Record champions Gor Mahia laboured to a 2-1 win away to Sofapaka in a rescheduled FKF Premier League fixture at the Dawson Mwanyumba Stadium in Wundanyi, to close the gap on the leading pack.

The game was evenly poised in the opening half with both sides coming close to taking the lead, but it was Gor Mahia who broke the deadlock when Ugandan-born South Sudan striker Tito Okello got to the end of a Kenneth Muguna cross to head past Sofapaka’s Togolese custodian Abdoul-Moubarak Aigba in the 27th minute.

K’Ogalo old boy Lawrence Juma came close to restoring parity for Batoto Ba Mungu four minutes later, beating Gor’s Gad Mathews between the sticks with a free kick that went inches wide.

Trailing 1-0 at the break, the 2009 Kenyan Premier League came back determined to get a result, and were rewarded in the 53rd minute when Titus Achesa slotted home to level the scores.

The goal gave Sofapaka the motivation to pursue the winner, head coach Ken Odhiambo making tactical changes as his Gor Mahia counterpart Manuel Carlos Vaz Pinto also resorted to his bench to absorb the pressure from the purring hosts, and Gor Mahia were the ones to laugh last when teenage prodigy Alpha Onyango came off the bench to head home the winner in the 80th minute from a cross by scorer-cum-creator Tito Okello.

Despite securing their 8th win of the season, Gor Mahia remain sixth but take their point tally to 25 from 15 matches, trimming the gap between them and league leaders Tusker to nine points and pouring cold water on the doubts over their ability to defend their title this season.

Meanwhile Sofapaka, who recorded a 7th loss of the campaign remain 9th on 19 points from 16 matches.

Round 18 FKF Premier League fixtures

Friday: Wazito vs Tusker (Utalii Grounds)

Saturday: Ulinzi Stars vs Kariobangi Sharks (Ole Ntimama, Narok)

Saturday: Posta Rangers vs AFC Leopards (Ruaraka Grounds)

Sunday: KCB vs Bandari (Utalii Grounds)

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