Sofapaka Go Top

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Sofapaka surged to the summit of the Kenya Premier League standings after easing to a 1-0 win over relegation-worried Nairobi City Stars.

International winger Clifton Miheso was the toast of Sam Timbe’s table toppers as he struck the lone goal in the 10th minute from a superb assist from Enock Agwanda.

The win moved Sofapaka to 43 points one above Gor Mahia who clash with Tusker tommorow. For City Stars, the defeat left their proud 10-year top flight status hanging in the balance. The Kawangware side with six matches left to the end of the season have 19 points–three adrift of the safety position occupied by resurgent KCB.

Meanwhile, KCB edged further away from the relegation zone after they pipped Ulinzi Stars 1-0 in a Kenya Premier League match at same venue yesterday afternoon.

Substitute John Macharia was the hero for Rishadu Shedu’s men as he scored the winning goal in the 69th minute just moments after he got onto the pitch.

The three points pushed the bankers’ points tally to 22 points though they still remain 14th on the log.

After a torrid opening hour in which goalkeeper Zachary Onyango kept them in the game and Stephen Waruru’s ‘Hand of God’ goal was ruled out, Macharia scored the only goal in 67th minute. The marksman beat Ulinzi backline to put the ball behind James Saruni and the results left coach Shedu hugely delighted.

The bankers’ played without top striker Paul Kiongera, who has since left the club to start a new life in Tanzania with giants Simba. Shedu admitted they missed his clinical finish.

Coming into the match, Ulinzi Stars were enjoying an enviable record. First, they had scored in all the previous nine matches the team has been involved in and secondly, they had lost only twice under new tactician Robert Matano.

Mohammed ‘Rio’ Hassan had the first chance to put his side ahead in the 12th minute but was denied by Onyango in goal. Onyango, who was named Man of the match, had the last contact with the ball as he came out to stop Hassan and with it, gave Ulinzi Stars their first corner of the match.

Four minutes later, Ulinzi got a free-kick near KCB goal but it was taken badly resulting in another corner.

Then four minutes later, the KCB keeper denied Evans Amuoka who was attempting a diving header from a well taken cross. Stephen Waruru was cautioned towards the end of the first half when he had his hand on the ball while trying to score.

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