Gor Mahia started their 2017 league campaign with a convincing 3-1 win over newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks. The match was played at Thika Municipal stadium. Goals came from Harun Shakava, Kenneth Mugiraneza and Jacque Tuyisenge.
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The hosts Sharks got the game going with Ibrahim Kitawi twice coming close to give his side the lead with just three minutes gone after a good work from Ovella Ochieng on the left flank. Godfrey Walusimbi later shot wide from the left before Timothy Otieno collided with goalkeeper Robert Mboya inside the box with Gor Mahia dominating ball possession. Pascal Ogweno would come to Sharks’ rescue after Kitawi was dispossessed by Kenneth Muguna. With twelve minutes gone, Sharks got its first corner of the game which Osborne Monday took but Gor Mahia defense was on its toes. With the Green Army knocking, the moment came in the 16th minute when Harun Shakava headed a corner ball into an empty net with Robert Mboya out of position. Duke Abuya later saw his long range shot go wide. Gor Mahia got a corner that Kenneth Muguna took picking Karim Nzigiyimana who shot just inches wide and a second goal would come for K’ogalo when new signing Mugiranza easily tapped in the ball after Godfrey Walusimbi’s shot was punched out by Mboya.
The second half started with Sharks making its first change; Sven Yidah in, Michael Omondi out before Gor Mahia got a free kick that Timothy Otieno headed wide. Timothy Otieno also made it 3-0 when he intercepted a pass but he was ruled for handling the ball. The 15-time champions continued to press but Sharks proved a difficult to break as Muluya made another change, Rodgers Omondi out, Sven Yidah in before Ernest Wendo got into the referee’s book after a challenge on Yidah. Sharks escaped Karim’s wrath after Pascal Ogweno saved his hard hit shot off the line with the game becoming hotly contested as both teams displayed frustrations that saw Timothy Otieno be booked for elbowing Yidah and Sharks making last change of the game; Ibrahim Kitawi out, Mathew Odongo in.
With the clock ticking Gor Mahia made the first change; Ernest Wendo out, Francis Kahata in and two minutes later there was another change from the visitors; Timothy Otieno out, Meddie Kagere in. Sharks had a chance to slice the lead but goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch made a two time save to keep his side on the merited position. With two minutes remaining, put the game beyond reach after Walusimbi’s cut back on the right found Tuyisenge who back heeled the ball into the net
Kariobangi Sharks starting Xl: Robert Mboya, Bolton Omwenga, Pascal Ongweno, Wycliffe Otieno, Michael Bodo [Sydney Yidah], Osborne Monday, Patilla Omoto, Ibrahim Kitawi [Mathew Odongo], Ovella Ochieng, Duke Abuya, Rodgers Omondi [Mike Misigo]
Unused subs: Jeff Oyemba, Geoffrey Shiveka, Stephen Odhiambo, Elli Asieche
Gor Mahia starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Harun Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Wellington Ochieng, Karim Nziyigimana, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ernest Wendo [Francis Kahata], Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, Kenneth Muguna, Jacques Tuysenge, Timothy Otieno [Meddie Kagere]
Unused subs: Peter Odhiambo, Philemon Otieno, George Odhaimbo, Oliver Maloba Amos Nondi