Gor Mahia Football Club officially clinched the 2018/2019 Kenya Premier League with two matches to play.
Home to three Ugandans Erisa Ssekisambu, Shafiq “Bachu” Batambuze and Hashim Ssempala, the K’Ogalo were confirmed champions on Wednesday.
This happened with two matches to go despite being held by relegation-threatened Vihiga United in a one all stalemate at the Kenyatta Stadium on Wednesday.
Charles Momanyi gave Gor Mahia the lead before the Vihiga captain Amos Kigadi equalized to revive Sammy Okoth’s slim relegation survival chances.
Their closest challengers Bandari were held to goal-less draw by Mathare United at the Kasarani Stadium, implying that they can not reach the leaders even if they faltered in their last two matches.
Gor Mahia has 70 points, eight above of Bandari United with two matches left.
Gor Mahia, who are coached by Hassan Oktay’ attained their third consecutive title for an unprecedented 18th trophy.
The trophy will be handed over to the champions this Saturday in Machakos during their away match to 14th placed Posta Rangers.
Gor Mahia will have the trophy for keep this season. That’s the procedure and we will have to follow it. We will buy another trophy for next season
Kenyan Premier League CEO Jack Oguda, as quoted by Standard Sports
Gor Mahia is home to three Ugandans; left back Batambuze, forward Ssekisambu and midfielder Ssempala.
The latter joined from rivals Tusker as a free agent.
They are set to represent Kenya in next season’s CAF Champions League.
Wednesday KPL Results:
Gor Mahia 1-1 Vihiga United
Western Stima 2-1 Posta Rangers
Kakamega Homeboyz 1-2 Sony Sugar
Nzoia Sugar 0-1 KCB
Ulinzi Stars 3-3 Kariobangi Sharks
Mathare United 0-0 Bandari
Sofapaka 0-0 Chemelil Sugar