Ulinzi Stars forward John Mark Makwatta netted a hat trick to help his team come from behind at the Kisumu County Stadium to beat Chemelil Sugar 3 – 2 in one of the two Kenyan Premier League (KPL) matches played on Saturday 3 October.
Meshack Karani gave the Millers a dream start in the game with the openin g goal on the seventh minute as Ulinzi Stars struggled to cope with the early pressure but once settled, there was no stopping the side from Nakuru.
Makwatta opened his account for the day on the 22nd minute from the penalty spot after his team mate Ezekiel Otuoma was hacked down in the box by Chemelil Sugar defender James Omino.
His second came on the 64th minute after a nice exchange of passes with Otuoma and he completed the treble six minutes later with a low drive after picking another pass from Otuoma.
Chemelil Sugar cut the deficit to one goal on the 77th minute after Geoffrey Kokoyo handled the ball in the box to give away a penalty that was successfully dispatched by Samuel Oluande.
Down in Mombasa, hosts Bandari had a scare before sinking City Stars 2 – 1 to condemn the visitors to the relegation region for at least one more week.
Former City Stars man Anthony Kimani, who scored the lone goal when Bandari visited Nairobi in the first leg got the opener in Mombasa and though Ebrima Sanneh headed in the leveler in the second half, another former City Stars man, David Kingatua came off the bench to net the winner for the hosts on the 82 minute.
City Stars however left the pitch in protest after their man Yusuf Suf was sent off in controversial fashion midway through the second half.