Gor Mahia edge Vihiga United 1-0

A 44th minute strike by Nicholas Kipkirui gave Gor Mahia a 1-0 win over Vihiga United at Bukhungu stadium on Wednesday.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia warmed up for the upcoming Mashemeji Derby against eternal rivals AFC Leopards with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Vihiga United in a midweek SportPesa Premier League match at Bukhungu Stadium on Wednesday.

Nicholas Kipkirui’s 44th minute header was all champions Gor Mahia needed to see-off a determined Vihiga side in Kakamega.

The former Zoo Kericho forward headed home Samuel Onyango’s pin-point cross to give K’Ogalothe lead at the stroke of half-time and the champions held on for the win.

The win, coming three days after Gor shocked Egyptian giants Zamalek 4-2 in their opening Caf Confederation Cup Group D match on Sunday, saw Gor move three places into third place in the league standings.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay bemoaned his side’s profligacy in front of goal.

“We played against a very stubborn side in their own backyard but the result is. There are areas I feel should be improved on as we go into our next fixtures,” he said.

Vihiga tactician Mike Mururi blamed his misfiring forward line for the loss.

“They did not co-ordinate well,” he said.

Gor Mahia dictated the proceedings right from the start and could have grabbed the lead five minutes into the match when Jacques Tuyisenge’s shot in the box hit the woodwork.

Referee Lucas Odhiambo awarded Vihiga a free-kick after Charles Momanyi fouled Kevin Muhanji on the edge of the box but Chris Masinza shot straight at goalkeeper Boniface Olouch before Harun Shakava saw his headed effort miss the target on the other end from Ernest Wendo’s delivery.

With both sides seemingly headed for the breather level, Samuel Onyango picked Kipkirui with a perfect cross inside the danger zone and the former Zoo Kericho man made no mistake from close range.

After the breather, both teams upped the tempo. Vihiga could have equalised on 47 minutes but Amos Kigadi failed to beat Olouch in Gor’s post.

Oktay introduced Dennis Oliech for Kipkirui in the second, while Mike Isabwa replaced injured Victor Ademba for Vihiga on 35 minutes.

29 thoughts on “Gor Mahia edge Vihiga United 1-0

  1. We are celebrating victory here.but this is being selfish.remember we have the negative energy branch who are by now tightlipped.The question is when will they also have opportunity to celebrate.Solution is simple.Oktay must go.He is the reason for the current predicament of the negative energy branch.Gor mahia cant do without negative energy.we wasting this group and so Oktay must go.

    1. Hehe they are in limbo now gnashing their teeth wondering Alas what is? Why is GM not losing so we can bash everyone left right and center. To add insult to injury their preferred team Afc is going to the relegation spot very soon after we break them on Saturday

    1. Guys, each time you unleash brickbats at shadowy characters like Jakoyo , it is there joy because it is only then that they can show their sponsors proof of the tremendous suffering they are receiving for pushing their destructive agenda .
      Guys like those are so desperate as to worry about personal embarrasment.
      A guy who can commit blasphemy by referring to a mere mortal like Rachier with a title only reserved for God is not somebody we should continue wasting time on but even then even the sponsors dont have unlimited patience , case in point being the gigantic boot that AR gave Jakoyo that landed him on the waiting arms of a Rachier detractor

  2. The squad did it. We were aiming for a clean sheet as Vihiga are draw masters. Muguna and Batambuze also came close and we should have won 3-0. We are happy for the win and motivation of going 3rd on the log. Our main aim is to finish first leg Top of the Log where we belong. Sorry ingwe have been thrashed 2-1 by Mt Kenya a rather rude welcome for Casa Mbungo my friend and Efusi’s third coach in 3 months a contender fact for the Guiness Book of World Records. Saturday we will pile more misery sending them to the relegation play-off spot. Then their disguised fans here calling themselves our players etc will wait for a chance to disburse negative energy here at the slightest opportunity. Meanwhile fare thee well Karim Nizigiyimana my all time favorite fullback two who has joined Innocent Wafula at Vipers SC Uganda today…Best of luck

  3. The belief is back! There is light at the end of the tunnel. Gini wanyalo kawo kendo!!! Meanwhile jakoyo, gor pchietha and ingo are in agony because Gor is winning. Sorry to them.So sad that ingwe is once again battling to avoid relegation, anyway another three points on Saturday, huruma kando sisi apanatambua.

  4. @Joods, having the stupidity to sustain negative energy is not easy , if in doubt ask the likes of Gor player or Ja-whatever , even a nightrunner has to go for marathon jogs
    and speed drills just incase the run is disrupted .
    Is it wrong or unpatriotic to sympathise with Afc ? -Just asking , but even if , let the sympathy be after the coming derby genocide .

    1. @Teddy actually it is very humane and sportsman like to sympathize with ingwe. The problem is the constant mockery their disguised fans cause us here through masquerading antics spreading negative energy. Let us annihilate them on saturday lest we hear every sort of barbs here. We shall wiish them all the best in games to follow thereafter…

  5. Omera my standards are very high…. And in as much as Oktay earned my respect with the resounding zamalek win, it’s not all over. We have to see to it that he delivers CAF quarter final to cement his place in the folklore. Respect is earbed

  6. Great news!

    Let’s keep the momentum and confidence high by not faltering at the kpl front!

    With the same momentum, we can go very far on the continental front!

  7. Dinga wanted a 1 – 0 win and the boys delivered. We just thank God for that.

    This is what Mururi said before the match: ““I have told my players that Gor is just like any other team which can be beaten,” Mururi said….. Well, I don’t what he is saying now.

    Once again I say thank you J’Asego for ‘insurbodinating the coach’. I would rather have you ‘insurbodinating’ than adopt a hands off approach that sees us losing matches that we ought not lose.

    1. @BB hehe owadwa gor fans are very hard to please but we love them all the same. We were almost back to running battles due to poor squad selection and overlooking talented players who were languishing in the bench resulting in throwing tantrums and near player revolt. If my ‘insurbodinating oktay’ solved that and steadied the K’Ogalo ship then that is what must be done until we achieve all our seasons targets…We thank God above all else for our recent fine run and all players…TB and EC plus the green army faithful…..@Jamriambo in kure Osiepa?

      1. Jasego I hope you will not make Godfrey ochieng and ogweno passengers in Gor mahia and they came with alot of morale to play for Gor mahia and help as win matches. These are very talented players and should never be demoralized by being passengers.

          1. Michael Ogolo Geoffrey Ochieng will get playtime as will many others. Bernard Ondiek is also getting frustrated. We have a very big squad even rotating still has some being perennially on the bench but i shall continue trying to get all even Young Lokuwam a chance…

  8. Bravo GM.@jasego ulisleki, you knew Guikan was leaving why didn’t you guys move with speed to replace him with that Togolese or was Senegalese striker that you were talking about.Am happy for the team & especially boni & shaks who always abused whenever they err as if they are supposed to be perfect, super humans.

    1. Levelmind i think we take abit of time with that foreign slot ndio tulete impact player mwenye atafunga hiyo shimo inatusumbua midfield especially box to box. Ule striker Folly Klan hatukufika bei plus by then guikan was still undecided trying to push aone kama angeshika number 9 first choice. We take time then next transfer tufanye mambo…

      1. Kudos, @Jasego. At times the way we admonish our own players is CRUDE, very CRUDE. I only see that on the ingwe wall. Are our players supposed to be super humans? Imagine if you were the one being discussed like we do on this forum.
        Anyway, when is the next transfer season? March?

        I am happy with our performance though the depth of the squad with the departure of Mieno and Guikan has left us a bit depleted.

  9. did any one noticed how jakoyo tried to comment twice but he ended up mispeling some words.i think he is trembling with rage thats why he cannot maintain his english”high standard” i like it when gor player “afc” anakula nyasi

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