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Tusker, Sofapaka share spoils as Chemilil Sugar breeze past Muhorono Youth in KPL ties

Chemilil Sugar players celebrate a goal during a past encounter. They beat Muhoroni Youth 3-1, on Saturday. [PHOTO: STAFFORD ONDEGO/ STANDARD]

By BOSCO MAGARE, NICK OLOUCH and GILBERT WANDERA

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Tusker and Sofapaka shared the spoils in this top of the bill clash at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.

In an earlier match, KCB scored a late goal to sink visiting Western Stima 1-0 at the same venue in a 2pm kick off.

Sofapaka were dominant in both halves of their match against the brewers and enjoyed plenty of stability in midfield having former AFC Leopards midfielder Bernard Mangoli in their stable.

However, it was Tusker who threatened first and had forced a corner in the 12th minute and was quickly taken but Luke Ochieng headed wide.

It took another 12 minutes for Sofapaka to threaten and it was from an Obadiah Tarumbwa effort which went wide though it was targeted at the opponents goal.

One minute later Jesse Were made an effort at the Sofapaka goal but he was off target after running well from the midfield. The most dangerous effort of this half came from Yusuf Juma whose long shot from the left flank was tactfully put out by Boniface Oluoch giving Sofapaka their first corner of the match.

Then Thomas Wanyama was lucky to stay on the pitch after he pulled down a goal bound Were.

Though he deserved a straight red card he was only cautioned and he should consider fortunate to have continued in the match.

KCB second half substitute Daniel Waweru scored the lone goal for the bankers in the 80th minute breaking the deadlock as the match was headed for a barren draw in a hugely dull affair.

At Hope Centre, home side Nairobi City Stars edged out struggling Mathare United 1-0.

Justus Basweti scored the only goal of the match in the 70th minute in a result that pushes City Stars to the top five position in the standings.

In another encounter, Chemilil Sugar recovered from a debilitating 0-2 loss away against coastal side Bandari to whip Muhoroni Youth 3-1 in a home derby with the miller’s Harambee Stars player Daniel Mutai scoring a hat-trick.

Mutai put hosts Chemelil Sugar in the lead in the  2nd minute following a clinically executed Tonny Opondo pass.

Chemelil Sugar continued dictating the pace extending the lead in the 5th minute in the match poorly officiated by Kitale-based central referee Amos Wanjala.

Mutai notched the miller’s second goal after latching on to a pass by overlapping Chemelil Sugar defender Willice Ouma.

After the break, both teams played a closed contested game with Muhoroni Youth launching salvo attacks to earn a consolation goal in the 80th minute through former Tusker striker Joseph Emeka.

Chemelil Sugar players counter-attacked ferociously with Mutai wrapping the scores in the 85th minute after unleashing a scotching shot that  left Muhoroni  Youth custodian Shaban Oum.

Host Sony Sugar FC played to a goalless draw with visiting HomeBoyz FC during an entertaining game played at Awendo Green stadium.

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