There were no upsets this time as Gor Mahia started their GoTV shield campaign on a sound note beating Langata Gremio 3-0.
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Goals from Meddie Kagere, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Liberian defender Dirkir Glay ensured that K’Ogalo remain in knockout competition
Gor Mahia cruised to the second round of GOtv Shield tournament after seeing off Langata Gremio 3-0 in a match played at City Stadium on Wednesday.
Goals from Meddie Kagere, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Liberian defender Dirkir Glay were enough to send K’Ogalo through as they remained in contention for a league and domestic cup double.
Gor Mahia assistant coach Frank Ouna opted to rest regular starters with custodian Boniface Oluoch paving way for skipper Jerim Onyango. Musa Mohammed also returned from injury to marshal the defence alongside Glay, Karim Nizigiyimana and Abouba Sibomana.
Ernest Wendo was handed a start in the midfield alongside Eric Ochieng’, Ronald Otieno and George Odhiambo. K’Ogalo started off well with Kagere terrorizing Gremio’s rear guard. In the 10th minute, Kagere put Gor Mahia ahead after capitalizing on a mistake by Gremio goalkeeper to tap home from a rebound.
Gor Mahia should have stretched their lead three minutes later but defender Nzigiyimana failed to convert from the penalty spot. With the penalty save, Gremio tried to come into the match and forced Jerim Onyango to a nice save in the 20th minute.
The lower league side were determined to shock the league champions but they looked nervous when approaching Gor Mahia’s danger zone. Gor Mahia went close again in 23rd minute as Omino failed to score after being put through by Musa Mohammed.
Kagere should have doubled Gor Mahia’s lead and grab his second of the day at the stroke of half-time but watched helplessly as his bicycle kick from George Odhiambo’s close was saved by Gremio goalkeeper. On resumption, Gremio continued to contain Gor Mahia, who resorted to slow down the game.
Ronald Omino missed another chance for Gor Mahia before ‘Blackberry’ powered home the second goal from a goalmouth melee. Another chance for Gor Mahia went begging minutes later as Timothy Otieno shot wide while Innocent Wafula failed to score from an open chance.
Glay then calmed Gor Mahia’s nerves grabbing the winning goal in 79th minute and thwarted any lingering hopes of Gremio making a comeback.