FKF Premier League: Gor Mahia Extend Unbeaten Run As Newly-Coached Shabana Hit Five

FKF Premier League: Gor Mahia Extend Unbeaten Run As Newly-Coached Shabana Hit Five

Robert Abong'o
updated at January 15, 2024 at 11:59 AM
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  • Defending champions Gor Mahia beat Kariobangi Sharks to keep their unbeaten run
  • Sammy Pamzo Omollo's Shabana FC beat bottom-placed side Nzoia Sugar 5-2
  • Nairobi City Stars are second, with former champions Tusker FC third in the table

Defending champions Gor Mahia kept their unbeaten streak going after securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Kariobangi Sharks at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday, January 13, 2024.

Chris Ochieng scored the decisive goal in injury time, extending K'Ogalo's unbeaten streak to 18 games with 40 points.

The win extended Johnathan McKinstry's lead at the top of the FKF Premier League table, a 10-point lead over Nairobi City Stars and Bandari, who share the joint second position with 30 points each.

Gor Mahia FC and Shabana FC both won their fixtures in the FKFK Premier League. Photos: Gor Mahia & Shabana.
Gor Mahia FC moved 10 points clear as Shabana FC scored five goals against Nzoia Sugar. Photos: Gor Mahia & Shabana.
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K'Ogalo head coach McKinstry conceded that it was not the is not the first time his team secured a late winner, pointing out his team's character.

"It is a sign of a team which has something special in their character. However, I felt some of the decisions of the referee against us were not fair. We have won and I'm convinced we are doing well," said McKinstry, as reported by the Nation.

Meanwhile, at Bukhungu Stadium, Harambee Stars' rising star Moses Shumah missed a penalty for Kakamega Homeboyz in a barren draw against Mombasa-based Bandari.

On the other hand, Homeboyz head coach Patrick Odhiambo slammed his players for their lack of character to triumph in matches.

"I am very disappointed with some of my players especially the strikers who are not taking advantage of our chances, we cannot continue like that," Odhiambo is quoted on Citizen Sports.

In Sunday's fixtures, Shabana, under the guidance of their new coach Sammy 'Pamzo' Omollo, made an impressive debut by thrashing bottom-placed Nzoia Sugar 5-2 at Sudi Stadium in Bungoma County. Shabana climbed to 16th place with 17 points, tied with Sofapaka but boasting a superior goal difference.

AFC Leopards secured their second consecutive win, defeating Muhoroni Youth 1-0 at Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium Momboleo, Kisumu County. Jafferry Owiti's third-minute goal secured the victory for Leopards, placing them 12th on the league table with 21 points, while Muhoroni Youth is 14th with 18 points.

Former champions Tusker FC continued their resurgence with a 3-1 victory over Zizo Otieno's Sofapaka at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Fabian Adikiny, Eric Kapaito, and David Odoyo found the net for Tusker, while Keegan Ndemi scored a consolation goal for Sofapaka in the 73rd minute. Tusker now sits third on the log with 31 points.

At Ulinzi Sports Complex, Ulinzi Stars and KCB played to a goalless draw, maintaining their struggles in the top-flight league.

In other matches, Kenya Police secured a 1-0 victory over Bidco United at Thika Sub County Stadium. At the same time, FC Talanta edged out Murang'a Seal with a solitary goal at SportPesa Arena in Muranga Country.

Lastly, a first-half strike from Mohamed Bajaber ensured Nairobi City Stars reclaimed the second spot from Bandari with 33 points, beating Posta Rangers.

Four teams to miss 2024 FKF Cup

Sports Brief reported that four FKFPL clubs skipped the 2024 FKF Cup.

The event, held annually, grants the winners a pathway to entry into the CAF Confederation Cup.

So far, 36 clubs have confirmed their involvement in this year’s edition, set to kick off on January 27, 2024.

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