The freight train that Is Gor Mahia was temporarily slowed down by Nakumatt at Machakos stadium. Kogalo were held 2-2. The goals came from Ephrem Guikan(32) and Boniface Omondi(72)
Additional reporting from the Nation
Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan’s 34th minute opener was cancelled out by Joe Waithira goal on 64 minutes before Boniface Omondi restored Gor’s lead in the 72nd minute.
Substitute Jacob Faina struck at the death to draw Nakumatt level, leaving Gor Mahia fans that had turned up for the match stunned.
However, it was the return of Burundian right back Karim Nizigiyimana after almost eight months out nursing an injury that eclipsed the proceedings on the pitch, after he replaced birthday boy Kevin “Ade” Omondi with six minutes to go.
The draw, which was Gor’s fifth in 22 league matches this term, leaves the champions 16 points clear of second-placed Sofapaka while Nakumatt now have 29 points after 25 matches.
The travel-weary Gor have three games in the next seven days against Bandari (Tuesday), Posta Rangers (Friday) and Chemelil Sugar (Sunday) while Nakumatt visit AFC Leopards.
“It’s hard luck, we did everything we could to get a win in vain, we keep the focus heading into the next match,” said Gor midfielder Philemon Otieno, who was handed the armband in the absence of skipper Harun Shakava.
Nakumatt coach Medo Melis hailed his charges for their fighting spirit.
“We deserved to win, tactically both teams were superb and we lost a lot of scoring chances in the first half. We need to work on our finishing,” said the Egyptian-born American.
Gor Mahia XI: Shaban Odhoji, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Joash Onyango, Wesley Onguso, Bonface Omondi, Samuel Onyango, Lawrence Juma, Philemon Otieno, Kevin Omondi and Ephrem Guikan.
Subs: Francis Mustafa, Fredrick Odhiambo (GK), Eliud Lokuwam, Bernard Ondiek, Raphael Osudi, Cercidy Okeyo and Karim Nizigiyimana.