courtesy of futaa.com
KCB have overtaken Nairobi City Stars on the Kenyan Premier League [KPL] standings after holding Gor Mahia to a barren draw in their Thursday afternoon encounter at the Nyayo National Stadium.
It was an end to end game as both sides enjoyed control of the match and possession at various points of it in both the first and the second half respectively.
Gor Mahia started as the better side though with Timothy Otieno heading wide from close range from a Godfrey Walusimbi corner in the second minute.
David Calabar Owino then launched a quick break but Samuel Mwangi was quick to react and intercept the counter, Musa Mohammed however relaunched the attack on the right but the resultant shot went wide.
KCB then attacked for their first chance in the 10th minute but John Odhiambo’s cross to Benjamin Chaka was headed off the mark. Walusimbi then blew his corner off the mark in the 15th minute.
Daniel Onyango then looped the ball to Timothy Otieno but the former Talanta forward lost footing in attack. Kiongera then capitalized on the blunder and attacked for KCB’s first real threat but his cross towards goal could not reach Raymond Murugi in time.
Timothy Otieno then wasted two glorious chances towards the halftime mark with only the keeper to beat after Sserunkuma had done all the donkey work. He was nearly punished after Musana’s cross found Paul Kiongera who combined well with Benjamin Chaka but the resultant shot went wide.
The introduction of Simon Mburu early in the second half for Blackberry Odhiambo seemed to have worked as Gor won more ball in the midfield and attacked with more vigour.
Kizito’s attempt to find Timothy Otieno was fruitless in the 50th minute as the ball was headed away by Kevin Omondi. Kiongera then launched the first counter attack for KCB in the second half but Jerim was quick to react from the resultant one on one with the lanky striker.
Sserunkuma then lost an open chance from a one on one but Zachary Onyango produced a good reflex to save the day for KCB in the 60th minute. He then missed from yet another one on one after Mburu picked him out but Onyango punched it back to play.
KCB turned the tide against Gor with Murugi partnering well with Paul Mungaui who is headed to Simba SC in Tanzania but the eventual cross to Chaka was too long and was cleared by Musa Mohammed.
Patrick Onyango Oboya who had been introduced for Timothy Otieno then headed inches wide from the near post in the dying minutes of the match before he was caught by the offside trap a minute later in yet another attack.
Sserunkuma then missed the best chance of the second half after beating the KCB defence and drilling his shot inches wide with only the keeper to beat.
The draw leaves Gor Mahia at the peak of the standings while KCB piles pressure on Nairobi City Stars as the relegation battle gets heated even further.
KCB: Starting XI: 22. Zachary Onyango (GK), 13. Bethuel Warambo, 30 John Odhiambo, 27 Mark Odhiambo, 21 Kevin Omondi [c], 12 Tirus Omondi, 3 Ronald Musana [Kassim Mohammed], 8 Sula Bagala[17 John Macharia, 86′], 24. Ray Murugi, 5 Mungai Kiongera, 11 Benjamin Chaka [10 Samuel Mwangi 90+2′]
Unused Subs: 1 Sammy Okinda (GK), 18 Abbas Kiwaalabye, 14 Michael Oyando, 9. Chrispinus Onyango, 15 Peter Wainaina
GOR: Starting IX: 1 Fredrick Onyango (GK),5. Musa Mohammed 18 Harun Shakava, 15 David Owino, 2 Godfrey Walusimbi, 3 Geoffrey Kizito, 10. Daniel Onyango, 6 Collins Okoth, 25. George Odhiambo [7. Simon Mburu 46′], 8 Timothy Otieno [30. Patrick Oboya 77′] 8 Dan Sserunkuma