Gor Mahia were held to their second draw of the 2015 Kenya Premier League by a Sofapaka side that came determined to get a draw.
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Gor Mahia was held to a goal-less draw by a resilient Sofapaka in a Kenyan Premier League match played on Sunday 19 April at the Nairobi City Stadium.
Gor was the stronger side from the start getting two quick chances early in the match but Michael Olunga failed to capitalize on the opportunities; his shot on the 2nd minute hit the cross bar and on the fifth minute his low drive was easily saved by Sofapaka goalkeeper David Okelo, on the other end Kevin Omondi and Enock Agwanda had two half chances but they shot wide off target.
The first half was marred by clumsy challenges which saw three Batoto Ba Mungu players; Willis Ouma, Kevin Omondi and Maurice Odipo getting booked while Gor had Karim Nizigiyimana and Khalid Aucho booked for bad tackles as well.
There were no goals in the first half as the two sides left for a breather with Gor arguably the better of the two sides.
Sofapaka made early changes in the second half; Kevin Omondi was hauled off for Eli Asieche while the visibly ineffective Erastus Mwaniki was replaced by Danson Kago as Timbe looked to inject more fire power into his side.
Michael Olunga missed a glorious chance to give Gor the lead on the 61st minute failing to tap in Meddie Kagere’s inviting pass from the right with the ball rolling out for a goal kick.
The match was halted for some minutes with a quarter an hour to go after Fiston Abdoul Razak was hit by an object from the crowd which was not pleased by the referee’s decision to book Dikir Glay in an scuffle with Fiston in which the Liberian appeared to have been fouled by the Burundian only for referee Raphael Nduati to book both players.
Play resumed afterwards and Michael Olunga had a great chance to give the champions the lead but he shot directly at David Okello who easily saved to help his side pick a point in the match.
Starting XI :23. Bonface Oluoch. 5. Musa Mohamed. 14. Karim Nizigiyimana. 3. Abouba Sibomana. 29. Innocent Wafula. (89’ Timothy Otieno) 30. Ali Abondo. 26. Dirkir Glay. 22. Meddie Kagere. 6. Collins Okoth. 19. Michael Olunga. 10. Khalid Aucho.
Unused subs: 1. Jerim Onyango. 7. Ronald Otieno. 18. Harun Shakava. 25. George Odhiambo. 17. Eric Ochieng. 20. Ernest Wendo.