Gor Mahia's Oliver Maloba (left) and Bandari's Felly Mulumba during their match at Moi Stadium, yesterday. [Phillip Orwa, Standard]

Gor Mahia opened a healthy a 11-point lead at the top of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) log after crushing Bandari 3-1 at Moi Stadium in Kisumu County yesterday.

Francis Kahata in the 38th minute, Meddie Kagere (52nd) and Wellingtone Ochieng (69th) scored for the winners with Michael Apudo getting the consolation goal for the Dockers in the 82nd minute.

The win pushed Gor Mahia’s points tally to 51 despite having been docked nine points after the suspension of Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho following a High Court ruling that the KPL should have only 16 teams.

Second-placed Kakamega Homeboyz will be hoping to reduce the gap today when they face Ulinzi Stars. It will be a tough task, however, for the Kakamega-based boys as they will be facing the third placed soldiers at Afraha Stadium.

On the other hand fourth placed Sofapaka will be hoping to keep in touch with the leaders when they welcome AFC Leopards to Narok Stadium this afternoon.

Gor Mahia started the match strongly with Geoffrey Walusimbi trying to pick out George Odhiambo in the seventh minute, but went for glory instead of playing in the well placed Jacques Tuyisenge and his shot went wide.

Kenneth Muguna, Kahata, and Kagere then came close, but were denied by Joseph Okoth in goal for Bandari.

Bandari then hit back as Wilberforce Logogo and Dairus Mashaga tried their luck, but were repulsed by Musa Mohammed and Walusimbi.

After initially holding on for better part of the first half Bandari cracked towards the end of the first half.

Wellingtone Ochieng managed to pile pressure on the Bandari backline with some good runs before setting up Kahata for the opener.

Gor Mahia started the second half strongly pinning Bandari from the first whistle.

Bandari will, however, have themselves to blame for second goal. Felly Mulumba’s back pass ended at the feet of Kagere and the striker made no mistake stubbing home the second in the 52nd minute.

After the second goal, the Dockers looked disoriented and Gor Mahia ran rings around their backline. As Gor kept pushing it was only a matter of time before a third would come and it did in the 69th minute.

Ochieng headed home from a Kahata free kick and with it ended any hopes of a fightback from the visitors.

Gor continued to pile pressure looking for more goals and Tuyisenge could have made things 4-0 in the 73rd but failed to head in a Muguna cross instead looping it above the post before Apudo got his goal for Bandari.

At Sudi Stadium, Western Stima drew 0-0 with Nzoia United. The result leaves Stima still in danger of relegation.

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