KCB Bethuel Warambo(L) and Ezekiel Odera of Sofapaka eye for ball possession during their KPL match at City Stadium on Saturday 11/07/15. PHOTO.BONIFACE OKENDO

KCB Bethuel Warambo(L) and Ezekiel Odera of Sofapaka eye for ball possession during their KPL match at City Stadium on Saturday 11/07/15. PHOTO.BONIFACE OKENDO

Goals from Chrisipinus Onyango ensured the bankers picked maximum points and ease their relegation worries. Sofapaka?s loss gives champions Gor Mahia chance to extend their lead at the top when they play Mathare United today at Nyayo Stadium.

At the same time, Nakuru All Stars came from behind to hold Muhoroni Youth 2-2 in another Kenyan Premier League match at Muhoroni Stadium.

At City Stadium, it was always going to be tough for Sofapaka, considering they lost a number of key players in the just concluded transfer window

?Today, we did not play with our usual shape considering we had five new players in our starting line up,? Sofapaka?s head coach, Sam Timbe said.

Onyango put his side ahead with a 20th minute strike, beating goalkeeper David Okello with a brilliant effort that he sent to the furthest corner of goal.

Then with 10 minutes to full time, Onyango looped past an advancing Okello. It would have been worse for Sofapaka, had John Odhiambo scored a penalty at the hour mark.

In another match at the same venue, Khalid Jumaan?s 30th minute goal is all AFC Leopards needed to edge out Ushuru 1-0 and pick their second win in a row.

Ushuru?s Mohammed Hussein was denied by goalkeeper Lucas Indeche from a header in the sixth minute. Five minutes later, Patrick Kagogo beat the Ushuru wall with a well taken free kick after Bernard Mangoli had been brought down, but his effort went wide.

In Muhoroni, it only took the hosts nine minutes to net their opener when Abass Akinyemi scored from the spot after teammate Paul Odhiambo was fouled in the area.

Bouyed by the early lead, Muhoroni Youth piled pressure on the visiting side, with latest acquisition Wycliffe Ochomo extending the hosts? lead in the 15th minute.

In the second half, Nakuru?s Bonface Akenga headed in from a corner kick, but hawk-eyed Muhoroni Youth custodian Faruk Shikalo parried it away.

The resultant corner-kick eluded the Muhoroni Youth defence with Lwama Babeto?s well placed shot in the far left corner of the goal reducing Nakuru All Stars deficit in the 78th minute with Shikalo well beaten.

A rejuvenated Nakuru All Stars piled more pressure as Muhoroni Youth counter-attacked with Ochomo unleashing a shot in the 84th minute but Shaban Odonji saved.

By GILBERT WANDERA AND BOSCO MAGARE, The Standard

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