Gor Mahia edged a SoNy Sugar side that was determined to make amends for their 1-5 loss to AFC Leopards. The final score was 1-0 in favour of Kogalo. The all important goal came from a direct free kick by Ali Abondo.
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Ali ‘Teargas’ Abondo made the big difference curving home a beauty from outside the box as K’Ogalo edged past sugar millers to extend leadership
Despite arriving in Awendo eleven hours to kick-off, Gor Mahia maintained their unbeaten start to the season after seeing off Sony Sugar 1-0 in a league match played at a waterlogged Stadium on Wednesday.
Ali ‘Teargas’ Abondo thundered home the all important from a well curved free-kick in 57th minute to stretch K’Ogalo’s lead at the top of the 16-team table to seven points. Gor Mahia now have 26 points while second placed Thika United have collected seventeen.
The defending champions settled as early as the second minute with in-form Michael Olunga hitting a fierce shot which went agonizingly wide but acted as a reminder for ‘Zico’s men, who suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat in the hands of AFC Leopards during previous fixture.
Despite trying hard to get the composure, the home side could not match the visitors’ tempo in first quarter of the game and the former brewer went close again in 13th minute but failed to connect a fine pass. Sony slowly came back into the game and resorted to ball possession in a game which was dictated by heavy down pour that rendered the pitch unplayable.
The hosts would have gone ahead in the 24th minute when Vincent Ouma hit the outside of the goal post with Boniface Oluoch well beaten. Both teams struggled to control the ball effectively in a pitch which was flooded and resorted to long balls which were not effective as defenders sort to clearance on the first touch.
At the break, it was even with fans looking disappointed by lack of goals, while the hosts felt lucky for not conceding in the first half. After the break, the fourteen times premier league champions looked optimistic and they were more comfortable with neat passes at the center of the pack which clearly showed they did not miss services of their hard tackling midfielder Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth, who sat out due to a bout of malaria.
The Green Army got their breakthrough in 57th minute when Ali Abondo curled home a free-kick past desperate Jairus Adira to give the visitors a lead, after a foul just outside the 18-yard box. It was a goal they needed to gain their confidence and Olunga could have doubled the advantage but his shot hit the post in the 70th minute.
‘Zico’s men looked lost in the final minutes as K’ogalo launched attack after attack orchestrated by Khalid Aucho but they could not penetrate the former’s defense, who decided to pack the bus and avoid conceding more goals. It is the eighth win for Gor Mahia as they extend their lead on top of the table to 26 points while Sony suffered their second defeat in a row to remain eighth with fourteen points.