Sony survive, Ingwe finish second
Sony Sugar mustered all their experience to avoid relegation at the expense of Kakamega Homeboyz who return to second tier football after just one season in the Premier League.
Homeboyz lost 2-1 to visitors AFC leopards, a result which sees them join Karuturi Sports in the nationwide league next season.
The win assured Ingwe a second spot finish, edging out Sofapaka who also won their match.
Peter Pinchez Opiyo buried home the opener after just 29 seconds of play, before Allan Wanga made it 11 on his name with the second.
Substitute Tony Ssentongo’s header revived Homeboyz’s hope of coming back but it was too little too late as Leopards held on for the win.
“We have accepted. It was going to be difficult,” said Homeboyz coach Edward Manoah after the loss.
It was a big task for the new boys noting that Leopards were also fighting for second place and could not afford to slip up.
At Awendo, Sony had their destiny in their own hands and Moses Arita’s first half brace against Bandari confirmed the Sugar men’s survival in the league.
The coastal side was made to pay for missing early chances when a long pass forward was met by Samuel Onyango whose fine control and cross picked out an unmarked Moses Arita six yards out and the striker swept home easily for the opener.
Arita was the beneficiary of another defensive blunder by the visitors when Maurice Odipo slipped and lost control of the ball 25 yards out only for Chamberi Marwa to win it and pick out the unmarked Arita.
The win saw Sony finish in 11th place with 34 points as Zico’s charges survived a dramatic campaign.
Elsewhere Jacob Keli emerged as the 2013 Kenyan Premier League top scorer after hitting a brace against Karuturi Sports.
Keli finished with a tally of 17 for the season, a goal more that Jesse Were who scored the lone goal as Tusker beat Western Stima 1-0 at Bukhungu.
Champions Gor Mahia drew 0-0 with Ulinzi Stars finishing the season with 60 points. Tusker won last season’s title with 59 points.