Courtesy of futaa.com
Gor Mahia landed their first trophy of the season after seeing off Ulinzi Stars 2-0 after extra time in the KPL Top 8 final played on Sunday 19 August 2012.
Rama Salim on 93 minutes and Itubu Imbem on 104 were the goalscorers for K’ogalo, as they picked up their first Top 8 title at a drizzling Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.
Ulinzi were winners in 2011, meaning Gor are the second side in the history of the competition to win the trophy which begun last season.
The holders will have to blame themselves though, as they wasted a penalty in the first half, with Anthony Nderitu’s effort being saved by Gor captain Jerim Onyango.
Gor on the other hand took their chances and on the balance of play were deserved winners.
The pace at the beggining of the match was electric as both sides tried to lay down a marker for the game or if lucky, get something on the scoresheet.
Jerim Onyango was the best player for Gor on the day, making a number of key saves to deny Ulinzi.
In the opening exchanges, he saved well from former K’ogalo striker Wycliffe Ochomo, who had wandered into the box unmarked.
He was again called into action by Ochomo, who shot straight at him, after another powerful run from the burly center forward.
With Ulinzi playing a high line, Gor were always going to have a go at them and so it was, as first Rama Salim, then Moses Odhiambo and Dan Sserunkuma went close to scoring.
Rama had the best of them all, as his run was not matched by the Ulinzi defence, went past Ulinzi goalie Jacktone Odhiambo, but his squared pass could only land onto Ulinzi defender Mulinge Ndeto, with SSerunkuma unmarked.
Then came the penalty, after Ivan Anguyo had handled in the box, but Nderitu’s effort was casual, allowing the brilliant Onyango to make a low left handed save.
Gor coach Logarusic, sensing his team was under pressure, took off the missing Ali Abondo, bringing on Edwin Lavatsa five minutes from halftime.
The second half was a slower affair, with the pace of the first half having slowed both teams down.
Gor had the better play overall, but despite bringing on Itubu Imbem late in the match, they failed to capitalise on their strong position.
Rama Salim had the final chance of normal time for Gor, as he was played through on goal, but he shot wide, as the game went into extra time.
Extra time totally belonged to Gor, as they scored within three minutes of resumption, Salim’s header being fumbled by Jacktone Odhiambo, though television replays showed that the ball did not cross the line.
Just the lucky break Gor needed.
They would add a second a minute from the first half of extra time as Imbem shot home off a Salim pass.
Ulinzi put on some added pressure as they tried to salvage something from the game, but Gor were home and dry.
Gor add the Top 8 to the FK Cup, of which they are the current holders.