and I am pleased with how we defended today despite the low score. All that matters are the three points,” Polack said.

At the same ground, 10-man Kariobangi Sharks and Sofapaka played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Sidney Lokale gave Sharks the lead in the ninth minute before Elli Asieche levelled matters from the spot in the 40th minute.

Sammy Imbuye would give Sofapaka the lead after heading past Brian Bwire just before the break. Sharks midfielder Sven Yiddah was shown a red in the second half but that did not deter Sharks who leveled the scores four minutes from time through Patrick Otieno.

In Kakamega, Allan Wanga notched a brace as Kakamega Homeboyz thrashed Kisumu All Stars 4-0 at Bukhungu Stadium.

Peter Thiong’o and Wanga scored in the first half for the hosts to lead 2-0 before Wanga and David Okoth sealed All Stars' 11th defeat of the season.

At Kasarani, Enock Agwanda cancelled out James Kinyanjui’s opener with a second half penalty to salvage a point for KCB who fought back to draw 1-1 against Mathare United.

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