Gor Mahia kept up their title hopes by beating Mathare United 2-1 on Sunday at Kasarani
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Gor Mahia reduced Tusker’s lead at the helm of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table to four points after beating Mathare United 2-1 at the Moi Kasarani Stadium on Sunday 30 October to keep their title hopes alive with two matches to go.
Francis Kahata opened the scoring in the first half with a long range effort that beat Robert Mboya on Mathare United goal before Jacques Tuyisenge ended a 12-match goal drought with a powerful header in the second half. Chrispinus Oduor headed home a consolation goal for Mathare United with ten minutes to go.
The first chance of the game fell to Mathare United in the first minute of the match when Eric Johanna had a cracker towards goal but his attempt missed the target by inches; he had another unsuccessful attempt minutes later.
Gor Mahia slowly took control of the game With George Odhaimbo, Eric Ouma and Godfrey Walusimbi running the show. Ouma had two dangerous crosses into the Mathare United penalty area cleared by the Slum Boys defense as they surged forward in search of the opening goal.
Out of the run of play, Francis Kahata gave Gor Mahia the lead in the 19th minute. The midfielder cut in from the right flank before unleashing an unstoppable shot that Robert Mboya could only parry onto his own net.
The reigning continued pressing in search of a second goal. George Odhaimbo and Godfrey Walusimbi had long range efforts but they couldn’t just hit the target. They took a one goal lead to the break.
Mathare upped their tempo after the break in search of an equalizing goal. Boniface Oluoch did well to deny Robison Kamura from a free-kick after the defender had beaten Gor Mahia’s wall with a well curved free-kick.
At the hour mark, Jacques Tuyisenge made it 2-0 for Gor Mahia, the Rwandan international powered home a Karim Nizigiyimana cross from the right flank to double Gor Mahia’s lead and end his 12-match goal drought. Despite having a two goal buffer, Gor did not relent and continue pressing in search of more goals, Tuyisenge nearly got his second but Mboya did well to deny him.
Chrispinus Oduor ensured a nervy ending for Gor Mahia when he headed home a Harrison Mwendwa cross in the 81st minute but the reigning KPL champs held on to pick maximum points.