Kakamega Homeboyz came from a goal down on Saturday to beat hosts Kariobangi Sharks 2-1 to extend their unbeaten run to eight games and leapfrog Tusker at the summit.
The victory came two weeks after they had stunned record champions Gor Mahia 2-1 prompting belief among Homeboyz supporters that they could lift their first top-flight title since debuting in 2013.
Nicholas Muyoti’s men are now a point ahead of joint second-placed Gor Mahia (38) and Tusker after the duo registered contrasting results at the weekend.
While K’Ogalo, who still have two games in hand, thrashed struggling domestic cup holders Bandari 3-0 in Nakuru to give veteran coach Twahir Muhhidin a rude welcome on his return to the dugout, the brewers dropped two points against visiting Ulinzi Stars (1-1) at Ruaraka Grounds.
With the draw, Ulinzi who are level on points (35) with fourth-placed KCB following their 3-1 victory over Western Stima in Machakos, continue to put pressure on the top three.
Just like at the top, the battle to avoid relegation is becoming hotter, so is the race for the golden boot.
In the relegation battle, 15th-placed Nzoia Sugar remained level on points (11) with Wazito after being held to a barren draw by Zoo in Bungoma as the money bags suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Posta Rangers in Machakos.
The loss — Wazito’s 11th of the season — left a bad taste in the mouth of coach Stewart Hall as the Briton accused centre referee Caroline Wanjala of poor officiating.
Wazito fell behind to an early Issifou Bourahana’s fourth minute own goal before captain Vincent Omurwa conceded a penalty after he was adjudged to have fouled Ezekiel Okare in the box.