Gor Mahia lay down statement of intent with comfortable win over league upstarts Kariobangi Sharks, Mathare United prevail upon Thika United in a five-goal affair as Chemelil Sugar pick brave away win at Awendo in Sunday matches.
Mathare United 3-2 Thika United (Thika)
Christopher Oruchum gave Thika United the lead on 24 minutes, rising highest to head in a corner kick delivered by Sammy Meja.
George Owino replied for Mathare in the 39th minute with a similar header off a well taken corner.
Mathare United took the lead two minutes later through Ronald Okoth who beat Thika goalkeeper Kaleb Wafula from a loose ball after Cliff Nyakeya’s shot had rattled back into play off the cross bar.
Sosthenes Idah’s header in the 63rd minute restored parity for the second time in the match.
David Owino combined beautifully with Daniel Mwaura before finishing beautifully to hand Mathare all three points.
Sony Sugar 0-2 Chemelil Sugar (Awendo)
The venue could be considered Sony's fortress but Chemelil's Edwin Omondi broke the deadlock 10 minutes into the second half with a glancing header off a long ball punted forward by defender Willis Ouma.
Ouma turned from provider to scorer midway through the second half, stepping forward to dispatch a spot kick after midfielder Collins Neto was fouled inside the danger area by Sony’s Victor Ademba.
Zoo Kericho 0-1 Posta Rangers (Afraha Stadium)
Debutants Zoo Kericho looked to be holding their own well in their first top flight match, and things looked to be even going their way when Rangers were reduced to 10 men early in the second half after Gilbert Osonga was shown a straight red card.
But it was not to be as the much travelled Denis Mukaisi turned in Eric Kibiru’s cross to give Rangers the lead just three minutes after they had been rendered numerical inferior.
Kariobangi Sharks 1-3 Gor Mahia
In front of a fair crowd, central defender Harun Shakava opened the scoring for K’Ogalo in the 17th with a headed goal past the out of position Sharks goalkeeper Robert Mboya.
New signing Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza of Rwanda, ever looking the go-to man for Gor, then doubled the scores with a clean finish after Ugandan Godfrey Walusimbi’s initial shot had been parried by Mboya.
Gor’s foreign imports continued to dictate affairs, Tuyisenge getting on the end of a Walusimbi cross for an easy tap-in two minutes to time.
Second half substitute Mathew Odongo came through with Sharks’ consolation goal just seconds to the final whistle after capitalizing on the former champions' momentary sloppiness at the back.