Last updated 10 months ago | By Gilbert Wandera and Washington Onyango
Gor Mahia returned to winning ways after stopping KCB Bank 2-1 at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos County yesterday.
Francis Afriyie and Lawrence Juma scored for the league champions who lost in their last outing 4-1 to USM Algiers in CAF Champions League action last weekend. Enock Agwanda scored for the bankers.
Earlier at the same venue, Ugandan Villa Oromchan scored for Western Stima as the power men registered their first win of the season after a 1-0 victory against Posta Rangers.
The bankers will have themselves to blame as they conceded due to poor defending in both instances. First Wellingtone Ochieng’s surprise cross caught the KCB backline napping only for Afriyie to tap home in the 11th minute.
Then a long ball inside their half was poorly cleared and Juma tapped home the second for Gor in the 32nd minute.
Agwanda pulled one back for the bankers in the 37th minute from a penalty awarded after Wellingtone Ochieng had hacked down Stephen Waruru.
Gor Mahia were forced to make an early substitution when Afriyie was benched for Samuel Onyango after the Ghanaian suffered a groin injury.
Onyango thought he had scored a third goal for Gor Mahia on resumption, but the referee ruled it out as he was adjudged to have handled the ball before scoring.
The bankers rested Dennis Odhiambo for Michael Mutinda as they enjoyed possession in the second half.
In Kakamega, former Harambee Stars international Allan Wanga scored a brace as Kakamega Homeboyz bounced back to winning ways by thrashing Kariobangi Sharks 3-0 in an entertaining encounter at Bukhungu Stadium.
Kennedy Onyango gave the hosts the lead in the 23rd minute heading in from a corner after Sharks defenders failed to clear the set piece which they held on to for a 1-0 lead at the break.
Wanga would then grab his first of the day eight minutes after the break before netting his brace from the penalty spot and increasing Homeboyz lead to three goals.
In Kericho, Luke Namanda scored in extra time, his first goal for Tusker as the brewers completed a last minute come back for a 2-1 win over hosts Zoo Kericho. Rodgers Aloro had given the hosts the lead in the 59th minute after deflecting the ball into his own net before Timothy Otieno leveled the scores 11 minutes from time.
Namanda would then hand the visitors all the three points with a goal in extra time as Robert Matano collected his first win of the season.
Bandari also won their last match went second in the log after edging out Sony Sugar 1-0 at Awendo with Nicholas Meja scoring the only goal of the match in the 12th minute.