Gor Mahia were held 2-2 by Western Stima in a midweek clash
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Substitute Bernard Ondiek denied Gor Mahia a chance to close the gap to four points with his late equalizer that ensured a 2-2 draw as Gor Mahia and Western Stima faced off in their midweek Kenyan Premier League match played at Nyayo National Stadium.
Godfrey Walusimbi had scored at the 75th minute heading in from an Innocent Wafula’s cross leaving Gor Mahia poised to win the match until Ondiek’s header came in the dying minutes of the game.
Western Stima came into this top of the table clash seeking the first win and first goal from Gor Mahia ever since May 2013 and it was Kenneth Muguna who launched the attack setting up former Gor forward Hubert Kopany who floated in a cross to waiting Kennedy Agogo Otieno. Otieno never disappointed as he sent the ball into the net just before halftime.
It was Gor Mahia who had a strong start and Godfrey Walusimbi was the first player to get a clear cut chance but shot over the post. He later set up Francis Kahata who also missed to find the target from the edge of the box.
First Stima chance
Western Stima later started responding as the 20th minute mark approached but Brian Marita was unable to dribble past Boniface Olouch. Otieno tried his luck but Olouch stood tall once again in goal to deny him. Towards the end of the first half both teams came up strongly but it was Stima’s efforts that paid off first.
Five minutes from halftime, Gor Mahia won a penalty after Jacques Tuyisenge was brought down in the 18 yard box. Enock Agwanda took it and sent Gabriel Andika the wrong way to equalize for Gor Mahia.
Gor Mahia remain second with 45 points, six behind leaders Tusker FC. Western Stima on the other hand are fourth with 41 points from 26 matches.
Gor Mahia Starting XI:
Boniface Oluoch (GK), Wellington Ochieng’, Haron Shakava, Musa Mohammed (Innocent Wafula), Erick Ouma, Anthony Mbugua (Collins Okoth), Francis Kahata, Godfrey Walusimbi, George Odhiambo, Jacques Tuyisenge, Enock Agwanda (Jacob Keli)
Fredrick Onyango (GK), Abouba Sibomana, Amos Nondi, Meddie Kagere
Western Stima Starting XI:
Gabriel Andika [GK], Dennis Sikhayi, Wesley Onguso, Maurice Ojwang, Joash Onyango, (Bernard Ondiek) Fredrick Shimonyo, Brian Marita,Kenneth Muguna, Hubert Kopany, Wesley Kemboi (Raymond Murugi), Kennedy Otieno
Levies Opiyo, Fredrick Nyarombo, Daniel Makachi, Victor Oduor,Kevin Okoth