POOR CHANCES FOR UNITED LONDON (AP): Leicester’s first target was exceeded long ago: Premier League survival. Another landmark was achieved yesterday: Champions League qualification for the first time. By the end of the month, Leicester should have secured the prize once simply unthinkable for such a team: the Premier League trophy itself. Jamie Vardy’s double at Sunderland sealed a 2-0 victory that guaranteed a coveted top-four finish. Leicester remain seven points clear at the top and are starting to resemble a Premier League thoroughbred with their effortless march to a first title. This isn’t what a title run-in should look like for a team yet to win the league title in its 132-year history and were in a relegation scrap this time last season. Tottenham are waiting to pounce on any slip-up by Leicester. The second-place London club responded to Leicester’s Sunderland success by ending a 15-year wait for a home win over Manchester United. A 3-0 victory was secured by Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scoring within five minutes, 46 seconds in the second half. It pushed Tottenham a step closer to joining Leicester in the Champions League next season, having only featured in Europe’s top competition once before. United look unlikely to be with them, given that cross-town rivals Manchester City are four points ahead in fourth place. As things are progressing, record 20-time English champions United could see Leicester guarantee the title by winning at Old Trafford in three games time. Leicester are in unfamiliar territory but not showing it. There are no nerves, no sign of anxiety from Claudio Ranieri’s team. Some observers suggested the manager was crying when he entered the field after yesterday’s fifth successive win. “It’s fantastic when you see before the match a lot of old ladies with Leicester shirts outside the stadium,” Ranieri said later. “I said, ‘Unbelievable, they came from Leicester to support us.’ That is emotional; that is fantastic; that is football. “I want, through you, to say thank you for the support. It’s unbelievable. They are amazing. They are dreaming and we want to continue to dream. But to do this, we must be concentrated.” It’s looking bleak for Sunderland, who are four points from safety but with a game in hand over Norwich. There was little at stake in yesterday’s third game apart from Liverpool gaining confidence ahead of their Europa League quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund, which is locked at 1-1. Liverpool dislodged Stoke from eighth place by beating the Anfield visitors 4-1. Alberto Moreno’s fine Liverpool opener was cancelled out by Bojan Krkic in the 22nd minute. But Daniel Sturridge restored Liverpool’s lead before half-time and substitute Divock Origi netted twice after the break.
0Shares0000LG Marketing Manager Moses Marnji (L) hands over a Trophy to Ernest Wenbo (R) who was crowned SportPesa player on the Month for May at Camp Toyoyo Stadium.PHOTO-SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 – Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo was on Tuesday belatedly named the SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Player of the Month for May.Wendo steered K’Ogalo to three wins and one draw in May with an outstanding performance particularly in the Mashemeji Derby where Gor thrashed bitter rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 thanks to goals from Meddie Kagere, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Timothy Otieno. “I am so happy to be recognized after working so hard to be where I am. Playing at Gor Mahia makes one strong and the coaches and team-mates demand for better performance every game. I have to work hard and maintain the levels that won me this award and hopefully help my team win silverware.” An elated Wendo said after receiving the gong at their Camp Toyoyo training base.Unbeaten in that month, Gor also picked wins from Nzoia Sugar (1-0), Chemelil Sugar 2-0 and drawing 1-1 with Thika United.Ernest Wendo has been named the May Player of the Month.Photo/COURTESYUlinzi Stars talisman Stephen Waruru, Tusker FC veteran goal keeper Duncan Ochieng and Nakumatt FC forward Kepha Aswani joined Wendo in making the final shortlist.Wendo emerged the winner with 23 votes cast by a seven member SJAK Football Commission panel to receive Sh100, 000, a 49-inch LG smart television and a trophy while Sh50, 000 was awarded to the team.Tusker’s Ochieng was second with 20 votes, Aswani got 19 while Waruru garnered 18 votes.Ochieng made it to the nominees list by keeping four clean sheets between the sticks for Tusker in that month while Waruru, winner of April gong scored thrice for th soldiers. Aswani on the other hand netted five times for Nakumatt including two match winners.Gor Mahia’s Ernest Wendo in action during their KPL match against Thika United.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThrough that sterling performance, Wendo, the unsung hero for the record15- time Kenyan Premier League champion earned a call-up to the national football team Harambee Stars.Wendo’s exploits have seen Gor surge to league leadership with a healthy buffer of nine points. Coach Dylan Kerr is focused on leading the team to its 16th title and refuses to get carried away by the lead over Sofapaka.“It is always about winning the next game and that is all I’m preparing my players for. We have three big matches beginning with Tusker this weekend and I have to tune them to only concentrate on one at a time else complacency may set in.” Kerr said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)