10 man Gor Mahia edge Tusker 1-0

Butambuze in action against Kevin Omondi

Gor Mahia fought gallantly to edge a tough Tusker side 1-0. The winning goal came from Nicholas Kipkirui who converted a corner. Gor Mahia had been reduced to ten men after goalkeeper Boniface Onyango was sent off.

Additional reporting from Citizen Sports

Both sides got the afternoon ticking with a fair share of chances on both ends but it was the visitors who enjoyed  a slightly fatter share of the ball.

K’Ogallo were forced into an early change after first choice goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch was given matching orders by referee Caroline Wanjala for handling the ball outside his territory after Tusker forward David Juma was set up by a fine through ball from the middle of the pack.

Oluoch stopped Robert Matano’s men from taking the lead in the 26th, but his decision was met with a red card forcing boss Hassan Oktay to sacrifice goal hunter George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo, as back-up goal keeper Shaban Odhoji took up the mantle between the sticks.

The K’Ogallo no. 1 left the pitch limping in what seemed like an injury ahead of their CAF Confederations return leg face-off with Algeria’s NA Hussein Dey in Algiers on Sunday.

Midfielder Samuel Onyango got close to giving the hosts the lead in the first half on three occasions, being denied by the right hand side of Emery Mvuyekure’s post on the stroke of the first half.

The two sides came back for the second half ready to bag all the three points and a series of attacks were lodged on both ends with Gor Mahia the first to reap, 12 minutes into the second half, after goal poacher Nicholas Kipkirui got onto to the end of Shafik Batambuze’s right footed corner.

Matano’s troops lobbied for an equaliser as substitute Bill Oporia got on target by heading in a corner in the 80th minute but the referee ruled it out for a foul on the goal keeper in the build up.

A couple of moments after blowing up a glorious opportunity to double the hosts’ lead, Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge made way for veteran striker Dennis Oliech with five minutes of normal time remaining, marking the first appearance for ‘Wuod Maria’ as he is known in some quarters after the much-publicised  pay dispute with the Gor hierarchy.

Oliech and Onyango both came close in the final moments of the game but sent the ball flying onto the stands, with the Kipkirui solitary goal getting the job done for the 17-time KPL champions.

Gor Mahia vs Tusker in crucial match

Fresh from their success against Algeria side NA Hussein Dey, Gor Mahia will once again bring their attention back to the local scene. On Wednesday they take on Tusker FC in what promises to a tough encounter. The match will be played at Machakos on Wednesday February 27.

Tusker are only one point behind Gor Mahia. Both sides are eager to remain in the title chase and both are hard pressed to keep up with league leaders Bandari.

It promises to be a tough encounter. Last season Gor Mahia dropped their first points of the season when they were held scoreless by Tusker in February. In the return leg in October, Tusker scored a 1-0 win.

And Tusker have some highly motivated individuals. Coach Robert Matano is always motivated to play Gor Mahia. Former Gor Mahia attacker Timothy Otieno will also want to make his mark against his former club. But the one player who always wakes up from his sleep when playing against Gor Mahia is Kevin Omondi. Inconsistent as he is, the one team he always wants to play well against is Gor Mahia.

Gor Mahia for their part will be looking to make amends for last season when they dropped four points to Tusker. A win is critical in order to keep pace with Bandari. Kahata and Joash Onyango will be missing due to minor injuries. But Kogalo have plenty of confidence after beating Hussein Dey and the return of Dennis Oliech will only serve to further strengthen the team.

Oliech to make a comeback

Gor Mahia are buoyed by the return of striker Dennis Oliech following the intervention of coach Hassan Oktay.

“I was looking forward to have him back and I am very happy that he listened to my request and came for training. He is a real pro. Remember he did not play for two seasons but he came back and is giving 100% for the team. Unfortunately he got injured and couldn’t come with us to Angola but when he recovered he played for 90 minutes (against Western Stima). Not all players are like that.

The coach is full of praise for Oliech whom he says is showing the rest of the players how to be a professional.

“I love to have him in the team because of his experience. He talks to the young players and lends his vast experience to the team. I am telling you any coach would want to have a player like that on the team so I hope that the management can sort out this issues amicably,”

Gor Mahia held by Western Stima 1-1

Wendo is congratulated by team-mates

Gor Mahia’s quest to reach the top spot of the Sportpesa Premier League was tripped up on Wednesday when a determined Western Stima held them 1-1. Gor Mahia scored in the first half through Ernest Wendo. Western Stima replied in the 53rd minute.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia missed the chance to go top of the SportPesa Premier League table after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Western Stima at the Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday.

Eernest Wendo had fired the champions ahead in the 30th minute with a first time strike off a Dennis Oliech assist, but the visitors hit back in the second half with Vincent Odongo restoring parity at the hour mark with a long range shot.

In between, Gor’s Nicholas Kipkirui, Olirch and Jacques Tuyisenge missed a host of chances and the visitors held on.

K’Ogalo are now in second spot with26 points from 13 matches, two behind leaders Bandari.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay was disappointed with the two dropped points.

“It wasn’t our best game. The referee stopped the game for nine minutes and their goalkeeper was on the ground for eight minutes. ” We dropped two points We conceded a goal from 40 yards, we have a goalkeeping problem,” he said.

But his opposite number Paul Ogai hit back, claiming his side were by far the better team in this game, and that the Kenyan champions were lucky to have picked a point.”He (Oktay) is lucky to get a point and should just keep quiet, we lost two great chances to kill the game, we were the better side.”

After an early period of dominance by the hosts, Ernest Wendo stabbed home a Dennis Oliech’s pass to hand Oktay’s charges the lead in this game after 30 minutes.

But when the Green Army – and their excited fans at the venue – seemed to be cruising, Stima rallied back and scored the goal of the game via Vincent Odongo.He rifled home a shot from 35-yards, easily beating an embarrassed Gor custodian Fredrick Onyango at his near post in the process.

Onyango was standing in for the off-colour Boniface Oluoch.Jacques Tuyisenge, who seemed to be playing with some bit of discomfort, headed a Philemon Otieno cross over the opponent’s bar with only custodian Samwel Onyango to beat earlier on.

Then Dennis Oliech scuffed a shot which went narrowly wide moments later. And in the second half, super sub-Nicholas Kipkurui failed to find the back of the with a looping shot with Fredrick Onyango well beaten. Oktay though elected to comment on the several stoppages caused by supposed injuries to the Western Stima goalkeeper. “He (Oktay) is lucky to get a point and should just keep quiet, we lost two great chances to kill the game, we were the better side.”

Gor Mahia floor AFC Leopards 2-0

Kenneth Muguna celebrates after scoring the first goal

Gor Mahia continued their march up the league table on Saturday when they sunk arch rivals AFC Leoopards 2-0 at Kasarani on Saturday. The goals came from Kenneth Muguna and a sublime free-kick from Francis Kahata. Aside from three crucial points, the result means Kogalo is in good form ahead of another crucial continental match this Wednesday.

Additional reporting from Citizen Sports

After starting a passing move in the midfield, Muguna raced towards goal to finish it off, placing the ball beyond goalkeeper Eric Ndayishimiye after Kahata’s delivery into a crowded six yard box had fallen kindly into his path.

The former KPL MVP nearly doubled his tally for the afternoon minutes later only to see his effort from the edge of penalty area come off the crossbar

Whyvonne Isuza headed over from a rebound six minutes to the break after Marcel Kaheza’s free-kick had brushed against the wall. Leopards threatened from another set piece at the stroke of half time with Isaac Kipyegon’s free-kick curling inches wide.

Leopards looked recharged in the second half but a dreadful misjudgment from Ndayishimiye allowed Kahata’s free-kick to drop into the back of his net after Harun Shakava had missed a headed attempt.

Gor thought they had gone 3-0 up when Jacques Tuyisenge headed in Kahata’s cross but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Substitute Erisa Ssekisambu spurned another chance to put Gor three to the good when his heavy touch from close in allowed Ndayishimiye to collect the ball after George Odhiambo had found him with a low cross.

Starting XI

  1. Boniface Oluoch, 26. Philemon Otieno, 6.Shafik Batambuze, 12.Joash Onayngo, 18.Haron Shakava, 20.Ernest Wendo, 11.Bonface Omondi, 21. Kenneth Muguna, 7.Nicholas Kipkirui, 9. Jacques Tuyisenge, 8. Francis Kahata

Substitutes

  1. Fredrick Odhiambo, 15. Joachim Oluoch, 27.Charles Momanyi, 17.Bernard Ondiek, 25.George Odhaimbo, 23.Francis Mustapha, 22.Erisa Ssekisambu

AFC Leopards Starting XI:

Ndayishimiye Eric, Isaac Kipyegon, Dennis Sikhayi, Robinson Kamura ©, Salim Abdallah, Christopher Oruchum, Saad Musa, Whyvonne Isuzza, Marcel Kaheza, Odeny Jaffery, Wayi Yeka

Substitutes

Jairus Adira, Mainge Yusuf, Mukangula Eugene, Victor Majid, Brian Marita, Odeny Aziz, Vincent Oburu.

Gor Mahia take on Vihiga United at Bukhungu

Gor Mahia, still flying high after their surprise 4-2 win over Zamalek will take on Vihiga United at Bukhungu on Wednesday.

Coach Oktay will need to get the players to forget about the Zamalek match and focus on the local scene again. If players get carried away, they might lose focus. However coach Oktay believes the result against Zamalek will only bolster the team.

“Last week we were under a lot of pressure but the victory has helped us to calm down. The boys are now more confident and I don’t expect any more poor results. The only problem is that we have a tough schedule but we shall cope.” he told the Nation.

Vihiga for their part are aiming for improvement. They are only two points above the relagation zone and have scored the second fewest number of goals.

“That is a respected opponent for sure, but we want to give our best. We are aiming at three points. We have a problem in front of the goal but we are working to rectify that”. said assistant coach Francis Xavier to the Nation.

Vihiga United are experts at forcing draws. They have drawn 7 matches out of the 11 that they have played. They will likely deploy an ultra defensive line-up against Gor Mahia even though coach Mururi claims they are going for three points.

“Yes, Gor Mahia is a good side, we respect them but to me, its football and it won’t be easy for them. We are prepared to collect maximum points here,” said Mururi to futaa.com

Indeed last season Gor Mahia did not fair well against Vihiga United. After struggling to win the first leg 1-0, they lost to Vihiga 2-0 in the second leg.

The match kicks off at 3pm Wednesday at Bukhungu

Gor Mahia blank Chemelil 2-0

Butambuze congratulates Boniface Omondi

Gor Mahia are back on track. On Wednesday they beat Chemelil Sugar 2-0 at Machakos stadium. Boniface Omondi and Nicholas Kipkirui scored the goals.

Additional reporting from the Nation

A sterling second half performance helped champions Gor Mahia down Chemelil Sugar 2-0 in a SportPesa Premier League encounter at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on Wednesday.

Nicholas Kipkirui drew first blood on 46 minutes before Boniface Omondi doubled the scores in the 52nd minute with a half volley from inside the box.

Gor’s first victory in the New Year takes their tally to six, seven behind leaders Mathare United.

K’Ogalo play Mathare United on Sunday at Kasarani.

Gor piled pressure on the visitors from the moment referee Isaac Memusi blew the opening whistle.

Omondi fed Jacques Tuyisenge with a deep cross on 14 minutes but the Rwandese effort was parried for a corner kick by Chemelil custodian Kevin Otieno.

On 31 minutes, Lawrence Juma’s rasping shot from 20 yards hit the side netting.

A minute later, Harun Shakava failed to guide his free header into the net after connecting to Francis Kahata’s delivery from a freekick.

The millers, donning yellow shirts and black shorts, sat deep to defend waiting to break on the counter.

On 36 minutes, Boniface Omondi teed up Kahata but the latter’s left foot low drive was palmed away by Otieno for yet another corner that Tuyisenge headed to the roof of the net.

Kipkirui, who paved way for Ivorian Ephrem Guikan on 58 minutes, scored into an empty net after Chemelil defenders failed to clear their lines.

Lawrence Juma would then find Omondi with a long ball inside the box and the diminutive forward converted with a sweet half volley for Gor’s second.

Chemelil coach Francis Baraza introduced Biko Tindi for Felix Oluoch on 64 minutes.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay preferred Frederick Odhiambo in between the sticks with Ernest Wendo doing the donkey work in the midfield as Lawrence Juma played behind the striking duo of Kipkirui and Tuyisenge.

Francis Kahata and Boniface Omondi played on the flanks interchangeably before the former paved way for Samuel Onyango on 69 minutes.