Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia is fighting to qualify for the CAF Champions League for the fifth time in a row.
Gor on Thursday moved to position five following a 2-1 emphatic win over Sofapaka in the midweek fixture.
Forward Tito Okello and Alpha Onyango scored for the defending champions to secure the three points. Titus Achesa scored the only goal for the host.
Gor Mahia coach Carlos Manuel Vaz Pinto was impressed by the results.
“It was a difficult game [against Sofapaka], but the players showed commitment and a lot of cohesion. It’s our third consecutive victory, and I would like to dedicate this victory to our supporters, who always support us and continue to believe in us.
“ln second half, the opponents came back with new ideas and they created more problems for us. We tried to put things under control but we conceded one goal and we needed to get another goal to win the game,” Pinto said.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) announced that any team that will be on top of the table by June 30 would earn the ticket to CAF Champions League. The move is meant to beat the deadline set by CAF. The team that wins the league always qualifies for the annual competition.
Tusker FC is now leading with 37 points, followed closely by KCB 34 points, then AFC Leopards and Kariobangi Sharks are in position three and four, respectively.
According to Gor Mahia’s vice-captain Philemon Otieno, they are not under pressure to finish top of the league by the end of next month.
We are taking a match at a time with a target of winning in every outing. Our interest is not how our rivals are performing. We hope to make it to the continental level for the fifth year running,” said Otieno.