courtesy of michezoafrika.com
Gor Mahia got back to business in the Kenyan Premier League with a 2-1 win over Karuturi Sports in a match played at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Rama Salim from the spot and Edwin Lavatsa’s second half goal gifted Gor the win despite a late goal from Karuturi’s Mohamed Mwachiponi.
The home side started the match faster off the blocks as they dictated play, swinging passes comfortably. Just seven minutes into the match, they had already scored but John Kiplagat’s goal was ruled offside. Kiplagat had tapped in from a rebound after Mohammed Mwachiponi’s ferocious freekick had been spilled by Jerry Onyango.
Just three minutes later, Hussein Zzinda’s rasping shot was beautifully tipped over by Jerry Onyango for a corner. Zzinda had struck a beauty on the volley but Onyango’s reflex was on point.
Gor slowly came back into the match and they started taking over possession from their hosts. They had a great chance to open the scores in the 21st minute but Edwin Lavatsa squandered the opportunity. New boy Paul Odhiambo had laid up a pass to him, but Lavatsa over dribbled trying to go past the keeper losing the ball when it was easier to tap in and score.
Ultimately, K’Ogalo got the opener in the 37th minute through Rama Salim who converted from 12 yards. Another new bo Erick Oching had picked up the ball on the left after Karuturi’s defense poorly defended a corner, dribbling into the box but was hacked with referee Richard Obare pointing straight to the spot.
The goal instilled confidence into Gor and they started playing with less pressure. Rama should have hit a brace just five minutes later, with superb predictive instincts cutting out an intended back pass from Andrew Mbwabi to his keeper. However, Rama over-dribbled again trying to beat keeper Mike Wanyika and he ended up losing the ball when he should have crossed into the box.
Gor had been forced into an early first half sub after Solomon Nasio went out injured following an awkward fall when he had gone for an aerial ball. He had to be rushed to the hospital after trying to get back to action despite bleeding.
Second half was no different as Gor Mahia chose to dictate play. Danny Sserunkuma was brought in for Innocent Mutiso and he added pressure upfront. Ten minutes into the half, he almost punished Karuturi for poor defending, Mbwabi trying to head back the ball to his keeper, but the keeper mistimed it though was fortunate Sserunkuma’s shot went wide.
In the 65th minute, Karuturi had a chance to level the scores but Jerry Onyango managed a superb save to deny John Kiplagat from a well taken freekick.
Gor finally got both feet on the lead in the 73rd minute when substitute Mungai Kiongera cut back a cross from the left, keeper Wanyika failed to parry it away and Lavatsa tasked with simply tapping it into an empty net.
Karuturi would not give up and fight on, and they eventually got the goal, Mwachipopni taping from close range from a Hussein Zzinda corner. The win now takes Gor Mahia to third place with 21 points and they will be playing against league leaders Thika United on Wednesday in Nairobi.