A double from Jacque Tuyisenge put Gor Mahia’s 2018-2019 aspirations back on track.
Additional reporting from the Nation
Gor Mahia bounced back from a disappointing week with a deserved 2-0 win over Sony Sugar in a midweek SportPea Premier League match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Wednesday.
Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge struck a goal in each half to guide Hassan Oktay’s charges to the win.
But it was the sugar millers who looked hungrier for early goals when they took the game to Gor’s half.
Barely two minutes into the game, the visitors had already won themselves a corner but Daniel Otieno’s effort went begging.
Moments later, Tobias Otieno had his first direct attempt in front of the goal just outside the box but his shot sailed over the cross bar.
Gor’s speedy striker Nicholas Kipkirui raced with the ball on the right wing in the sixth minute, evaded a tackle from his marker, dribble into the box but his powerful shot was only good for the side netting.
Gor took the lead on 11 minutes after Tuiyisenge fired home from a Sammy Onyango cross.
Kenneth Muguna should have doubled their advantage on 21 minutes but his rasping shot from the edge of the box was stopped by Sony custodian Kevin Omondi.
Sony head coach Patrick Odhiambo brought in Ronald Otieno and rested Ambrose Ayoyi before the break.
There was drama during the half time break after centre referee George Mwai was accosted by Gor team manager Jolawi Obondo, who blocked his way as he walked to dressing room accusing him of denying Gor a goal after Sammy Onyango’s corner kick was deflected by a Sony defender into his own net.
The security officers at the venue moved in quickly and cooled the tempers. Tuyisenge would then complete his brace 20 minutes from time with a thumping header from Boniface Omindi’s superb cross.
Omondi put in a man-of-the-match performance in this tie.\
OLIECH JOINS THE FRAY
Oktay introduced Francis Kahata, Dennis Oliech and Benard Ondiek for Sammy Onyango, Tuyisenge and Lawrence Juma late on.
“This game we played for 60 minutes only as we had a lot of sideshows outside and inside the pitch. My boys were intimidated and the referee failed to protect them. The officiating was also poor,” said Sony coach Odhiambo.
Oktay said he was happy with the result after a terrible week.
“We created many chances and failed to convert them last week but against Sony we made sure the few chances we created we made good use of them,” said coach Oktay.