Gor Mahia beat Re-Union 3-0 in a friendly encounter at the City stadium on Saturday. The match was geared towards giving Gor Mahia players some match practice during an idle week.
Itubu Imbem scored the match opener on 44 minutes. George Midenyo scored the second in the 63rd minute and Edwin Lavatsa sealed the score in the 70th minute.
It was an opportunity for players like Kasaya and Yusuf Juma to play their way into the starting lineup. Musa Mohammed and Yusuf Juma in particular gave a good account of themselves.
Gor Mahia Lineup
Wycliffe Kasaya, Musa Mohammed, Yusuf Juma, David Owino, Dan Mosoti (Ivan Anguyo), Oscar Mbugua, Nicholas Auma (Edwin Lavatsa), Kevin Omondi (Rama Salim), Kevin Ochieng (Anthony Gaucho Gathu), Itubu Imbem, George Midenyo
The match also geared as part of Re-Union’s grand comeback. Re-Union which was disbanded about 5 years ago is seeking a comeback to the top tier league. Founded in 1957, it is the oldest club in Kenya and was a permanent fixture in the league for many years.
Kenya’s first Vice President Oginga Odinga was amongst the founding fathers of the team in 1957 then known as Luo Union. The team was at the peak of its powers in the Mid 197os. At this time the rivalry between Gor Mahia and Luo Union was just as fierce as that between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards then known as Abaluhya FC.
Luo Union won the league in 1975 and went on to win te CECAFA cup in 1976 and 1977 boasting a superb squad that included William Ouma “Chege” who was the Dennis Oliech of that era as well as heading specialist Charles Ochieng, Edward Kiiza and the free scoring Agonda Lukio who was twice top scorer in the CECAFA cup.
In the 1980s and 90s, Re-Union was an important feeder club for Gor Mahia. Many Gor Mahia players from that era first made a name for themselves at Re-Union, before joining Kogalo, players like Swaleh Ochieng, Tirus Omondi, and later Mathew Ottamax, Tom Okaya and Eric Obura.
This column wishes Re-Union all the best in their bid to return to the top league