It was a flying start for Kogalo in the inaugural Sportpesa Supercup. Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere struck twice to give his side a 2-0 win over Zanzibari side Jangombe. The match was played at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Kogalo were dominant despite missing several key players: Boniface Oluoch, captain Musa Mohammed, Earnest Wendo, Karim Nizigiyimana, Jean Baptiste. Yet it was the Zanzibaris who looked the better side in the first few minutes with Abdi Kassim and Khamis Musa both missing gilt edged chances.
After scoreless first half, Gor Mahia went on the offensive. Their efforts were rewarded in the 66th minute when Kagere connected to a cross from Kenneth Muguna and finished with a sublime header. Gor Mahia continued to press and their efforts were rewarded. A Jangombe defender was adjudged to have handled the ball in th epenalty box. Kagere slotted the resulting penalty to seal the score.
In the other opening match, second tier side Nakuru All stars shocked Tanzanian giants Simba, beating them 5-4 on penalties. This is much to the chagrin of the organizers who were hoping that Simba would play Kogalo in the semis in order to fill the stadium. Instead it is Nakuru who will face Kogalo.
Gor Mahia XI: 1. Peter Odhiambo, 14. Innocent Wafula, 4. Wellington Ochieng, 12. Joash Onyango, 18. Haron Shakava, 30. Philemon Otieno, 10. Kenneth Muguna, 8. Francis Kahata, 17. Timothy Otieno, 22. Meddie Kagere, 33. Mike Simiyu.
Sub: 16. Shaban Odhoji, 15. Bernard Odhiambo, 11. Amos Nondi, 27. Anthony Mbugua, 26. Teddy Osok, 28. Oliver Maloba, 25. George Odhiambo, 21. John Ndirangu, 19. Jeconiah Uyoga