‘Mighty K’Ogalo’ finish the year top of the FKF PL standings

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 23 – Gor Mahia have ensured they finish the year top of the FKF Premier League standings, and a five-point buffer on top, after edging out Bandari FC by a solitary goal in Machakos, in their final match of 2023 on Friday.

K’Ogalo remain unbeaten so far this season after 16 matches, one shy of the end of the first leg and have won nine matches with six draws.

Austin Odhiambo’s 86th minute goal was the difference for Gor against Bandari, victory that ensured they move to 34 points, closer to the halfway mark in the season.

“I am really pleased. There was only one team trying to play football. Bandari came to play for a point and probably catch us on the counter attack. It made it difficult for us but we knew we had to remain patient,” Gor coach Jonathan McKinstry said after the match.

He added; “I thought in the first half we played some really good football, maybe played a pass too many. We spoke about that at halftime and we needed to be a bit clinical.”

Gor Mahia head coach Jonathan McKinstry shares some words with right back Rooney Onyango. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Gor have a five point gap to Posta, who moved second after match day 16 with a 2-0 victory over Ulinzi Stars, having earlier gone on a tough run of two losses in three matches.

Kakamega Homeboyz were dislodged from second spot after losing by a solitary goal to a resurgent City Stars. Homeboyz drop to fourth with 27 points while KCB, who lost by a solitary goal to Nzoia Sugar are third, also on 27 points but a better goal difference.

City Stars who had a tough start to the season are also on 27 points and fifth in the standings, with a lower goal aggregate, with Bandari in sixth with 26.

Meanwhile, Tusker FC who also endured a rough patch at the start of the season moved to 25 points, their third win on the trot, a late 1-0 victory over Kenya Police FC ensuring they finish the year within the top eight.

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The brewers had pressure piling on their shoulders with five defeats coming in after 11 matches, but they have managed to steady the ship, going for five games without defeat and keeping four clean sheets in the same run.

Tusker FC players celebrate their late win against Police FC. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

With only four points from second and nine from leaders Gor Mahia, Tusker have their eyes set on keeping their winning momentum going getting into the new year.

Elsewhere, Kenya Police FC’s woes continued, with their off field issues involving a tiff between coach Zdravko Logarusic, his assistant Salim Babu and the experienced cog of his playing unit threatening to derail their season.

The Croat was not on the bench during the defeat to Tusker, neither was his assistant, due to a storm caused by the coach with his comments on getting rid of the ‘older’ players in the squad.

Police, who hired Logarusic after the dismissal of Francis Baraza, are 10th in the standings.

At the same time, despite a 1-0 win over KCB, Nzoia remain bottom of the league with 13 points. The sugar millers have had a torrid season after they lost 95 percent of their team, including head coach Babu, at the end of last season.

New coach Godfrey Oduor has been forced to work with a newly assembled team, and things haven’t been easy for them with nine losses in 16 matches.

Shabana and Sofapaka are meanwhile just a point above them on 14 points, the two also not facing an easy season.

The Premier League goes on a two-week break fpr the Christmas holidays, resuming on January 6.

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