courtesy of goal.com
Nakuru Top Fry upset champions Gor Mahia 2-0 in a Kenyan Premier League played at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru match on Saturday.
The result was unexpected and is bound to inspire a team that until then had remained win less since the season started. It was also the first defeat of the season for K’ogalo, who squandered another opportunity to go top of the log.
John Ndirangu scored the first goal for Top Fry minutes before the break turning home a loose ball that Solomon Nasio had failed to clear. Coming into this match, the hosts were determined to get something well aware that another defeat would have been catastrophic and therefore, kept their opponents under extreme pressure.
From their first attempt at goal, Gor Mahia defender Haron Shakava collided with David Juma and the latter had to be pulled off the pitch to receive treatment paving the way for veteran goalkeeper Jerim Onyango.
Gor’s first chance of the match fell on Teddy Akumu but the Harambee Stars midfielder shot wide after a great combination with Timonah Wanyonyi. The home side was never intimidated by the huge turn-out of Gor Mahia fans and remained calm something which allowed them to create scoring chances.
They took the first corner at the quarter-hour mark when John Ndirangu was denied to score by David Owino. Fifteen minutes later, Gor Mahia’s pressure could have paid off from a corner but Godfrey Kizito was denied by Ronnie Kagunzi from a long range effort.
The restless Kizito should have put his side ahead in the 42nd minute but failed to connect a Kevin Omondi clinical pass. The league’s new comers kept their head preferring to try and hit their opponents on counter-attacks and deserved to go ahead before the break.
When the second half kicked, Gor Mahia went on the offensive determined to pull an equaliser and pushed their men upfront. It was a situation that left their back line exposed and John Ndirangu exploited spaces at the back coming close once again at the hour mark but failed to tap home from a one on one opportunity.
Three minutes later, Ndirangu did not make a mistake as he beat Jerim Onyango from a long range effort to put the game beyond Gor Mahia. Of late Gor Mahia players have been fatigued and though coach Bobby Williamson has always insisted it is not a problem, his top player Dan Sserunkuma was simply not himself and was therefore, no surprise when he gave way to Patrick Oboya.
But it was too little too late and in the end Top Fry will celebrate their first win of the season.