Gor Mahia moved within a point of being crowned the 2017 SportPesa Premier League champions after a 3-1 win over Kariobangi Sharks in Kisumu on Tuesday.
A Jacques Tuyisenge hat-trick pushed K’Ogalo on the brink of an unprecedented 16th title in the thrilling encounter at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu. Masoud Juma scored Sharks’s consolation late in the second half to take his season tally to 11 goals.
Tuyisenge’s treble took him level with top scorer Kepha Aswani on 12 goals with five matches to the end of the season. Gor just need one point to be crowned champions – with their next assignment against arch-rivals Ulinzi Stars at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday.
Smarting from their 1-0 loss to Mathare United in their last league outing which ended coach Dylan Kerr’s 11-match unbeaten run, the runaway leaders got a perfect start after Tuyisenge opened the scoring 13 minutes into the match.
The Rwandan national team skipper pounced on a back pass from Sharks’ Paul Kamau to his goal keeper John Oyemba, before slotting home.
In a unique celebration style, the Rwandan forward threw his boots to Gor Mahia fans and put on new ones.
Five minutes later, Tuyisenge doubled the lead with an easy finish after receiving a perfectly weighted pass from compatriot Meddie Kagere, who had already beaten Sharks custodian Oyemba.
Tuyisenge then completed his hat-trick nine minutes to the break after receiving a pass from Wellington Ochieng from the left flank.
Two minutes later, Gambian forward Ebrima Sanneh thought he had pulled one back for Sharks but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Tuyisenge was then denied by the woodwork three minutes to the break with Gor now threatening to run riot.