Gor Mahia are through to the finals of the 2018 Sportpesa Supercup after blanking Singida United of Tanzania 2-0. Unlike against arch-rivals AFC Leopards whom they beat on penalties, the Tanzanian side found the going tough against a brilliant Kogalo side.
Gor Mahia will now face off with Simba of Tanzania in the final. The latter beat Kakamega Homeboyz on penalties.
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Meddie Kagere scored twice as Gor Mahia beat Singida United 2-0 in a Super Cup semi-final match that was staged at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Thursday 7th June.
The Rwandan scored his first in the 36th minute after heading home from a Francis Kahata cross. He then got his second in stoppage time firing home with a low shot that went past Singida keeper Peter Manyika.
Gor Mahia started the game on a high trying to an early opener. George Odhiambo in the flank, in particular, proved lively in the opening minutes. The first chance went Singida’s way in the 6th minute when Danny Lyanga beat his marker on the left flank before delivering a teasing cross which Godfrey Walusimbi cleared before John Tibar could pounce.
At the other end, Singida keeper Peter Manyika pulled a huge save picking an Odhiambo cross with Meddie Kagere well placed to fire home. Another quick clearance from Gor Mahia defenders denied Lyanga who was through on goal. Singida showed improvement after early Gor Mahia dominance and proved dangerous particularly on the seak.
The heavy downpour in Nakuru seemed to affect the flow of the game as both teams opted to use high balls. Singida skipper Deus Kaseke hit the crossbar in the 33rd minute with a venous drive, Gor Mahia keeper Shaban Odhoji was at full stretch but he could not get hold of the ball.
A minute later, Gor Mahia went ahead through veteran forward Meddie Kagere. A well-floated corner from Francis Kahata was met with a bullet header from the Rwandan striker, Peter Wanyika on Sindiga goal could do little to save his side. Three minutes later Gor captain Haron Shakava headed narrowly wide from another Kahata delivery as Gor looked to double their advantage. Gor took a one-goal advantage to the break.
Both teams had chances to score more after the break. Lubinda Mundia and Deus Kaseke came close for Singida while Tuyisenge, Odhiambo, and Kahata came close for Gor Mahia.
Just as it looked like the game would end 1-0, Kagere got his second in stoppage time with a low drive that beat Singida keeper Manyika. Gor will play Simba in the final on Sunday 10th June.
Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Philemon Otieno, Godfrey Walusimbi, Haron Shakava, Joash Onyango, Ernest Wendo, Humphrey Mieno, George Odhiambo, Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere
Subs: Bonface Oluoch, Wesly Onguso, Charles Momanyi, Innocent Wafula, Boniface Omondi, Bernard Ondiek, Lawrence Juma, Ephrem Guikan
Singida Starting XI: Peter Manyika, Adam Miraji, Shafik Batambuze, Kennedy Juma, Salim Kipaga, Amara Diaby, Deus Kaseke, Danny Lyanga, Ally Kenny and John Tibar.
Subs: Ally Mustapha, Elisha Murojwa, Salum Chuku, Antiri Maliki, Elinyesia Sumbi, Lubinda Mundia, Khalfan Nizar, Santos Felipe