Kahata wonder strike sends Gor Mahia to the top as Tusker stutter against Chemelil

Gor Mahia are back at the summit of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) standings after coming from behind to beat Kariobangi Sharks 2-1 in a round 19 league fixture played Saturday 30 March at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Francis Kahata’s exquisite volley from outside the area moments to half time proved the difference for K’Ogallo who had fallen behind through Erick Kapaito’s opener after 20 minutes.


Lawrence Juma levelled matters eight minutes later before Kahata showed a moment of individual brilliance as he connected perfectly with Philemon Otieno’s cross to power a left footed volley over John Oyemba and into the back of the net.

The goal, a worthy contender for goal of the season.

The win propels Gor to the top of the log with 35 points, two more than Sofapaka who now drop to second with 33 points.

Kahata Francis (R) celebrates his goal against Sharks [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]

For Sharks, the loss is their second in succession following the midweek 3-1 loss to Tusker and leaves them in 6th place with 29 points.

The game was briefly mired by violence as Gor Mahia stewards attacked memebrs of Sharks’ technical bench.

Tusker stopped

In the other game played on Saturday, Tusker were unable to take advantage of the inactivity of the teams above them as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Chemelil Sugar at the Chemelil Sports Complex.

All three goals were scored in the opening stanza with Boniface Muchiri opening the scoring after 13 minutes. But the brewers were unable to maintain their blistering start as late goals from Lucas Waitere and Musa Oundo stunted their title push.

Chemelil boost their chances of survival with the win and move up to 13th place with 21 points, five points clear of the drop zone while Tusker remain in 5th place with 29 points.