28 Feb 10
Posted by Ronald N. Ngala
Gor Mahia playing with a different outfit from the one which did duty at Nyayo National stadium last Saturday exhibited a much more better football at Oserian grounds despite going down to a solitary but controversial goal scored at the 70th minute by, however, very lively formerplayer Stepehen Waruru. Signs of good football was seen in the early minutes of play when the new signing in the name of Antony Akumu showed a lot of good control and maturity at the midfield, this kind of command is what the team lacked last weekend and in the continued absence of Peter Opiyo, Gor Mahia Technical bench seems to have found the correct alternative.
If what ever was witnessed at Oserian grounds is any measure of good football, then fans are in for an exiting encounter on Wednesday when Gor Mahia will take on last year’s runners upin a mid week supersports-live-coverage match at Nyayo National stadium as from 6pm.
Back to the goal and what seems now to be the weakest point of, however, KPL’s good management, refereeing is now becoming a phenomenon and if not checked in good time, teams are likely not to get enough returns despite putting together huge resources to prepare for the fixtures. Stephen Waruru scored from a seemly clear off side position and the second assistant referee Stephen Oduor had his flag down. This will remind Gor Mahia of the suspect calls made by the Center referee Vernatius Were during their match against Western Stima whereby the team was robbed of two clear scoring opportunities in each half.
George Odhiambo failed to put his name in the score sheet in the 82nd minute after dazzling run in the box after being put through by Ibrahim Kitawi. Solomon Nasio could have made it 1-1 at the 87th minute when he tapped high in front of yawning net after receiving a fine a cross from Kevin Omondi who had dogged all the defenders with a run from the left wing just at the edge of the box.
Jerim Onyango, Julius Owino, Andrew Ongwae, Musa Mohamed, Francis Akang’o, Antony Akumu, Solomon Nasio (John Kiplang’at), Elisha Ochieno (Duncan Owiti), George Odhiambo and Ibrahim Kitawi.