Posted by Ronald N. Ngala
Gor Mahia playing with a different outfit from the one which did duty at Nyayo National stadium last Saturday exhibited a much more better football at Oserian grounds despite going down to a solitary but controversial goal scored at the 70th minute by, however, very lively former Thika United player Stepehen Waruru. Signs of good football was seen in the early minutes of play when the new signing in the name of Antony Akumu showed a lot of good control and maturity at the midfield, this kind of command is what the team lacked last weekend and in the continued absence of Peter Opiyo, Gor Mahia Technical bench seems to have found the correct alternative.
If what ever was witnessed at Oserian grounds is any measure of good football, then fans are in for an exiting encounter on Wednesday when Gor Mahia will take on last year’s runners up Mathare United in a mid week supersports-live-coverage match at Nyayo National stadium as from 6pm.
Back to the goal and what seems now to be the weakest point of, however, KPL’s good management, refereeing is now becoming a phenomenon and if not checked in good time, teams are likely not to get enough returns despite putting together huge resources to prepare for the fixtures. Stephen Waruru scored from a seemly clear off side position and the second assistant referee Stephen Oduor had his flag down. This will remind Gor Mahia of the suspect calls made by the Center referee Vernatius Were during their match against Western Stima whereby the team was robbed of two clear scoring opportunities in each half.
George Odhiambo failed to put his name in the score sheet in the 82nd minute after dazzling run in the box after being put through by Ibrahim Kitawi. Solomon Nasio could have made it 1-1 at the 87th minute when he tapped high in front of yawning net after receiving a fine a cross from Kevin Omondi who had dogged all the defenders with a run from the left wing just at the edge of the box.
Jerim Onyango, Julius Owino, Andrew Ongwae, Musa Mohamed, Francis Akang’o, Antony Akumu, Solomon Nasio (John Kiplang’at), Elisha Ochieno (Duncan Owiti), George Odhiambo and Ibrahim Kitawi.
Gor Mahia and Western Stima played out a lively 0-0 draw as both teams greeted this season’s Kenyan Premier League, yesterday at the Nyayo National Stadium
Gor Mahia lost a chance in the 75th minute when Baldwin Ngwa was brought down in the box by Dan Omondi. Ngwa took the resulting penalty and shot directly into the waiting hands of the keeper
It was football of first class this morning at Nairobi’s City stadium when Gor Mahia met Liberty Academy on a friendly match whereby a total of nine goals were scored. Liberty Academy which toured Ghana last month and narrowly lost 1-2 to AFC Leopards last week found the going extremely tough against a seemingly fluid and relaxed Gor Mahia outfit. Francis Ochola opened the flood gate of goals in 15th minute of play by driving a low shot from inside the box which beat the goalkeeper all the way. Baldwin Ngwa added the second one through a spectacularly taken over head kick inside the box which hit the bottom of the cross bar before crossing the line in the 29th minute. Tonny Onyango headed home an Andrew Ongwae’s cross in the 34th minute before Baldwin Ngwa rapped up the first half root with a low shot after being put through by Zablon Otieno in the 43rd minute.
Technical Director Zedekia Otieno, who was keenly watching his boys while at the bench, introduced an entire new outfit for the second half. It took George Odhiambo only 17 minutes of play to head home the fifth goal at 62nd minute after a well taken free kick just out side the box by Duncan Makori. At 66th minute Peter Mugambi pulled one goal back after a goalmouth melee before Kevin Omondi made it six at 78th minute through fierce drive from the penalty area following a perfect return ball from George Odhiambo. John Kiplang’at scored a brace in the 87th and stoppage time after being put through by Robert Onyango and Ibrahim Kitawi respectively.
Liberty coach Jacob Ghost Mulei had very few words for Gor Mahia. He confessed that the club has very good bench power.
Ronald N. Ngala.
Gor Mahia lost 3-1 to a more fancied El-Mereikh side in a fast paced international friendly match played at Moi International sports centre Kasarani today. New signing Duncan Makori shook the net in the 22nd minute before the visitors equalised through a clinically taken through pass in the 38th minute. Second half was more entertaining with speed after El-Mereikh brought in an entire new outfit which gave the young and inexperienced Gor Mahia charges hard time in terms of marking. It was not until 62nd minute when their Nigerian import outpaced Gor Mahia back line to drive home the second goal. The Nigerian became an instant tormentor to the defence earning the visitors a penalty in the 71st minute which was easily slotted home passed Jerim Onyango who otherwise had a good day between the post. El-Mereikh who will be heading to Ethiopia to meet St. Georges in African Champions league will have another build up match against Mathare United on Friday 5th before taking on Sofapaka on Monday 8th then winding up their camping in Kenya with a match against Tusker on Thursday 11th.
Meanwhile their coach confessed that the team they played was a better one compared to the outfit they hammered 5-0 at Nyayo National stadium a year ago. He reiterated that with time its a team to go places.
Gor Mahia – Jerim Onyango, Solomon Nasio(Elisha Ochieno), Eric Masika, Francis Akango(Isaac Okoth), Musa Mohamed,Robert Onyango, Anthony Akumu, Ibrahim Kitawi(Zablon Otieno), Duncan Makori (Brian Osumba), John Kiplangat(George Odhiambo), Kevin Omondi (Baldwin Ngwa).