Kogalo have clearly put aside their Africa cup debacle. They continued their good run on Monday, beating Ulinzi Stars 2-1. It was a refreshing win for Gor Mahia given that this is the team that benefited from a dubious penalty just last week. The goals came from Erisa Sekisambu and Samuel Onyango.
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Samuel Onyango came off the bench to notch what proved to be the winner as Gor Mahia registered a 2-1 win over hosts Ulinzi Stars in a Kenyan Premier League clash staged at the Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium on Monday 29 April.
Just as they did in the reverse fixture, Gor Mahia was the first to take the lead through Erissa Ssekisambu in less than 30 seconds. The Ugandan heading in a floated ball by Francis Mustafa past goalkeeper James Saruni.
In a rain-soaked pitch, Gor Mahia came raiding again in the tenth minute through Mustafa after a quick counter. The Burundian was to be stopped off his track by Boniface Okinyi who was to earn a yellow card for his troubles.
Mustafa was to see his shot veer of the target narrowly in the 14th minute after being laid by Nicholas Kipkurui. On the other end, a confusion between Joakim Oluoch and keeper Shaban Odhoji almost gifted Ulinzi an equalizer after the duo misjudged a cut back by Brian Birgen but Joash Onyango was at the right place to clear the ball to safety with Omar Boorafya having arrived to make a tap.
The lively Kipkurui was to be fouled more than twice by defender Harun Mwale and with the referee having warned the latter enough, he was to pick his yellow card in the 43rd minute for another foul on the Gor Mahia winger; Ssekisambu goal separating the two teams heading into the break.
Hashim Sempala was to come close for Gor Mahia on the earlier proceedings of the socks half with Ulinzi throwing in John Njuguna and Ezekiel Okare for Omar Boraafya and Wamalwa respectively.
They were to get the equalizer in the 76th minute through Enosh Ochieng but Samuel Onyango who had started the match on the bench was to haunt his former employers four minutes from time.
Ulinzi Stars Starting XI: James Saruni (GK), Brian Birgen, George Omondi, Bonaventure Muchika, Harun Mwale, Boniface Okinyi, Ibrahim Shambi, Omar Boraafya(John Njuguna), Elvis Nandwa, Enosh Ochieng, Oscar Wamalwa (Ezekiel Okare)
Unused Subs: Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Mohamed Hassan, Boniface Andayi, Bernard Ongoma, Churchill Muloma.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji (GK), Wellington Ochieng, Shafik Batambuze , Joash Onyango, Joachim Oluoch, Ernest Wendo, Bernard Omondi, Hashim Sempala, Francis Mustafa, Erisa Ssekisambu, Nicholas Kipkirui
Unused Subs*: Frederick Odhiambo (GK), Geoffrey Ochieng, Pascal Ogweno, Bernard Ondiek, Samuel Onyango, Jacques Tuyisenge, Dennis Oliech