An injury time penalty conversion by skipper Julius “Awilo” Owino gave Kogalo a hard fought point against Tusker. The penalty came about following a foul by Jockins Atudo on Duncan Owiti.
Earlier on, rookie sensation, Paul Were had given Tusker the lead when he beat Jerim Onyango in the Gor Mahia goal with a rising shot.
Gor Mahia piled on the pressure as Tusker resorted to time wasting tactics. Both Kevin Omondi and George “Blackberry” Odhiambo came close. The introduction of Duncan Owiti brought more fireworks to the Kogalo forwardline and resulted in the penalty which was converted by Awilo much to the relief and celebration of the die hard fans.
GOR MAHIA were held to a 1-1 draw by resurgent RED BERETS FC at AFRAHA stadium Nakuru on Saturday.
In a match played under a heavy downpour, Kogalo got the break through HARAMBEE STARS marksman George Odhiambo who beat Berets keeper Wycliffe kasaya with a 25 yard curler.
Dickson Ojwang’-defender turned striker rewarded red berrets with a deserved equalizer in the 34th minute when he capitalized on a slip by the Gor Mahia defence.
Berets could have won the game in injury time but Ojwangs’ shot hit the goal post. They also had a goal disallowed in the dying moments of the game by by referee silvester musonye.
Midfield maestro Peter Opiyo who made a splash last season for both Kogalo and for the national team is back in the country after trials with Super Sport of South Africa. The Pretoria based team is currently in the midst of a succesful Africa champions league campaign. Past players include current Bafana Bafana midfielder Teko Modise. Despite being unable to break into Super Sport Opiyo seems to be in high spirits and eager to rejoin his former team mates. Opiyo had previously attended trials with Fortuna Dusseldorf of the German second tier.In general it is much more difficult for a Kenyan player to break into bigger leagues. To begin with, the perception amongst foreign teams is that Kenya football is dysfunctional and has corrupt leadership and therefore cannot produce good footballers. As such Kenyans who attend trials have an uphill task. It is not helped by the fact that Kenya lacks sound youth development.
Should Opiyo gel with the current team, Kogalo could be in for a successful run. Opiyo was after all a pivotal player as Gor Mahia embarked on a successful second leg last season. And the club will need him as this season is appearing tougher with even bottom clubs proving to be tough.
Opiyo with Yuki of Japan who was also on trials at Fortuna
Playing perhaps their best game of the season, Gor Mahia overcame Posta Rangers 1-0. In front of their partisan fans, many clad in the new club jerseys, the Kogalo youngstars did not dissapoint.
The all important goal came in the 10th minute via George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo. It was his second of the season. After a patchy start, Blackberry seems to be regaining last seasons form. The match also signalled the return of Camerounian Baldwin Ngwa who came on as a second half substitute and played an excellent game. Also returning was dependable full back, Chris Wekesa.
Matchwise, Gor Mahia dominated the first half. In the second half they faced a torrent of pressure. Kogalo fans will be thankful to keeper Jerim Onyango and the Kogalo defence for staving off the mailmen.
Gor Mahia are now perched in fourth position which will likely change after Sunday’s matches. Next up is Red Berets whom Kogalo will confront at Afraha stadium.
Mahakama coach Sammy Omollo, himself a former Gor Mahia player and coach as well as current Gor Mahia coach Gideon Ochieng credited the Kogalo faithful aka the 12th man with playing a key role in the win over Mahakama on Saturday
Its refreshing to see that after all these years, the club still commands a faithful and passionate following. Despite the sub par performance last weekend, fans showed up in large numbers to cheer on Kogalo. Many of them were clad in club jerseys which are now available for sale. Indeed despite the fact that the fact is not scaling the heights of yesteryear, a core set of fans has continued to root on the club and is even more passionate and chorusey than it was in the nineties.
Three second half goals by Duncan Owiti (2) and George Odhiambo were enough to see Kogalo through with a 3-1 victory over Mahakama at the city stadium.
It was the best performance by Gor Mahia this season against a tough opponent coached by former Gor Mahia player and coach Sammy Omollo. Having been unceremoniously fired by a mean spirited club official 2 seasons ago, Omollo would have relished a revenge win over his former club. But it was not to be as the Gor Mahia forward-line put Mahakama to the sword ina dramatic second half.
Duncan Owiti justified his elevation to the starting line up by scoring two poachers goals: the first one came when he headed home a left wing cross from Makori. His second came when he scrambled the ball home from a goalmouth melee. George Odhiambo, last years sensation finally found the back of the net for the first time this season when he scored the second goal.