Gor Mahia returned to their winning ways when they beat Ushuru 2-0 at Nyayo stadium. And the win came against the backdrop of players staging a go-slow to demand payment of salary and bonus arrears. Players had initially staged a sit-in and it was not clear whether they whether they would eventually take to the field.
But when Gor Mahia eventually took to the field, they immediately took command of the game. Barely a minute into the game, Michael Olunga met a cross from Meddie Kagere but his header crashed against the post with the Ushuru goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo left hapless.
In the 6th minute, Geoffrey Walusimbi picked up a pass from Ali Abondo. But his effort was foiled by Richard Mboyi. The Ushuru custodian was kept busy having to pull off saves from Sibomana and Meddie Kagere.
But the deadlock was finally broken in the 31st minute when Michael Olunga intercepted a pass from David Otieno. The latter was attempting to pass the ball back to his goalkeeper. But he mistimed his pass. Olunga pounced and scored. Gor Mahia went into the breather leading 1-0.
When the second half started, Gor Mahia picked up where they left off. The duo of Kagere and Olunga combined once again resulting in Olunga setting up Kagere to score the second goal in the 46th minute.
With Gor Mahia taking a 2-0 lead, Ushuru started make desperate attempts to come back into the game. Ushuru’s best attempt came in the 70th minute when Hussein Mohamed sent a fierce shot towards the Gor Mahia goal. Boniface Oluoch was forced to dive and parry the shot.
Ushuru continued to pile the pressure and Collins Okoth “Gattusso” was cautioned by the referee for a rough tackle. Second half sub, Evans Kiwanuka gave Gor Mahia some fearful moments. First he hit the crossbar with a fierce header then minutes later he forced Boniface Oluoch into yet another save.
Gor Mahia were able to maintain a clean sheet in large part due to Boniface Oluoch’s heroics.
Starting Line-up: Bonface Oluoch – Musa Mohammed – Karim Nizigiyimana – Abouba Sibomana – Harun Shakava – Ali Abondo – Meddie Kagere – Collins Okoth – Michael Olunga (Innocent Wafula 87’)- Khalid Aucho (Eric Ochieng 90’) – Godfrey Walusimbi
Unused Subs: Jerim Onyango – Ronald Otieno – Bernard Odhiambo- -Ernest Wendo – Timothy Otieno