Gor Mahia had to fight back from a goal down and were on the verge of settling for another 2-2 draw before a late goal by Charles Momanyi rescued all three points for Kogalo. Ivorian Ephrem Guikan grabbed a brace.
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Former Kakamega Homeboyz defender Charles Momanyi returned to haunt his former employers as he grabbed the winning goal to give Gor Mahia a 3-2 win in their Kenyan Premier League match at the Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega on Wednesday.
The hosts had taken the lead through Ali Ahmed before the champions pulled levelled through Ivorian striker Ephraim Guikan on the stroke of half time.
Guikan gave K’Ogalo the lead in the second half but veteran striker Allan Wanga restored parity for the hosts before Momanyi struck the winner 10 minutes to the end.
The win sees Gor extend their lead at the top of the table to 30 points, five clear of second-placed Ulinzi Stars.
The 16-time league winners now switch their attention to Sunday’s friendly match against English Championship side Hull City before welcoming Algeria’s USM Alger in their second Confederation Cup match three days later.
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr praised his charges never-say attitude.
“The victory was good but we need to kill off matches earlier to avoid these late dramas,” he noted.
His opposite number, Mike Mururi said he would work on rectifying the mistakes that cost his side.
“We took a deserved lead but the boys lost focus later on and this something we need to address going forward,” he observed.
Kerr made changes from the side that drew 1-1 away to Rwandese side Rayon Sports last Sunday with lead strikers Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge both dropping to the bench.
The visitors dominated early proceedings but it was the hosts that created the game’s first chance on five minutes as Wanga drew a fine save from Gor keeper Shaban Odhoji.
Wanga alongside his strike partner Hassan Kikoyo linked up well upfront constantly putting pressure on the Gor defence.
The hosts took the lead after 31 minutes as midfielder Ahmed fired past Odhoji after he was put through by Moses Mudavadi.
Gor however ensured that the teams went into the break level as Guikan finished off Boniface Omondi’s pass.
On resumption, Gor, who are yet to beaten this in the league this season, controlled proceedings and eventually went ahead as Guikan reacted first on a loose ball on the edge of the Homeboyz box to fire past David Juma on 54 minutes.
However, the hosts would hit back as Wanga headed home in the 65th minute to restore parity. Gor would have the last laugh as Momanyi popped up to punish his former side and hand Gor the three points.