Ten man Gor Mahia fought gallantly to hold league leaders AFC Leopards to a scoreless draw. Gor Mahia were reduced to 10 men when Ali Abondo was given his marching orders by the center referee for a tackle on Amon Muchiri. The match had to be stopped for several minutes due to crowd trouble when fans unhappy at the red card caused fracas.
All in all it was a balanced match. Kevin Omondi was lively throoughout the match and may be slowly returning to top form. It was his run in the 5th minute tha resulted in a free kick which Rama Salim curved goalward for Patrick Matasi to punch outside for a fruitless corner.
The performance of the Gor Mahia defense was an improvement as they held Allan Wanga and the marauding Jimmy Bageya at bay for most of the game. Omondi continued to give the AFC defense fits as his mazy run in the 26th minute forced a save from Matasi in the AFC goal. Wycliff Kasaya in goal also gave a good account of himself. In the 33rd minute he was forced into a spectacular save from a Jimmy Bageya shot.
Rama Salim limped off injured and was replaced by John Kiplagat. Kitawi was replaced by Ali Abondo and Moses Odhiambo came in for Midenyo. The game was finally balanced until the 66th minute when Abondo was sent off for a high boot on Muchiri. Gor Mahia fans reacted badly. Some started to leave while others caused fracas. Players appealed to the fans for calm. The game was finally resumed after 15 minutes.
For the rest of the game, Kogalo fought gamely to contain AFC who had a one man advantage. Kevin Omondi, still lively made another un in the 88th minute before being fouled. The resulting freekick was taken by Moses Odhiambo whose low shot went wide.
Gor Mahia :Wycliffe Kasaya, Musa Mohammed, David Owino, Musa Mohammed, Anthony Akumu, Christopher Wekesah, Moses Otieno, Rama Saim,Kevin Omondi, George Midenyo, Ibrahim Kitawi
Subs: Jerim Onyango, Yusuf Juma, Ivan Anguyo, Demonde Selenga, Moses Odhiambo, John Kiplagat,Victor Ali.
AFC Leopards:Patrick Matasi, Edwin Wafula, Amon Muchiri, Eric Masika, Jonas Nahimana, Martin Imbalmbala,Jimmy Bageya, Bernard Mangoli, Allan Wanga, Salim Kinje,Victor Ochieng,
Subs:Barnabas Tiema, Robert Syongo, Laurent Tumba, Mike Barasa,Charles Okwemba, Oscar Kadenge and Augustine Etemesi.