PAUL Mungai scored a hat-trick on Sunday in KCB’s 3-0 win over Oserian, AFC Leopards were held 1-1 by Karuturi Sports and there was victory for Western Stima at Chemelil, but Kenyan Premier League action does not pause until Monday when Sofapaka seek to dislodge Tusker from second place on the table when they meet at the National Stadium.
Leopards’ lead at the top of the top dropped to five points ahead of Tusker [on 22 points] but the Brewers will not hold onto the position should they fall to No. 5 Sofapaka who could reach 23 and be snapping at the heels of Leopards.
No. 3 Chemelil could not make up ground when they shockingly fell to their first home defeat, visiting Western Stima triumphing 1-0.
KCB 3 Oserian 0
After Oserian wasted at least two early chances, it came to haunt them when Paul Mungai struck from a free-kick in the 33rd minute and was to eventually torment the Naivasha team with a hat-trick of goals.
It took Mungai only a minute to score again. With deft skill, he beat Oserian ‘keeper George Ochieng’ with a left foot chip.
No one was there to pounce on Mungai’s neat cross in the last minute of the first half as the bankers’ mounted more threat on the visitors.
Mungai completed his exploits with a beautifully volleyed in goal in the 80th minute, cancelling good second half efforts by Oserian to claw back into the match.
The score line was overwhelming but Oserian were certainly not out of depth. They had chances throughout the match, key players such as John Kiio never abandoning hope.
After Caiphus Mutuu and Protus Ambani had seen their early chances saved by KCB ‘keeper Caleb Adola, Kiio also had his opportunity foiled by the custodian.
Adola also tipped over the bar, a 17th minute Kiio free-kick. The hard working ‘keeper had also a bit of luck and saw Paul Odhiambo miss with a yawning empty net in front of him when Adola was off the line.
Chemelil 0 Western Stima 1
Ali Bai made no mistake in the 59th minute, scoring the Western Stima winner from a move set up by Alloys Mangi.
Chemelil had all the chances to score but were in the end to rue many wasted opportunities.
Enock Sichangi blew away a golden chance after being set up by Daniel Mutahi. Then veteran Mike Mururi could not take up his opportunity in the 23rd minute.
However Wesley Kemboi would also have widened Western Stima’s lead.
When Haji Mwachoki hit the Stima upright in the 66th minute, the rebound by David Ojuang’ was wide.
Karuturi Sports 1 AFC Leopards 1
Benjamin Oketch had home side Karuturi Sports up in the 16th minute, his well taken free-kick 35 metres out beating AFC Leopards’ ‘keeper Patrick Matasi.
Leopards had drawn their matches at Karuturi since 2009 and it was all they could hope for this time.
Defender Eric Masika saved the visitors’ blushes, the ex-Gor Mahia man scoring his first goal for Leopards with a second half header. Masika connected with a Victor Ochieng’ cross on 49 minutes.
Karuturi coach Michael Nam will be awaiting league disciplinary action after making a nuisance of himself -- going to sit on the pitch and holding up play --protesting that the referee had ignored a Karuturi penalty claim.
When Nam was ejected by the referee and play resumed, Leopards laid siege but they could not grab the winner.
Mathare United 1 Rangers 1
Francis Ouma pounced on a loose ball in the box in the 30th minute to give Mathare United the lead.
After Danson Kago had seen his ball just sail over Mathare ‘keeper Joseph Ruto in the 52nd minute, Rangers continued to search for the equaliser.
On 60 minutes Oscar Olwith levelled from an Aggrey Ongoli cross
RESULTS & FIXTURE:
Gor Mahia 2-1 Nairobi City Stars
Thika United 1-0 Muhoroni Youth
Ulinzi Stars 2-1 Sony Sugar
KCB 3-0 Oserian
Mathare United 1-1 Rangers
Karuturi Sports 1-1 AFC Leopards
Chemelil 0-1 Western Stima
7.00pm: (2)Tusker v (5)Sofapaka [National Stadium] * TV