Gor Mahia alumni key in famous Harambee stars draw

Kenya held Egypt 1-1 in Cairo in the opener of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. It marks the first time Kenya has left Cairo with anything other than a loss. Cairo is a venue where Kenya typically loses by 3 4 and sometimes 5 goals.

The goal that tied the game was scored by former Gor Mahia ace Michael Olunga. The pass that led to Olunga’s goal came from former Gor Mahia U-19 player Cliff Nyakeya.

Three current Gor Mahia players saw action: Joash Onyango, Kenneth Muguna, Lawrence Juma. Also in action was former Gor Mahia full back Eric Ouma.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Harambee Stars on Thursday displayed one of their finest performances in recent times to hold hosts Egypt to a one-all draw in both teams’ opening Group G match of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Alexandria.

The Pharaohs were missing Liverpool attacker Mohammed Salah and Pyramids playmaker Abdullah El-Said, but still scored the opening goal via Mahmoud Kahraba moments to the break.

But the Kenyans fought back gallantly in the second stanza and their efforts were repaid via a swift equaliser from Michael Oluinga with 20 minutes of the match left to play.

Despite off-the-field challenges in the Kenyan camp that dominated the build-up to this game, the visitors were as good as the seven-time African champions in an eventful opening stanza at a yawning El Borg stadium.

Stars coach Francis Kimanzi was forced to make substitutions in the opening half hour as key players Patrick Matasi and Ayub Timbe were stretchered off injured and replaced by Ian Otieno and Cliff Nyakeya respectively.

Kenya initially struggled to contain the sleek passing Egyptian midfield marshalled by Aston Villa winger Mohamed Trezeguet with the able assistance from Tarek Ahmed and Ahmed Fathi.

OLUNGA EQUALISER

After 14 minutes, Fathi brought down Ayub Timbe down the left-hand side at the time the speedy winger was lurking towards goal. The China-based attacker took the resultant free-kick, but to failed to trouble goalkeeper Mohammed El Shenaway.

Moments later, Otieno had to be alert to save Mohamed Abdel Mondem’s shot at the edge of the area.

Then Kenya got her first real breakthrough as the skilful Timbe dribbled through the opponents defence while beating three markers in the process. But his shot from point black range was easily gathered by El Shenaway.

Moments later, Kahraba reacted quickest to pounce on a feeble back pass from Gor Mahia midfielder Lawrence Juma. Sensing danger, Otieno rushed off his goal to avert the danger and got to the ball first.

But the keeper’s clearance came off the Zamalek midfielder’s shin, and the attacker was left with the easiest of jobs of tapping the ball in an empty net.

The equaliser came after Nyakeya appeared to chase a lost cause, but still struggled to retrieve the ball from a defender’s leg and pass it over to Olunga, while he was still on his backside.

Olunga accepted the challenge and finished swiftly with his left foot.

Stars are expected back home on Saturday ahead of their next match in this competition versus Togo at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Monday. In the other pool match, hosts Togo fell 1-0 at home to Comoros.

Kenya Line-Up: Patrick Matasi (Ian Otieno), Samuel Olwande, Joseph Okumu, Joash Onyango, Eric Ouma, Victor Wanyama, Eric Johanna; Lawrence Juma, Johanna Omollo (Kenneth Muguna), Ayub Timbe (Cliff Nyakeya), Michael Olunga

Muguna: We were fatigued in the first half

Gor Mahia skipper Kenneth Muguna says that the team experienced fatigue which resulted in their slow start againsty arch rivals AFC Leopards last Sunday.

“We have not had time to rest since our away match against DC Motema Pembe in the Caf Confederation Cup play-offs,” Muguna told goal.com.

“It was for that reason we started on a low note; in the entire first half we did not play, but we stepped up after the break and managed to win the game.

The creative midfielder says the win is a morale booster for the team as they pursue the goal of winning the league this season.

“The win is very important for us because it takes us to the top of the table and gives us confidence.” said Muguna

The only good thing that comes out of being eliminated from continental football is that Kogalo can now focus on the domestic scene. And Muguna knows that the club cannot take their foot off the accelerator pedal.

“We want to win [the league], it has been our objective every season but right now it is important to play one game at a time. It is going to be tough because we have the likes of Tusker, Sofapaka, and Bandari fighting for the same but we are determined to give our best,” Muguna concluded.

Meanwhile AFC coach Casa Mbungo, who refused to speak to reporters after the match, finallt got around to doing so. He rejects the idea that Gor Mahia are better.

” Gor Mahia are not at a higher level than AFC Leopards it is only the experience they have got especially from various competitions they have been which have given them the edge over us,” he said to goal.com

Mbungo says that poor marking cost his team

“We lost the game in the second half and that was due to poor concentration and poor marking. After going down by two goals I decided to take the risk and introduced attacking players at the expense of defenders but, unfortunately, it did not work,”

Gor Mahia will now travel to Tripoli

The venue for the match between Gor Mahia and Al Ahli of Libya has now been moved to Tripoli.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack has named a 20-man squad for the international friendly match against Libyan giants Al Ahli Tripoli on Saturday.

K’Ogalo are scheduled to fly to Libya via Cairo on Tuesday morning. According to a reliable source, the friendly was initially planned for Alexandria but has been moved to Tripoli following approval of the match venue by Confederation of African Football (Caf).

Tanzanian David Mapigano as well as Harambee Stars trio of Joash Onyango, Lawrence Juma and Kenneth Muguna will miss the trip due to national team assignments.

SQUAD

Fredrick Odhiambo, Patrick Otieno, Richdonald Bolo, Charles Momanyi, Joachim Oluoch, Clifton Miheso, Tobais Otieno, Francis Afriyie, Geoffrey Okoth, Ernest Wendo, Nicholas Kipkirui, Gnamien Yikpe, Dickson Ambundo, Dennis Oalo, Boniface Oluoch, Bernard Ondiek, Alphonse Omija, Elvis Ronack, Boniface Omondi

Give Polack stability and he can work wonders

Polack has worked in a difficult environment. Give him stability and he will deliver trophies

Gor Mahia coach Steve Polack was a happy man after Gor Mahia’s 4-1 demolition of arch rivals AFC Leopards. It marked the first time either team has scored four goals since 1975 when Gor Mahia hammered their rivals, then known as Abaluhya FC 5-1.

“I’m over the moon. It is unbelievable after a scrappy first half, we ended up winning. I’m really proud of my players. They showed the true character of a champion. The half-time pep-talk won it for us,” said a delighted Polack.

Polack showed yet again that he knows how to get the best out of his players. Gor Mahia were below par in the first half and Polack read them the riot act at halftime.

“Honestly speaking, in the first half, we were very poor, we were very awful and we did not deserve to come out 0-0,” Polack told goal.com.

“But when we went into the dressing room, I challenged my players to bring out what they were hiding in the first half. I shouted at them, I was almost throwing bottles at them and I guess it worked for us.

“It was a good display in the second half as we controlled the match from the first whistle. The half-time talk proved the difference because I sensed the style AFC Leopards were playing and asked my players to try another route, put the ball down and avoid long balls.” he continued

The stellar second half display shows that given a modicum of stability, Polack can get the best out of his players. He has shown this before.

Polack arrived right before the first leg against Aigles of Burundi. Many coaches would have sat the match out. Polack took charge immediately. He studied his opponents and come the second leg, Kogalo destroyed the Burundian side 5-1.

Airing bad news

Things have not been rosy at Kogalo this season. And Polack has not been shy about airing the bad news. For one thing Polack had to make do with a limited number of players. Key players like Yikpe, Miheso and Afiriyie were not registered for continental football.

” I said earlier, when you have things which are disturbing you mentally it doesn’t help, like having only 16 fit players and we have three goalkeepers and it means you have 14 players to play, and when you ask me if I don’t have enough players to play in several positions whom I am supposed to play?” posed Polack.

Imagine having a player available in local matches but not available for continental football. This makes it difficult to test your game plan in real game situations.

Polack has had to deal with players going AWOL. Joash Onyango and Kenneth Muguna went missing before the match against Motema Pembe while the entire team boycotted training before the match against Mathare.

Yet Polack continues to keep the club afloat. Give him a stable playing unit and he can take the club into the stratosphere.

Fans don’t want to hear bad news?

Gor Mahia went through an entire week that was nothing but bad news. from being eliminated from continental football, to losing their unbeaten record, unpaid wages and former players predicting doom and gloom.

Coach Polack was not shy about discussing the problems but neither was this blog. One blogger actually asked this author to stop posting negative stories. But sweeping bad news under the carpet doesn’t solve the problem. If the players still can’t pay their bills due to unpaid wages. As such they may not be in the right frame of mind.

In fact they were clearly not in the right frame of mind in the derby until Polack read them the riot act at halftime.

Don’t get carried away

The 4-1 against their rivals could lead fans to think that all the problems facing the club have been washed away. In reality the club EC must continue to work diligently to ensure that the playing unit is motivated. The fans must also do their part even if it means contributing directly to the club. Chairman Rachier can increase fan participation by enhancing transparency.

Yikpe with a virtuoso performance

Not much had been seen of the towering Ivorian Yikpe Gnamien since he arrived. Fans had been waiting with bated breath to see what the towering Ivorian was capable. Some fans had written him off, declaring that the foreign signings have been a let down.

But his commanding performance against Ingwe must have silenced any naysayers.

First his powerful header nearly decapitated the Ingwe defender who tried the goal line save with his head. Legendary heading specialist Peter Dawo would have been proud. That header was similar to the first one he scored against AS Dragons of Benin in 1987.

Then Yikpe initiated his second goal by fending off a both a defender and the touchline. Then he found Miheso with a precise pass. Miheso in turn squared back to The Ivorian who scored with a clinical finish.

His celebration was one of raw emotion as if he was saying that all his efforts have finally paid off.

“I am very happy for the player, He works very hard in training and it was good for him to open his account. He has always deserved to score and today [Sunday] it was his day, I am very happy for him.” said coach Polack about the Ivorian.

Yikpe is a baller. The fans will need to play their part in helping Gor Mahia fend off the advances of our Dar es Salaam neighbours.

Class all around

It was a total team effort. No player deserves more ecredit than the others. But some moments from this match will be seared in the memory of fans.

Firstly Miheso’s rocket that resulted in the 3rd goal. It left the Ingwe goalkeeper hapless. This after his sublime pass to Yikpe had resulted in the second goal.

Then came the 4th goal. Boniface Omondi sold a dummy the Ingwe defender chasing shadows. He then sent a precise pass to wide open Lawrence Juma who made no mistake.

Gor Mahia coach Steve Polack was a happy man after Gor Mahia’s 4-1 demolition of arch rivals AFC Leopards. It marked the first time either team has scored four goals since 1975 when Gor Mahia hammered their rivals, then known as Abaluhya FC 5-1.

“I’m over the moon. It is unbelievable after a scrappy first half, we ended up winning. I’m really proud of my players. They showed the true character of a champion. The half-time pep-talk won it for us,” said a delighted Polack.

Polack showed yet again that he knows how to get the best out of his players. Gor Mahia were below par in the first half and Polack read them the riot act at halftime.

“Honestly speaking, in the first half, we were very poor, we were very awful and we did not deserve to come out 0-0,” Polack told goal.com.

“But when we went into the dressing room, I challenged my players to bring out what they were hiding in the first half. I shouted at them, I was almost throwing bottles at them and I guess it worked for us.

“It was a good display in the second half as we controlled the match from the first whistle. The half-time talk proved the difference because I sensed the style AFC Leopards were playing and asked my players to try another route, put the ball down and avoid long balls.” he continued

The stellar second half display shows that given a modicum of stability, Polack can get the best out of his players. He has shown this before.

Polack arrived right before the first leg against Aigles of Burundi. Many coaches would have sat the match out. Polack took charge immediately. He studied his opponents and come the second leg, Kogalo destroyed the Burundian side 5-1.

Polack in Bujumbura

Airing bad news

Things have not been rosy at Kogalo this season. And Polack has not been shy about airing the bad news. For one thing Polack had to make do with a limited number of players. Key players like Yikpe, Miheso and Afiriyie were not registered for continental football.

I said earlier, when you have things which are disturbing you mentally it doesn’t help, like having only 16 fit players and we have three goalkeepers and it means you have 14 players to play, and when you ask me if I don’t have enough players to play in several positions whom I am supposed to play?” posed Polack.

Imagine having a player available in local matches but not available for continental football. This makes it difficult to test your game plan in real game situations.

Polack has had to deal with players going AWOL. Joash Onyango and Kenneth Muguna went missing before the match against Motema Pembe while the entire team boycotted training before the match against Mathare.

Yet Polack continues to keep the club afloat. Give him a stable playing unit and he can take the club into the stratosphere.

Fans don’t want to hear bad news?

Gor Mahia went through an entire week that was nothing but bad news. from being eliminated from continental football, to losing their unbeaten record, unpaid wages and former players predicting doom and gloom.

Coach Polack was not shy about discussing the problems but neither was this blog. One blogger actually asked this author to stop posting negative stories. But sweeping bad news under the carpet doesn’t solve the problem. If the players still can’t pay their bills due to unpaid wages. As such they may not be in the right frame of mind.

In fact they were clearly not in the right frame of mind in the derby until Polack read them the riot act at halftime.

Don’t get carried away

The 4-1 against their rivals could lead fans to think that all the problems facing the club have been washed away. In reality the club EC must continue to work diligently to ensure that the playing unit is motivated. The fans must also do their part even if it means contributing directly to the club. Chairman Rachier can increase fan participation by enhancing transparency.

Yikpe with a virtuoso performance

Not much had been seen of the towering Ivorian Yikpe Gnamien since he arrived. Fans had been waiting with bated breath to see what the towering Ivorian was capable. Some fans had written him off, declaring that the foreign signings have been a let down.

But his commanding performance against Ingwe must have silenced any naysayers.

First his powerful header nearly decapitated the Ingwe defender who tried the goal line save with his head. Legendary heading specialist Peter Dawo would have been proud. That header was similar to the first one he scored against AS Dragons of Benin in 1987.

Then Yikpe initiated his second goal by fending off a both a defender and the touchline. Then he found Miheso with a precise pass. Miheso in turn squared back to The Ivorian who scored with a clinical finish.

His celebration was one of raw emotion as if he was saying that all his efforts have finally paid off.

“I am very happy for the player, He works very hard in training and it was good for him to open his account. He has always deserved to score and today [Sunday] it was his day, I am very happy for him.” said coach Polack about the Ivorian.

Yikpe is a baller. The fans will need to play their part in helping Gor Mahia fend off the advances of our noisy Dar es Salaam neighbours.

Class all around

It was a total team effort. No player deserves more credit than the others. But some moments from this match will be seared in the memory of fans.

Firstly Miheso’s rocket that resulted in the 3rd goal. It left the Ingwe goalkeeper hapless. This after his sublime pass to Yikpe had resulted in the second goal.

Then came the 4th goal. Boniface Omondi sold a dummy that left the Ingwe defender Kiyegon chasing shadows. He then sent a precise pass to wide open Lawrence Juma who made no mistake.

Another player who earned reviews was Bernard Ondiek who despite being played out of position at full back, acquitted himself well. The full back positions have been problematic for Kogalo especially due to injuries to key players Shafiq Butambuze , Philemon Otieno and now Wellington Ochieng is injured again.

Match Highlights

Gor Mahia hammer AFC Leopards 4-1

Scorer: Lawrence Juma

Gor Mahia were in rampant form in the Mashemeji derby on Sunday. They hammered arch rivals AFC Leopards 4-1. Just when many pundits were starting to write off the Kogalo season, the playing unit proved them wrong. For coach Polack, a big win as he silenced the critics who have been saying he lacks tactical savvy.

Additional reporting from futaa.com

Gislein Yikpe scored a brace as Gor Mahia emerged 4-1 winners over arch-rivals AFC Leopards in the Mashemeji Derby hosted at the MISC Kasarani on Sunday 10 November. 

Leopards had come to the game buoyed by some good result and it was no surprise when they cornered their hosts in the first half.

John Mark Makwatta was to be brought down in the box by defender Joash Onyango but the referee refused to award a penalty in what amazed the entire Leopards bench and fans. They came knocking again in the closing stages of the half after defender Soter Kayumba was to see his header from a corner come off the upright.

Makwatta Threat

The half was to end with another effort from Makwatta being gathered by keeper David Mapigano after some crisp play from the Cassa Mbungo boys. While the first half belonged to Leopards, Gor Mahia had other ideas in the second as their domination started just after the resumption.

They were to make Leopards pay for missing their chances when Gislein Yikpe put them in the lead at the 55th minute. The Ivorian towering above the Leopards defense to power in a header from a Kenneth Muguna corner. The celebration was wild and he was to receive a yellow card for pulling out his shirt.

The Ivory Coast striker was to score his and Gor Mahia’s second ten minutes later after a sumptuous move from the home side. Yikpe was to start a move that ended with Clifton Miheso with the winger beating off a series of players before cutting it back for the striker who tapped the effort past Benjamin Ochan.

Leopards were to react to the setback by bringing on Boniface Mukhekhe for Dennis Sikhayi before withdrawing Hansel Ochieng for Vincent Oburu.

Miheso Goal

Gor Mahia was to bring on Boniface Omondi for Francis Afriyie and minutes later they tripled their lead. A quick counter saw Omondi spring the ball to Miheso with the former Leopards man sending a long ranger shot that beat keeper Ochan at the near post; the player refusing to celebrate his effort as a show of respect to his former employers.

Leopards were to pull a goal back seven minutes from time through Tresor Ndikumana at a time when Gor Mahia had to withdraw Yikpe for Nicholas Kipkirui. Kenneth Muguna was then sent to rest for Joakim Oluoch but the home team was not done yet as Lawrence Juma scored a fourth following some good work from Boniface Omondi down the right.

An additional five minutes was served to enable both sides to make the necessary adjustments on the scoreline but none was able to make any difference in those minutes.

Gor Mahia set to travel to Libya

Gor Mahia are set to travel to Alexandria, Egypt next week. There they will play in a friendly match against Al Ahli Tripoli.

Additional reporting from the Nation

The team is set to leave on Tuesday for Egypt where they will spend a week. Coach Steven Polack says the trip to Egypt is welcome news as it will help the club re-energise in a relaxed atmosphere.

“It has come at the right time. We have the opportunity to train and also relax in a good environment during the international week and that to me is very good. I will miss several players who will be away with the national team but the bigger chunk will be available and that is good,” Polack told Nation Sport.

Al Ahli Tripoli have fully financed Gor Mahia’s trip to Egypt. They are Libya’s second most successful club having won 12 league titles, 6 Libyan Cups and 2 Super Cups.

Gor Mahia were eliminated from the Caf Confederation Cup after going down 3-2 on aggregate to DR Congo’s DC Motema Pembe and now have the Kenyan league title to defend and the domestic cup to fight for.

The Libyan Premier League has been on a recess since April due to political unrest in the country and it is due to this that the friendly will be staged in Alexandria, Egypt.

Polack confident ahead of derby

Muguna was on target in the last mashemeji derby

Gor Mahia will be seeking to put their campaign back in track this Sunday as they take on arch rivals AFC Leopards in the first Mashemeji derby of the 2019-2020 season.

After dispiriting losses to Mathare on Wednesday and to DC Motema Pembe last Sunday, Gor Mahia need a confidence booster. A win in the derby is precisely the medicine that the team and the fan base needs to inject the much needed confidence.

But it will not come easily against AFC who are determined to continue their resurgence. They are also keen to win given that they havent won in this derby since 2016. They sense this as their best chance to break their losing streak

But coach Polack is not concerned.

“I’m not worried about the derby. A good win would have given us confidence going into the match on Sunday but on the flipside, a loss is also a wakeup call – we have to go out there and show people who we are on Sunday,” Polack said to the Nation.

Polack will need to settle and re-energize a playing unit that appeats demoralized. The office will need to find ways to motivate the players as a third succesive loss could prove disastrous. A win in this derby is exactly what Kogalo needs at this point.

Sally Bolo unhappy with ticketing scheme

Chairman Ambrose Rachier announced earlier in the week that the club has abandoned e-ticketing.

“We have noticed a very big drop in revenue collection since we started using it. It is sad that we have never collected more than Sh1 million even in matches which are attended by our fans in numbers,” said Rachier.

“The system was good but its main disadvantage was in the verification process where the club lost a lot of money. Even in the normal matches we ended banking very little money compared to what we collected in the past,” he added.

Club Treasurer Sally Bolo however feels this is backward move. She however urges fans to get tickets in good time and turn out in large numbers to cheer the team.

“Everyone, even the local grocery shop is collecting revenue using digital means and I wonder why Gor Mahia, the biggest club in Kenya, would opt to go back to traditional means of selling tickets. We had tested the system and fans had already embraced it. We even launched a USSD code to ensure even those with fans that cannot access the internet would still purchase their tickets in a simplified process,” she lamented to the Nation.

“For instance the Soweto Derby in South Africa – the tickets are already sold out. We need to embrace change and work on improving our ticketing and the match day experience for the fans,” she added.

Tickets will go on sale on match day at the match venue outside gates 12 and 2, opposite Safari Park Hotel and Gomongo Police Station. This will be the 88th league meeting between the two rivals.

Polack: We were dysfunctional before the game

Gor Mahia coach Steve Polack has blamed the shambolic build up to the match against Mathare for Gor Mahia’s loss. In an interview with goal.com, he stated that there were no training sessions before the match.

“How can you have a last training session and players don’t show up? Yesterday [Tuesday] was very important for us to do the tactics ahead of the match but the players did not show up. I had at least six players who did not start from the last game and the reason we needed to train together for the match.

“Like I said, under the circumstances if we got a draw [against Mathare United], I would be really very happy because of the circumstances but it is not the case because we lost the game and players need to take a look at themselves.

“No player turned out for training yesterday [Tuesday], they just came to for the match, and I am that kind of a coach who doesn’t show people if I am annoyed because I always like to motivate people and the players and something needs to be done urgently if we are to win our next matches.”

On losing the match against the Slum Boys, Polack said: “That is the way it is sometimes in football you cannot win every game, you win some and lose some.

Oliech: Gor Mahia will finish third

Prior to the match against Mathare United, former Gor Mahia striker Dennis Oliech stated that his former club would finish no better than third position.

Additional reporting from Nairobi News.

Former Gor Mahia striker Dennis Oliech believes the current squad is not experienced enough to lift the Kenya Premier League (KPL) title this season.

Oliech, who parted ways with Gor Mahia bitterly due to his absence from training and salary arrears three months ago, now says the club’s failure to qualify for the group stage of Caf Confederation Cup preliminaries is enough evidence that their hard time in the domestic league is beckoning.

“Gor Mahia has started the league in fine form but they have a bad away record hence cannot win KPL this season. The best they can finish is position 3 or 4. They sold many experienced players and the current want needs time to gel,” Oliech said.

Former skipper Harun Shakava, Jacques Tuyisenge, Francis Kahata and Francis Mustafa all left K’Ogalo last season while key players in the frame of Philemon Otieno and Shafiq Batambuze are currently out injured.

Veteran goalkeeper Boniface Omondi has also been relegated to the bench after the signing of Tanzanian David Mapigano.

UNPAID DUES

Oliech further said that he has decided to go slow on his intentions to sue Gor Mahia, saying he is waiting for the club to get a new sponsor then he will demand his dues.

“Court cases on football takes even four years to end but I’m not done with Gor Mahia yet. I sympathize with their financial situation but I will be on them when they have a new sponsor so that I can get my money,” he said.

At the same time, the former Harambee Stars skipper has revealed that he will be available in the January transfer window when he will seek to join either Bandari or Wazito FC.

Gor Mahia go down to Mathare 1-0

Gor Mahia’s unbeaten run in 2019-2020 KPL season has ended. This after they lost 0-1 to Mathare United.

Additional Reporting from futaa.com

Mathare United served Gor Mahia their first defeat of the season in the Kenya Premier League, following a 1-0 win on Wednesday afternoon at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos. 

Gor started the match brightly, but it Mathare who carved out early chances, going close as early as the 13th-minute when a chance fell to captain Chris Oduor, who was unable to put the ball in the back of the net after the Gor keeper had misjudged a cross on the right from Martin Ongori.

David Owino came close to breaking the deadlock twice, and Clifford Alwanga too was culpable of a missed chance. 

David Mapigano was called into action in the 30th minute, denying David Owino from close range.

Francis Afriye thought he had given Gor the lead in the 40th minute, but his effort was ruled out for offside. 

On the stroke of half-time, the defending champions should have taken the lead, but Afriye’s effort was cleared off the line by Owino as they dominated the last minutes of the half. 

Both teams traded blows in the second half as the tie became an end to end contest, even though none of them could find the elusive goal. 

In the 68th minute, James Kinyanjui thought he had finally given his side the lead, but his effort was ruled out for offside. 

With the match seemingly headed for a draw, Daniel Otieno rose highest to power a header past Mapigano from a Kevin Kimani’s perfectly weighted corner kick to give the Slum Boys the lead on the 89th minute. 

Gor Mahia could not level as they suffered their first defeat of the season.