In what is probably the most convicing win over their arch rivals in 36 years, Gor Mahia beat AFC Leopards 3-1 in a league match played at the Nyayo national stadium on Sunday. The goals came via new signings Wycliffe Ochomo, Demonde Selenga and regular right winger Dan Makori.
Both teams started brightly with Bernard Mangoli coming close for AFC when he hit the post with a well taken shot. Ochomo hitting replied in kind, hitting the cross bar on 12 minutes. But it was Wycliffe Ochomo who was a cosntant thorn in the side of AFC defenders who scored the opener after comobining well with Edwin Lavatsa and Kevin Omondi. On 34 minutes, Collins Gattuso left the game injured to be replaced by Anthony Akumu. Gor Mahia went into half time leading 1-0.
Leopards started the second half brightly again but Jerim Onyango stood tall in the Kogalo goal. Demonde Selenga made an entry in the 60th minute to loud cheers from the Kogalo faithful. He returned to torment his former team-mates with a well taken headerfrom a rebound from a Lavatsa shot to put Gor Mahia two goals up. And the Gor Mahia faithful erupted.
Gor Mahia fans found themselves in dreamland when Dan Makori scored the 3rd goal from a Lavatsa pass in the 81st minute to put Kogalo 3-0 up. The enterprising youngstar Lavatsa had a hand in all 3 goals. 3 minutes later , Mike Baraza pulled one back for AFC.
It was Gor Mahia’s most convincing win of the season. Most fans today cannot remember the last time Gor Mahia put 3 past AFC. The last time was probably 1980 when Gor Mahia beat AFC 3-2 in the CECAFA cup final in Blantyre Malawi. And in what is the most emphatic win by either team, Gor Mahia beat AFC 5-1 in the first game of the 1975 KFA league.
This win will assuage many fans who have decried the lack of goals. Prior to this , Gor Mahia was averaging less than a goal per game. Kogalo are now in 3rd place with 30 points.