Gor Mahia’s plans of taking over the league leadership were stifled on Sunday when they surprisingly lost to struggling Mathare United 0-1 at Thika Stadium. It was an unexpected loss since Mathare have been on the receiving end of heavy defeats.
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Former Gor Mahia youth team players Cliff Nyakeya and Derrick Onyango collectively ensured that K’Ogalo walk home bare handed. Onyango was the man with the assist and Nyakeya is the man, who placed the ball past keeper Boniface Oluoch in the 34th minute.
With the aim of securing three points in order to go ahead of Posta Rangers on the league table, Coach Ze Maria named a strong squad with Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza and Jacques Tuyisenge being part of the arsenal.
Indeed, Mugiraneza showed intention of wanting to etch his name on the score-board in the 20th minute but Mathare United proved smarter by clearing the danger.
Karim Nizigiyimana then launched a number of attacks after Nyakeya goal but things did not work out well for him.
The fight continued in the second half-with the likes of Godfrey Walusimbi being instrumental in search of an equalizer to no avail. Even the introduction of Maloba Oliver never bore any fruits for Gor Mahia.
The Mathare United win is a big morale booster for coach Salim Ali putting into consideration that the ‘Slum Boys’ had registered a draw against Chemelil Sugar after suffering a 5-1 defeat against Ulinzi Stars under him in the absence of head coach Francis Kimanzi.
They have since revealed on their facebook page the secret behind their historic victory. Their Chairman Bob Munro had a word with them in the dressing room ahead of the match.”Gor (Mahia) are clearly confident of victory but seriously underestimate your talents and teamwork. So prove them wrong today.”
Gor Mahia : Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyimana ,Wellington Ochieng’ , Musa Mohammed, Shakava Haron, Otieno Philemon, Kahata Francis, Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza,Walusimbi Godfrey, Tuyisenge Jacques, Meddie Kagere.
Subs : Fredrick Odhiambo, Onyango Joash, Nondi Amos, Mbugua Athony, Maloba Oliver, Otieno Timothy, Wafula Innocent.
Mathare United : Levis Opiyo, Andrew Juma, George ‘Wise’ Owino, Lennox Ogutu,David Mwangi, Chrispinus Odour, Aboubakar Keya, Daniel Mwaura, Harrsion Mwenda, Cliff Nyakeya, Derrick Onyango.
Subs : Wycliffe Kasaya, Tyson Odhiambo, Roy Okal, Martin Ongori, David Owino, Tyson Otieno, Ronald Okoth.