FKFPL wrap: Kenya Police stop reggae after ending Gor Mahia’s Invincible Dream, Ingwe continue impressive form

5th February 2024

Police became the first side to beat Gor Mahia this season after 19 failed attempts.

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  • Gor Mahia had not lost any game in the opening 19 games (W12 D7).
  • The defeat against Police cut their lead at the top of the table to eight points.
  • AFC Leopards continued with their good run as they won a fourth consecutive game.

Match week 20 of the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) was filled with drama on and off the pitch. 

The weekend had everything – from Kenya Police’s shock move to increase ticket prices from 200 to 1500 to the law enforcers producing a dominant display that brought Gor Mahia’s unbeaten run to an end.

Clubs such as AFC Leopards, Sofapaka, Ulinzi Stars, and Posta Rangers also won their respective matches as the likes of Nairobi City Stars and Shabana shared spoils. 

Here is a wrap of the exciting action witnessed in FKFPL match week 20.

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Police FC cage Gor Mahia as unbeaten streak ends 

K’Ogalo’s hopes of finishing the 2023/2024 season unbeaten were shattered by a flawless Police FC side at the Police Sacco Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

There was a lot of talk ahead of the match with regard to the law enforcers’ decision to charge football fans record high gate charges with Gor Mahia’s manager Johnathan McKinstry being forced to comment on the move. 

Despite a lot of cries from football stakeholders, nothing was changed as the visitors went on to lose the match 3-1.

Gor Mahia, who are the reigning champions, had a good start to the game with Austin Odhiambo opening the scoring early in the first half after being set up by Sharif Musa. 

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However, Police came back from the break stronger and managed to score three goals to hurt the loyal K’Ogalo fans who had turned up for the clash.

The host’s goals came courtesy of former Gor Mahia captain Kenneth Muguna and South Sudan forward Tito Okello, who scored a brace to end K’Ogalo’s 19-match unbeaten run (W12 D7).

Police made a massive leap in the FKFPL table standings after the win, jumping to position three with 33 points, 10 less than leaders Gor Mahia. 

AFC Leopards feast on Kariobangi Sharks

AFC Leopards continued with their good run after beating Kariobangi Sharks 2-0 in a match staged at the Nyayo National Stadium. 

Ingwe opened the scoring a few minutes from the start of the second half through Victor Omune’s spot kick after Hassan Beja was fouled inside the box.

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Boniface Munyendo added the second shortly after to put the former FKFPL champions on the driving seat and spark wild celebrations at the 30,000-seater stadium. 

The Tomas Trucha-led side managed to hold on to the lead and in the process bagged their fourth consecutive win. 

Ingwe ended match week 20 at position 10 in the log with 27 points while Kariobangi Sharks sat at position 16 with 19 points.  

Murang’a Seal’s winless streak extends to ten games

Struggling Murang’a Seal FC suffered yet another defeat in the FKFPL on Sunday as they lost 2-3 to visitors Bandari FC.

The Central region-based club bottled the lead on two occasions and went on to lose the match in extra time in an encounter played at the Sportpesa Arena on Sunday afternoon.

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Seal opened the scoring in the sixth minute via Titus Kapchanga. However, the narrow lead only lasted for five minutes before Bandari FC equalized through Abdallah Hassan.

The hosts then retook the lead in the second through skipper Peter Mwaura but Francis Kahiro made it 2-2 at the stroke of 70th minute.

Hamisi Mwaphalu ensured Bandari FC returned to Coastal Kenya with all three points after scoring the winner in the last minute of the match.

Murang’a Seal have now gone 10 matches without picking up maximum points after this defeat. The side which is coached by Abdalla Juma currently sits at position 12 in the FKFPL log with 24 points, 11 more than bottom-placed side Nzoia Sugar.

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Match week 20 FKFPL results

Police FC 3 - 1 Gor Mahia

Murang’a Seal 2 - 3 Bandari FC

Kariobangi Sharks 0 - 2 AFC Leopards

Nairobi City Stars 0 - 0 Shabana FC

Ulinzi Stars 1 - 0 FC Talanta

Kakamega Homeboyz 0 - 0 Muhoroni Youth

Nzoia Sugar 0 - 1 Posta Rangers

Tusker FC 0 - 1 Bidco United

Sofapaka FC 2 - 1 KCB FC