Gor Mahia started the 2015 KPL season on a bright note beating Mathare United 4-2. Returnee Ali Abondo has been in fine scoring form since he returned. It was he who fired Gor Mahia in front early when a Mathare defender ended up in a mixup with his goalkeeper leaving Abondo with an easy task to put Gor Mahia ahead.
Mathare equalized via a Noah Abich penalty after defender Haron Shakava was adjudged to have committed a foul.
On the stroke of half time, Michael Olunga sent Gor Mahia fans into raptures when he reclaimed the lead for Gor Mahia by heading home a free-kick taken by Rwandese new signing Abouba Sibomana.
But Stubborn Mathare kept coming back and equalized. Once again it was Noah Abich who scored to tie the scores at two, this time via a free kick.
Gor Mahia pushed forward in search of a third goal. The addition of Meddie Kagere added impetus to Gor Mahia. The Rwandese striker was impressive in his official debut. Their efforts were rewarded when once again Ali Abondo placed himself in the right place at the right time to score from a Godfrey Walusimbi cross. Michael Olunga sealed the score in the 79th minute following a pass from the impressive Kagere.
Olunga will be happy to have finally lived up to expectations and repayed the faith that coach Nuttall put in him. Ali Abondo appears much more focused than he was when he last played for Gor Mahia. His movement off the ball is good. In midfield Khalid Aucho tried but was overworked especially when Harrison Mwendwa came on. He gave the Gor Mahia rear-guard plenty to worry about. Aucho will welcome the return of Collins Okoth who is likely serving a suspension.
All in all a good start for Gor Mahia which rarely scores four goals. The forwardline which looked blunt during pre-season is starting to gain a measure of cohesion. There is still plenty of work for Nuttall to do before the team hits top form.
Gor Mahia Starting XI
Bonface Oluoch – Musa Mohamed – Karim Nizigiyimana- Abouba Sibomana – Godfrey Walusimbi – Khalid Aucho – Harun Shakava – Ronald Otieno ( 86’ Simon Pierre) – Ali Abondo – George Odhiambo ( 60’ Meddie Kagere) – Michael Olunga (80’ Timothy Otieno)
Jerim Onyango – Israel Emuge – Timothy Otieno – Kevin Oluoch – Eric Ochieng.
Mathare United Starting X1: Robert Mboya – David Mwangi – Noah Abich – Edgar Ochieng – George Owino – Vincent Okello – Roy Samba – Whyvone Isuza, (53’ Harrison Mwendwa ) – Eric Johanna (82’ Duke Abuya,) – Daniel Mwaura – Edwin Ombasa
Unused Subs: Charles Ouma – Robinson Mwangi – Eliakim Nyaga – Alphonce Ndoye – Eric Mmata.