Gor Mahia floor Sofapaka 2-0

Gor Mahia scored a convincing 2-0 win over second placed Sofapaka at Kisumu on Sunday. The goals came from the in form Samuel Onyango and reliable scorer Jacque Tuyisenge. The win puts Gor Mahia in a commanding position.

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Champions Gor Mahia are two wins away from lifting the SportPesa Premier League title for unmatched 18th time after they edge visitors Sofapaka 2-0 in a thrilling heavyweight clash at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday.

Samuel Onyango and Jacques Tuyisenge scored a goal a piece in the second half to stretch K’Ogalo’s lead to 66points. Sofapaka remains second on 56points.

A delighted Gor’s coach Hassan Oktay said he was now sure of lifting the title.

“Now I can say that we are champions because we have opened a big gap. This game was very important for us,” said Oktay.

At the fully packed stadium, Gor supporters sent early their call for a win with jeers on Samuel Onyango when he failed to slot home from a free-kick at edge of the box.

Sofapaka also won a free-kick the other end just moments later, Jacques Tuyisenge rising high to send away Omar Moussa’s strike.

Eight minutes into the contest, Sofapaka goalkeeper Justine Ndikumana was forced to a double save to deny Tuyisenge from close-range after being assisted by Kenneth Muguna.

The visitors had not settled in the “heavyweight” clash as K’Ogalo dictated the exchange and always threatened from the flanks.

Regarded the perfect free-kick taker in the coach Oktay’s squad, Muguna was called into action on the 23rd minute, the latter bending a beautiful shot, which went wide by few inches.

John Avire attempted to find the back of the hosts net on the 25th and 32nd minutes respectively through long-range efforts, but luck was not on his side.

Gor’s goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo had to be alert in his area five minutes to the break and make a timely save from George Maelo’s free-kick, before several waiting yellow shirts inside his area could connect.

Gor almost took the lead immediately after the restart when Francis Kahata found Onyango upfront with a low pass, the latter’s one touch finish going wide.

Onyango left the thousands of K’Ogalo supporters singing on the 57th minute when he raced to beat Sofapaka’s goalkeeper Ndikumana with a rising shot.

The shot-stopper had left his line early in attempt to make a clearance before Onyango arrived.

Both sides then made substitutions, the visitors resting Kilume Mohammed for Ibrahim Kajula, while the hosts brought in Erisa Ssekisambu for Nicholas Kipkirui.

Center referee Felix Ekai was forced cool tempratures in the clash on the 76th minute before players from both side almost engaged in a fight.

One minute later, Tuyisenge netted the second goal to move Gor to two wins away from winning the domestic title.

The Rwandese collected a pass from Kahata and dribbled inside the box, before rounding goalkeeper Ndikumana to slot home in the empty net.

Five minutes to the break, Pistone Mutamba would have pulled one for his side but his header from a corner-kick delivery went wide.

Gor Mahia blank Chemelil 2-0

Scorer: Samuel Onyango is congratulated by Mustafa

After two successive draws, Gor Mahia put their march towards the 2018-2019 Kenya Premier League title back on track when they beat Chemelil Sugar 2-0 on Wednesday

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Gor Mahia beat Chemelil Sugar 2-0 in Kisumu on Wednesday to restore their seven-point lead over second-placed Sofapaka on the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table

Kenneth Muguna and Samwel Onyango were responsible for helping Gor Mahia pick up six points from the Sugar Millers this season after winning the reverse fixture with the same scoreline. 

Mpondo Samwel was quick to deny Francis Kahata an entry into Chemelil Sugar’s box in the seventh minute, after Kahata and Erisa Ssekisambu had a good build-up before Mpondo robbed the Gor Mahia midfielder and cleared his area.

Joash Onyango saved Gor Mahia from early blushes when he stopped a counter-attack by the hosts in the 15th minute. The Harambee Stars defender managed to slide and clear the ball from the feet of Adefeya Junior as the Chemelil Sugar forward made his way towards Gor Mahia’s box.

Francis Baraza had to make an early change when Lucas Waitere was stretched off in the 33rd minute with Charles Okiya taking his place. Onyango’s reckless tackle on Waitere forced the Millers to make that first half substitution.

Kenneth Muguna scored the first goal for the Green Army in the 38th minute from a free kick – Ssekisambu was fouled outside the box and that chance proved all that Gor Mahia needed to bag the first goal.

Okiya could have restored parity on the hour mark if he were clinical when the chance presented that itself following an accurate Richard Oti pass. Okiya failed to beat Frederick Odhiambo, who was all but beaten in goal, as his shot went off target from close range.

Philip Mwangale’s timely goal-line clearance denied Nicholas Kipkirui from doubling Gor Mahia’s lead in the 68th minute. The former Zoo FC striker had beaten Morgan Alube in Chemelil Sugar’s goal but Mwangale’s quick reaction kept the Millers in the game.

Samwel Onyango doubled Gor Mahia’s lead in the 76th minute after Chrispin Opondo blundered inside his area. The former Ulinzi Stars man has now bagged seven goals for the defending KPL champions, level with Kipkirui who was substituted in the 79th minute.

A bigger test awaits the Green Army as they host Sofapaka on May 12 in Kisumu. Chemelil Sugar will be away at Mbaraki to face Bandari on May 14.

Chemelil Sugar XI: Alube Morgan, Opondo Crispin, Mahiga Vincent, Omino James, Mwangale Philip, Mpondo Samwel, Akoko Nicholas, Oduor Pablo, Oti Richard, Waitere Lucas, Adeyefa Junior.

Subs: Onunga Richard, Okiya Charles, Ocholla Francis, Wangulu Gilbert, Ochieng John, Kwezi Boris, Otieno Selassie.

Gor Mahia XI: Frederick Odhiambo, Wellington Ochieng, Geoffrey Ochieng, Joash Onyango, Haron Shakava, Hashim Sempala, Francis Kahata, Kenneth Muguna, Erisa Ssekisambu, Nicholas Kipkirui, and Samwel Onyango.

Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Philemon Otieno, Joachim Oluoch, Bernard Ondiek, Ernest Wendo, Francis Mustafa and Boniface Omondi.

Gor Mahia held by Western Stima 0-0

Tuyisenge in action against Stima

For the second consecutive match, Gor Mahia were held to a draw. This time it was Western Stima who held Kogalo 0-0 at Kisumu on Sunday.

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The draw pushed Hassan Oktay’s men to 60 points, five adrift of Sofapaka in second, but with a game in hand.

Speaking after the match, Oktay blamed his strikers and said they are going to work on their finishing.

“We played well but wasted a lot of clear goal-scoring opportunities. This means we have to work on our finishing before the next match,” he said.

The champions, however, will have to do without former Harambee Stars Dennis Oliech who was withdrawn and rushed to the hospital at the hour mark after he got injured.

Oliech was immediately replaced by Nicholas Kipkirui in a match that saw the two sides waste opportunities to score.

ennedy Otieno was first to miss a clear chance of putting the power men ahead but failed to connect with Hubert Kopany’s cross before Francis Kahata did the same in the 24 minute, failing to beat Samwel Odhiambo from a Philemon Otieno delivery.

Despite K’Ogalo dominating the match in the first half, the scores remained unchanged into the second half with Oliech and his substitute Kipkirui missing clear scoring chances.

Gor Mahia beats SoNy Sugar 3-2

Gor Mahia’s good run in the 2018-2019 Kenya Premier League continued on Wednesday as they beat SoNy Sugar 3-2. The win bolsters Gor Mahia’s lead at the top of the KPL standings but also provides a confidence boost ahead of their key CAF Confederations cup match against Morocco’s RS Berkane on April 7.

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Visiting Gor Mahia on Wednesday edged 10-man Sony Sugar 3-2 in a thrilling SportPesa Premier League match held at Moi stadium in Kisumu.

Substitute Nicholas Kipkirui netted K’Ogalo’s winning goal in the 77th minute from the spot after Maxwell Onyango was adjudged to have handled the box attempting a clearance.

Jacques Tuyisenge and Samuel Onyango also netted a goal a piece for Gor, while Sony’s goals were scored by Enoch Agwanda and Joshua Otieno.

Sony were reduced to 10 men deep in extra time after their goalkeeper Samuel Njau was shown a straight red card for handling the ball outside his area.

Sony were lucky not to have conceded early when Tuyisenge’s header hit the goalpost, before the defending champions failed to convert from three successive corner-kicks.

Agwanda troubled Gor’s defence with his 14th minute long throw-in, Joash Onyango coming to the rescue of the visitors with a timely clearance.

Agwanda fired the sugar millers ahead on the 20th minute with a long low drive from the right wing directed to the far right of the goalpost, an effort that Tuyisenge cancelled three minutes later.

The Rwandese connected to Erick Ombija’s shot pass inside the box from the left, to beat Sony’s goalkeeper Njau with a left-footed shot at the centre.

But, when K’Ogalo thought they were done with the danger, they found themselves trailing again just three minutes later after Otieno beat goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji with an ambitious effort to the left side of the goalpost.

The visitors then poured in front in search of an equaliser, their effort paying off on the 37th minute thanks to Onyango.

Tuyisenge latched on the ball inside Sony’s area, beat two green shirts, before finding an unmarked Onyango with a shot pass, the latter slotting home easily.

The hardworking Sony suffered a blow at the stroke of halftime after Robert Mudenya was stretched off injured and his place taken by Kennedy Owino.

Gor begun the second half more rejuvenated, Ugandan Shafik Batambuze forcing goalkeeper Njau to a 50th minute save, before Onyango failed to connect to a pass from the midfield.

A few moment later, Robert Achema tested Gor’s rear guard with a rising long range shot as the battle for maximum points intensified in the encounter.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay made a double substitution in the 57th minute, Nicholas Kipkirui taking the place of injured Tuyisenge, while Kenneth Muguna replaced Pascal Ogweno, his opposite number Odhiambo responding with the introduction of Daniel Otieno for Joshua Otieno.

Kipkirui scored K’Ogalo’s winning goal on the 77th minute from a controversial penalty that saw the match stopped for five minutes after Sony’s technical bench invaded to pitch to confront the referee after the decision to award Gor the penalty.

The confrontation saw Sony’s coach Patrick Odhiambo sent to the stands, as Agwanda stood in between the stick since Sony had exhausted their substitutions.

Gor Mahia edge Nzoia 2-1

Geoffrey Ochieng celebrates after scoring
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Gor Mahia once again shrugged off a congested fixture to beat Nzoia United 2-1. The goals came from Francis Mustafa and Geoffrey Ochieng.
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Champions Gor Mahia on Monday beat visiting Nzoia Sugar 2-1 in a league encounter at Moi Stadium in Kisumu to stretch their lead at the top of the SportPesa Premier League.

Hansel Ochieng fired Nzoia ahead from the spot on the 3rd minute, but it was short-lived as Francis Mustapha netted the equaliser three minutes later.

Geoffrey Ochieng netted K’Ogalo’swinning goal five minutes to end of normal time which takes their points tally to 41, five ahead of second-placed Sofapaka.

Gor’s head coach Hassan Oktay admitted the contest was tough, but said his charges should have won by a bigger margin.

“We knew the game was going to be tough and it was, but I think we should not win this way, we should score more goals,” said Oktay.

Nzoia’s Sugar tactician Vincent Sifuna said he was satisfied with the results, noting that his side gave their best.

“The game has been fine and I think the crowd has seen that that we are capable of beating Gor. It just a defensive lapse that cost us,” said coach Sifuna.

Ochieng swept Nzoia into the lead in the third minute from the spot after he was fouled by Wellington Ochieng inside the box. He beat Gor’s goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo with a high ball to left side of the goalpost.

But the visitors surrendered the lead just three minutes later as Mustafa netted the equaliser. The Burundian beat goalkeeper Humphrey Kahati with a high drive after a poor clearance by Nzoia’s defenders from Dennis Oliech’s attempt.

Oliech should have given K’Ogalo the lead on the 17th minute, but his rasping left-footed shot inside the box was parried for a fruitless corner-kick by goalkeeper Kahati. The former Kenyan International forward was on the offensive again two minutes later, but the effort was saved by visitors’ custodian.

Nzoia’s Stephen Etyang was involved in a another chance on the other end a few moments later, but he was intercepted rightly by the green shirts inside the box.

Goalkeeper Katasi reacted fast on the 31st minute to gather the ball at the face of Charles Momanyi, who had gone up to head a corner-kick delivery, before Peter Gin wasted Nzoia’s build-up a few yards from the host’s box.

Oktay made a double first-half substitution five minutes to the break, injured Cercidy Okeyo being replaced by Lawrence Juma, and Benard Ondiek was rested for Shafik Batambuze.

The visitors threatened early in the second half when Collins Wakhungu collected a loose ball on the right wing to send a rising strike, which was cleared by a green shirt inside the box, before they were denied a result by Geoffrey Ochieng after 54 minutes from a corner-kick.

Ochieng drew goalkeeper Odhiambo into action six minutes later with a low shot from the left wing as Nzoia looked determined to restore their lead.

Gor’s major attempt in the second half came in the 63rd minute when George “Blackberry” Odhiambo cleverly fed Geoffrey Ochieng, who had sneaked into the box, but the latter failed to beat Katasi from a one-on-one situation.

Looking to stretch their lead, Oktay sought the services of Ugandan forward Erisa Ssesesikambu in the 74th minute for Samuel Onyango, with coach Sifuna responding five minutes later with the introduction of Abraham Kipkogei for Ochieng.

Batambuze was unlucky with his long range attempt two minutes later as it went right into the waiting hands of goalkeeper Katasi, before Oliech attempt dipped over the crossbar.

Geoffrey Ochieng helped K’Ogalo bag maximum points in the 85th minute when he rose high to head low a free-kick delivery past a helpless Katasi.

Mustafa celebrates after scoring

Gor Mahia edge Kariobangi Sharks 2-1

Gor Mahia’s match to the top of the 2018-2019 league standings continued unabated when they beat Kariobangi Sharks 2-1 at Kisumu on Saturday. M

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The league’s MVP Eric Kapaito set the domestic cup holders on their way with a goal on 21 minutes but it was cancelled out by Lawrence Juma moments later, before Francis Kahata scored the winner on the stroke of halftime.

At Chemelil Sports Complex, Chemelil Sugar rallied from behind to edge Tusker by a similar scoreline.
Boniface Muchiri opened the scoring for Tusker in the 13th minute, before Lucas Waitere equalised for the hosts on 31 minutes. Musa Oundo netted Chemelil’s winning goal in the 40th minute from the spot after Clyde Senaji was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area.

At Moi Stadium, Gor coach Hassan Oktay was full of praise for his charges while admitting that it was a tough duel.

“The game was difficult even though we had many chances. We dominated and won which is very important to the team,” he said.

His opposite number William Muluya said his charges lost because they did not capitalise on their chances.

“Gor used their chances in the first half to beat us. We came back stronger but all they did was to manage the game,” said Muluya.

Coach Oktay overhauled his side with Kenneth Muguna being the only player given a starting role from the line-up that started against Zoo Kericho in Wednesday’s midweek clash. Gor won the match 4-0 in Kericho.

Sharks had the first open chance of the match on 13 minutes when first leg scorer Duke Abuya connected with a pass from the right wing but he failed to beat goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo in a one-on-one inside the box.

Eight minutes later, Kapaito broke the deadlock when he sent a low shot to the unguarded right side of K’Ogalo’s goalpost.

Gor almost responded immediately but Muguna’s strike inside the box after a brilliant dribble was blocked.

Sharks’ lead was short-lived as Juma found the back of the net three minutes after Kapaito’s opener. The latter latched onto a poor clearance from Philemon Otieno’s cross, to send a low drive past a helpless John Oyemba in Sharks goal.

Coach Muluya was forced to make a first-half substitution with Vincent Wasambo replacing the injured Athanas Moan.

Goalkeeper Oyemba made a brilliant save five minutes to the break when Nicholas Kipkirui played in Jacques Tuyisenge who raced to send a firece shot, which the shot stopper dived to punch over the crossbar for a fruitless corner-kick.

Gor then took the lead one minute to the break when the lively Kahata found the back of the net from outside the box with a volley which caught goalkeeper Oyemba by surprise.

Kapaito and Abuya combined well moments after the restart, but the danger was cleared by skipper Harun Shakava before Kahata missed a chance in the hour-mark from Kipkirui’s pass.

Oktay sought fresh energy upfront with Ugandan forward coming on for Kipkirui on 64 minutes, before Sharks responded in the 70th minute by resting Sydney Lokale for Nicholas Omondi.

K’Ogalo’s momentum in the clash looked to have reduced with Sharks crowding their half in search for a goal.

Tuyisenge could have bagged a third for Gor in the 75th minute, but he rushed and blasted the chance wide before Abuya’s effort two minutes later was ruled out for offside.

Abuya was not lucky again as his attempted first time finish inside the box blazed over the crossbar.

Gor Mahia hammer Zoo 4-0

Two goal hero: Dennis Oliech

Gor Mahia on Wednesday put aside issues concerning player departures to trounce Zoo Kericho 4-0 at Kericho Green stadium.
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Dennis Oliech struck twice as champions Gor Mahia hit Zoo Kericho 4-0 at the Kericho Green Stadium on Wednesday to keep their dream of retaining the SportPesa Premier League for a third straight year on course.

Kenneth Muguna broke the deadlock on 18 minutes before Oliech grabbed his first and Gor’s second two minutes later. Substitute Nicholas Kipkirui then stretched K’Ogalo’s lead on 79 minutes before Oliech completed his brace eight minutes from time.

Oliech and Zoo’s Danson Chetambe missed penalties during the match.

The win saw Gor move to second on 35 points, while Zoo are 17th on 16 points.

Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay said he was impressed by his side for not conceding.

“I am very happy because we won with a clean sheet, that is not easy because all teams give their best when playing against Gor Mahia,” said Oktay.

His counterpart Sammy Okoth admitted his side did not do enough in the match.

“We never played as we expected, we failed to create chances while our opponents created theirs and scored,” said Okoth.

Gor could have had a perfect start when Dennis Kawanga almost scored in his own net in the second minute after he fumbled while attempting to clear George “Blackberry” Odhiambo’s cross from the right wing.

Moments later, Gor goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji was forced to leave his line early to gather the ball inside his area, as Zoo looked to record their first ever win against the Kenyan giants.

SSEKISAMBU’S MISS

Ekisa Ssekisambu missed a chance to fire the champions ahead in the seventh minute when his shot from inside the box blazed over the crossbar, before Muguna broke the deadlock with a stunning free-kick from outside the area.

Oliech then stretched the visitor’s lead two minutes later when he connected to Muguna’s pass to beat Zoo’s goalkeeper Martin Elungat with a low shot.

The hosts came close to reducing the deficit but Kepher Ondati’s header from a corner-kick delivery was cleared, before Newton Ondari’s shot from the rebound a few moments later from outside the box went wide.

Danson Chetambe failed to beat Odhoji from the spot after Samuel Onyango handled the ball inside the box. Odhoji parried the latter’s heavy shot to the disappointment of the home supporters.

Gor would have killed the game deep in the first half but Odhiambo failed to convert from a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Elungat.

Ssekambu was not lucky again as Elungat parried his shot 10 minutes after the restart, the goalkeeper recovering in time to clear the danger as players from both side scrambled for the ball inside his area.

Oliech would have extended Gor’s advantage from the spot at the hour mark, but he blazed over the bar. Kawanga was the guilty green shirt as he fouled Ssekisambu inside the box.

Coach Oktay introduced former Zoo Kericho man Kipkirui five minutes later, the home fans cheering him on as he made his way into the pitch to replace Odhiambo.

And the forward made his former side feel his impact two minutes later after being fed by Oliech, evaded a green shirt inside the box to send a low shot which Elungat dealt with easily.

Kipkirui would then do what the home fans hoped he wouldn’t. Score. The 22-year-old found space inside Zoo’s half, raced to beat Elungat to the ball before scoring in an empty net. The striker didn’t celebrate.

And even before the dust settled, Oliech made amends for his penalty miss, as he connected on to cross from the left wing to beat Elungat with another low strike.

Kipkirui would have also scored a brace but Elungat denied him three minutes to time.

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.

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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.

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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.”