Gor Mahia switch off Western Stima 3-2

Kipkirui celebrates

Gor Mahia on Saturday dispatched a determined Western Stima side by a score of 3-2. Gor Mahia were leading 3-0 after 14 minutes before the Power men fought back. Goals came from Boniface Omondi, Kenneth Muguna and Nicholas Kipkirui.

This coupled with Tusker’s 2-2 draw against Kisumu All Stars, puts Gor Mahia in good position to defend the league title.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Champions Gor Mahia move sevens point clear at the summit of the Kenyan Premier League with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Western Stima at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi on Saturday.

The powermen have emerged as one of Gor Mahia’s stubborn opponents in recent times, as they have not lost to the champions in the last three league meetings.

In this season’s first leg match in Kisumu, the two sides drew 1-1.

But this changed quickly at Kasarani on Saturday as Bonface Omondi Kenneth Muguna and Nichols Kipkirui struck inside the opening 13 minutes to give the champions a comfortable 3-0 lead before Baron Oketch and Benson Ochieng’ rduced the deficit for the visitors late on.

The defeat was a blow to Stima who came into this match looking to bring to a halt their five-match winless streak.

Omondi opened the scoring three minutes into the match before Muguna scored against his former employers on 10 minutes after collecting a loose ball outside the box, to beat goalkeeper John Njau with a low drive.

And three minutes later, Kipkirui placed the game beyond their opponents reach with an easy finish, after Njau had miscalculated his run.

Stima twice missed an opportunity to respond from corner-kick deliveries, before their first best chance arrived in the 23rd minute, but goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo was alert and saved Benson Ochieng’s header.

In the 28th minute, Stima coach Salim Babu withdrew Vitalis Akumu who had earlier been booked for Kevin Akongo.

Three minutes to the break, Oketch reduced the deficit for Stima from the spot after Ochieng’ was fouled inside the box.

Oketch came close to making it 3-2 but Odhiambo stretched well to clear the danger.

Gor continued to dominate exchanges in the early minutes of the second-half, but Stima defence dealt with their attacks.

Ten minutes into the second-half, coach Steven Polack made a change, introducing Samuel Onyango for Cliffton Miheso.

Goalkeeper Njau was forced to leave his line early and make a save on 63 minutes, before an on rushing Samuel Onyango could connect.

Ochieng’ benefitted from a defensive lapse in the 75th minute to score Stima’s second goal.

Thereafter, the tempo of the match went down and Stima failed to create another chance to share spoils with the champions.

The win sees Gor Mahia open a seven-point gap at the helm of the standings. Second-placed Kakamega Homeboyz, who host Nzoia Sugar on Sunday at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, could reduce the gap to four points with victory over sugar millers.

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15 thoughts on “Gor Mahia switch off Western Stima 3-2

  1. Since Kogalo lost to Sofapaka then drew 1:1 with Western Stima it’s all now a 3:2 win affair!! Naivas 3:2, Zoo 3:2 and then 3:2 to Western Stima!! What is it that’s wrong?? Kogalo is conceding too much!!

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  2. What experiment is Coach Steve Polack trying by playing Geoffrey Ochieng, a natural Left back on the right back position? Just Asking!!!!

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  3. Congratulations team, keep the pressure on. When we win three points, Tusker gets one and I think one of these days Kakamega will also drop something.
    Mashemeji next, right back is currently a big problem hence the experiment with Geoffrey. I hope this Balinya will be ready on the derby day, or is it another Ssekisambu episode? Time will tell

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  4. hi admin, I would like to share with gormahia.net pics of the presentation of the winning bonuses to GMFC players & TB for the wins against Nzoia and Zoo Kericho.
    The bonuses for the win against W. Stima have been raised and Augmentin is working on the anticipated efusi win bonuses.

    We call on all fellow bloggers to support the GMAF initiative.

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  5. From what I noticed on Saturday, the new left back, as much as he is a bundle of energy, tires very fast and his side was being targeted by western stima a lot.

    The center back Ronack is progressing well. I like his drive. With game time he will be very solid. Has the body to withstand any challenge thrown at him.

    As for the midfielder owusu, he needs time to settle but he had a good game. Aggressive and strong….and has a good passing range.

    Our strikers are currently below par but I hope they will raise their game against Afc.

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  6. @Oswozo Moziek,good analysis. I too am happy for Ronack whom I first saw against Al hilal lby.I always view Gor in terms of a North African opponents,therefore with Apudo and Balinya we have our work cut out

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  7. Ingwe fanatics and coach kimani are at it again, talking every word which can mean beating kogalo! How I wish they learnt from the past; the more you brag about defeating Gor the more you get embarrased after90 minutes. Lets silence the noisy cat come Sunday.

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