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KPL Top 8 champions Gor Mahia extended their unbeaten run to 13 with a 2-2 draw against hosts Mathare United in a lively KPL match played at Nyayo Stadium on Friday night and graced by Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Francis Ouma and Andrew Tololwa capitalized on poor defending to give Mathare the lead but Sserunkuma hit a brace to secure a point for Gor.
Both teams took about time to settle and it was Gor Mahia who announced their intent first through Moses Odhiambo who run well on the left flank but his final shot ended in a goal kick. Two minutes later he would try a long pass that ended up in Mathare keeper Martin Musalia’s gloves.Gor Keeper Jerim Onyango was then forced to make a timely intervention to prevent Francis Ouma from connecting to a long pass. Gor replied with a quick counter but Mathare defended well to neutralize the threat.
In the 16th minute, a long ball to Francis Ouma had Gor defender Donald Mosoti beaten then Ouma let I bounce before easily slipping it past keeper Jerim Onyango for the first goal of the match.Gor Mahia then managed to string cool passes but the final kick by Dan Sserunkuma header easily collected by Martin Musalia. Rama Salim also failed in his bid to redirect a corner in the 23rd minute.
In the 37th minute, Mathare United capitalized on another clumsy defending. Andrew Tololwa had an easy time tapping into an open net after Francis Ouma did great to overwork Jerim Onyango from a long ball forward thus forcing him to spill . A minute later Francis Ouma who was a thorn in Gor defense made another good run then sent a cross but Okello blasted wide with only the keeper to beat.
Gor Mahia coach then decided to change tact by bringing in Kevin Omondi for Donald Mosoti. The move paid off immediately as Omondi would supply supply the assist that allowed Sserunkuma pull one back in the 37th minute.The Ugandan beat three defenders and Mathare keeper to score.
With the crowd back to their rhythm ,Gor Mahia had a good spell. Sserunkuma laid a nice pass to Rama Salim but keeper Musalia intercepted. A minute later it was Rama Salim’s turn to return the favor to Sserunkuma but again Musalia was the stumbling block.
Dennis Nzomo shot wide after Ouma redirected into play a free kick by John Odhiambo just before the referee blew the half time whistle.
Gor Mahia came into the second period breathing fire. Rama Salim sent a nice pass to Kevin Omondi whose powerful shot never troubled keeper Musalia. Rama Salim would be ruled offside seconds later after making another inroad into Mathare’s danger area.
In the 55th minute, Mathare United won a free kick .David Okello executed the it but keeper Jerim Onyango managed to block the low shot. Mathare United’s Simon Mburu followed up by exposing Gor Mahia’s fragile defense when he raced well on the left flank then sent a cross to Ouma but a timely intervention by Gor defender meant the move ended in a corner.The following chance fell to Tololwa who would have netted a brace had his good effort aimed at the top corner not missed narrowly.
Ugandan Sserunkuma then beat his marker again to put the score line level in the 70th minute for his 10th goal of the season to clode the night’s scoring chapter.
Both keepers were then forced into fine saves. Musalia stopped a free kick then Jerim Onyango came off his line to clear the danger from an advancing Francis Ouma.
Eight minutes to the end Andrew Tololwa ‘s lack of composure led to a squandered opportunity as Mathare United poured forward in search of the winning goal. Ouma then beat Jerim Onyango but he lost ground while sending a cross to an unmarked Jesse Were. Mathare also won a late free kick after a handball but again Okello’s powerful kick went out for a goal kick.
The result mean’s Mathare United has not lost a game to Gor Mahia since 2009.Gor Mahia now has 34 points,10 adrift of leaders AFC Leopards while Mathare United has 27 points.
Mathare United: Martin Musalia, Athman Buki, John Odhiambo, Lloyd Wahome, Antony Kimani, Dennis Nzomo(Kevin Omondi), Tyrus Omondi, Vincent Okello, Simon Mburu (Jesse Were), Francis Ouma, Andrew Tololwa( Daniel Mwaura)
Unused Subs; Malcom Barnaba, Kelvin Odongo, Kennedy Omogi, Gabriel Nduro,
Gor Mahia:Jerry Onyango, Solomon Nasio(Imbem Itubu), David Owino, Donald Mosoti(Kelvin Omondi 37), Ivan Anguyo, Joseph Njuguna, Teddy AKumu, Ali Abondo(Lavatsa Edwin), Moses Odhiambo, Rama Salim, Dan Sserunkuma
Unused Subs; Ivo Mapunda, Musa Mohammed, Moses Otieno, Chris Wekesa