courtesy of goal.com
Gor Mahia returned to the top of Kenya Premier League table standings following a hard fought 1-0 victory over Sony Sugar in a match played at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday.
Chemelil Sugar had temporarily taken league leadership on Saturday after edging out Thika United 2-1 at Chemelil Complex. The win now pushes K’Ogalo back to summit on 23 points while Sony Sugar are ninth after amassing 14 points.
Gor Mahia were the better side from the first whistle and deserved to go ahead after a number of missed chances through Ugandan Dan Sserunkuma.
The sugar millers under former Gor Mahia player Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, should have taken the lead after five minutes but top scorer Edwin Oduor’s goal was ruled for offside after being put through by Marwa Chamberi.
Gor Mahia started to threaten after the scare with Erick Ochieng’ and Dan Sserunkuma combining well and forced a corner whose resultant kick was cleared off the line.
On resumption, Sony looked more dangerous on counter attacks with Chamberi twice coming close. The sugar millers’ efforts to attack, were however, thwarted after they were reduced to ten men in 68th minute when Eugine Ochieng’ was shown straight red for a foul on Erick Ochieng’.
From the resultant free-kick delivered by Anthony ‘Teddy’ Akumu, the ball hit the post and rebounded back only to land in the feet of Sserunkuma, who struck home.
The goal however, did not dumpen Sony from attacking and coach ‘Zico’ Otieno injected new blood into the squad bringing in John Semegunyi for Marwa Chamberi. The sugar millers then rested Victor Ochieng’ for Victor Ademba.
Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson also introduced Shaban Kenga for Rama Salim and in 84th minute they squandred another chance to go 2-0 up after goalkeeper Lukas Indeche saved a well taken free-kick from Godfrey Walusimbi.
K’Ogalo coach Bobby Williamson was satisfied with the outcome despite blaming Sony Sugar of applying defensive tactics. “Sony Sugar wanted a draw because they tried to restrict us from playing our flowing game.
“It was a matter of when to get them on counter attack because they resorted to a more defensive game than attacking. I am though satisfied because the win takes us back to the top.”