Gor Mahia held by Nzoia 2-2

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Gor Mahia held by Nzoia 2-2

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Report from the Nation
Geoffrey Ochieng vs Nzoia

Nzoia Sugar on Wednesday kept their home unbeaten run in this season’s Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKF-PL) with a hard-fought 2-2 draw against leaders Gor Mahia at their fortress Sudi Stadium.

The Bungoma-based side are now unbeaten in nine home matches, a performance that has seen them emerge as strong title contenders.

After 18 matches, Gor lead with 38 points while KCB are second with 36 points. Nzoia and Tusker are third and fourth respectively with 34 points each.

Tusker, who have an inferior goal difference compared to the Millers have a game in hand. While K’Ogalo looked destined to end Nzoia’s unbeaten run at home, substitute James Kibande salvaged things for the coach Salim Babu’s side with an 82nd minute strike from the spot.

Lethal striker Benson Omala had restored the 19-time champions’ lead with his 18th strike of the season at the hour mark. This is after Nzoia defender Ian Karani scored in the 41st minute to cancel out Austin Odhiambo’s third minute goal for K’Ogalo.

“It is not easy for teams to win here (Sudi Stadium) because of the high level of confidence and fan base,” said Babu. “We have to fight to keep this record because it is possible as long as we continue with the way we have been playing. It is the confidence that kept us pushing even when we were behind against Gor.”

During their first leg home matches, Nzoia defeated Sofapaka (1-0), Nairobi City Stars (1-0), Wazito (4-0) and Vihiga Bullets (2-1). They were held by Bandari (0-0), AFC Leopards (0-0) and Posta Rangers (1-1).

K’Ogalo, coached by Irish Johnathan McKinstry won the first leg of the clash by a solitary goal.

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