Gor Mahia’s match to a third succesive crown was slowed down when they were held by a relegation candidates Nakuru All Stars 1-1.
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K’Ogalo squandered a chance to stretch lead at the top of Kenyan Premier League table as they managed a draw against struggling Nakuru All Stars
Gor Mahia were held to a 1-1 draw by Nakuru All Stars in a Kenyan Premier League match played at Nyayo Stadium on Wednesday.
Despite the draw, K’Ogalo still maintained their unbeaten record and also remained on top of the log and destined to another league title this season. Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall, who returned to the dug outs after missing the match against Nairobi City Stars, blamed his charges for a slow start.
“We started poorly in this match and despite going ahead…we never looked aggressive going forward. All Stars also gave their best and deserved a point in this fixture.”
Josephat Oyugi broke the deadlock in the first minute when his unsuccessful clearance attempt ended with the defender planting the ball into his own net by trying to thwart Michael Olunga’s efforts at the goal. Second half substitute , who had come in for Titus Achesa, scored leveller with a bicycle-kick in the 69th minute for a share of the spoils.
The on fire Olunga’s bid of doubling the score in the 23rd minute had his rasping shot deflected off for a corner after good tee up from George Odhiambo. Karim Nizigiyimana and Enock Agwanda were forced to see their chances go to waste late on in the half for Gor Mahia to lead 1-0 at the break.
the sinking Stars were at the end of a 5 goal hammering by Gor Mahia in the first leg and returned to the same venue where they threw away a three goal lead last Friday to draw 3-3 with Sofapaka. Cash strapped Nakuru All Stars borrowed a leaf from Muhoroni Youth, who have twice relocated their home matches to Nairobi in order to cash in on the diehard Gor Mahia city supporters.
The game was initially scheduled for Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, the home of Nakuru All Stars before maverick Nakuru chairman Robert Muthomi fell for the allure of six digit figures from gate collections.