Tag: 2018 Kenya Premier League

13 Aug 18

Putting aside all the off the field unrest, Gor Mahia continued their surge towards the 2018 Kenya Premier League title, beating Kakamega Homeboyz 3-1. The goals came from Innocent Wafula, Francis Mustafa and Kevin Omondi.

Additional reporting from futaa.com
Innocent Wafula and Francis Mustapha scored two quick fire goals for Gor in the opening half before Benjamin Oketch pulled one back for Homeboyz in the second half but hopes of Homeboyz comeback were extinguished by Kevin Omondi with a last gasp goal.

Early chances

Fred Nkata’s charges were off the blocks from the onset and would have grabbed the lead inside the opening three minutes but Wycliffe Opondo’s header flew over the cross bar after Moses Mudavadi whipped in a dangerous cross. George Blackberry Odhiambo required treatment after colliding with the onrushing Gabriel Andika after Odhiambo was played through on goal but was flagged for offside in the 10th minute. Gor had their first real opening of the game in the 15th minute when Burundian Mustapha tested the palms of Andika with a ferocious shot from a Francis Kahata corner.

Homeboyz continued to press on for an opener with Festo Omukoto’s thunderbolt shot narrowly missing the mark after being set up by Eston Esiye. The new partnership between Blackberry and Mustapha almost yielded a goal in the 27th minute when Mustapha teed up Blackberry but the former Azam midfielder’s effort was gathered by Andika.

Two goal lead

Wellington Ochieng’s give and take pass with Innocent Wafula on the right flank resulted to a goal after Wafula drove in to guide his effort to the top right corner handing Dylan Kerr’s charges the lead in the 31st minute. Homeboyz were rocked with the goal and shipped in another after two minutes later with Mustapha banging his maiden KPL goal after Nzigiyimana played him through on goal. Gor went into the break with a two goal cushion.

After the resumption of the second half, Mustapha was withdrawn with Kevin Ade Omondi thrown into the foray. Nkata rolled his first dice in the 55th bringing in George Mandela for Evans Kiwanuka which was preceded by Masakidi Mata’s inclusion for Estone Esiye. Mata was straight into the thick of things, with his header going agonizingly wide off the cross bar from Mudavadi’s cross. Kerr made his second substitution, introducing Samuel Onyango for Nzigiyimana.

Homeboyz goal

New signing Benjamin Oketch from Chemelil Sugar pulled one back for Homeboyz in the 71st minute courtesy of sublime freekick that deflected off the K’Ogallo wall. In front of his home town fans Wellington produced a lung bursting run from his own half playing wall passes with Kahata and Blackberry but his impressive run was halted by Andika.

Ade goal

Substitute Ade put the game to bed ending Homeboyz hopes of snatching a point in the game when got into the score sheet in the 88th minute with a shot that found the roof of the net for a 3-1 lead. The match ended 3-1 in favour of Gor Mahia as they condemned Homeboyz to their fifth straight loss of the season.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji (GK), Wellington Ochieng, Joash Onyango, Haron Shakava, Karim Nzigiyimana (Samuel Onyango), Humphrey Mieno, Ernest Wendo, Francis Kahata, Innocent Wafula, George Odhiambo, Francis Mustafa (Kevin Omondi)

Subs: Fredrick Onyango, Charles Momanyi, Bernard Ondiek, Cercidy Okeyo, Lawrence Juma, Samuel Onyango, Kevin Omondi

Homeboyz Starting XI: Gabriel Andika (GK), Benjamin Oketch, Chikati Moses, Odhiambo Collins, Mauda Hedmond, Evans Kiwanuka (George Mandela), Festo Omukoto, Mudavadi Moses, Ali Bai, Opondo Wycliffe, Esiye Eston (Masakidi Mata)

Subs: Michael Wanyika, Wycliffe Anekeya, Andrew Kulecho, Benson Mutonyi, George Mandela, Mata Masakidi

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10 Aug 18

Relief for Kogalo fans came on Friday. After two sub par performances, Gor Mahia managed to beat Posta Rangers 2-1 at their home ground of Kisumu on Friday.

Additional Reporting from the Nation

Leaders Gor Mahia on Friday bounced back to winning ways with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Posta Rangers in the SportPesa Premier League at Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Jacques Tuyisenge and Francis Kahata scored a goal each to help K’Ogalo recover from their shock 2-1 loss to Bandari at Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa on Tuesday which brought to a halt their 22-match unbeaten streak in the league this term.

Cavin Odongo struck Rangers’ goal to set a nervy end to the encounter.

The 16-time Kenyan champions now top the standing on 59 points, 14 ahead of second-placed Bandari who dislodged Sofapaka the second spot following their win over Gor Mahia.

Meanwhile, the loss leaves Poster Rangers 10th on 31 points.

Gor Mahia’s head coach Dylan Kerr said the win was encouraging to his exhausted players.

“This was a wonderful game because the boys displayed quality football, it was very competitive and more of a battle because our opponents also played well,” said Kerr.

His counterpart Sammy Omollo blamed his side’s loss to poor goal keeping.

“This is the best game we have played against Gor Mahia but goalkeeper’s mistake from the set pieces cost us the match,” said Omollo, a former Kenyan international.

Still writhing from their first loss this year and looking to avoid a similar predicament, Gor came off the blocks fast.

George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo’s brilliant run on the left flank was cut out by Collins Omondi early on before Tuyisenge had the ball at the back of the net on sevens minutes but was rightly flagged offside.

The Rwandan striker Gor ahead five minutes later after Rangers players failed to clear Kahata’s delivery from a corner-kick.

The centre referee was then forced to caution Rangers defender Simon Mbugua for a cynical foul foul on George Odhiambo, who had left him for dead. Odhiambo’s shot from the resultant free-kick failed to hit the target.

With Gor attacking, Posta coach Omollo made a first half substitution with Peter Ochieng rested for Paul Odhiambo.

Luis Tera’s close range attempt for the Postmen on 22 minutes went straight into the hands of Boniface Oluoch before Joseph Nyaga’s effort on 34 minutes was also saved by the goalkeeper.

Gearson Likono thought he had levelled matters two minutes after the breather, but even after beating Oluoch in Gor’s goal, his effort was cleared off the line by Philemon Otieno.

The champions made their first substitution on 51 minutes with coach Kerr resting Tuyisenge, who was limping, for midfielder Lawrence Juma.

Kahata then doubled Gor’s advantage four minutes later with a stunning free-kick after being fouled on the left wing, in what was a disappointment to Rangers who had looked the better side in the early minutes of second half.

Gor made their second change in the 67th minute with Cercidy Okeyo coming in for Francis Mustafa as injured Oluoch was also replaced by Shaban Odhoji six minutes later.

Odongo netted Rangers goal with nine minutes to time, after reacting fast to bury a rebound from Likono’s powerful shot that had hit the cross-bar.

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7 Aug 18

Mieno in action against Bandari

Gor Mahia’s unbeaten in 2018 is now over. This after they went down 2-1 to Bandari at Mbaraki on Tuesday.  Gor Mahia found themselves 2-0 down at halftime before Jacque Tuyisenge pulled one back.

Additional reporting from Capital Sports
Heading into the tie, Gor boss Dylan Kerr fielded his strongest 11 having been given a scare in a 2-2 draw against Nakumatt over the weekend. The only difference was keeper SHabaan Odhoji who stepped in ahead of Boniface Oluoch who remains sidelined.

Ernest Wendo returned for the first time since the CECAFA Kagame Cup where he limped off with a hamstring strain and he partnered Humphrey Mieno in midfield.

K’Ogalo were shocked early with Guya heading the home side into the lead turning in a corner after 11 minutes, sending the home fans into frenzy while the green army of K’Ogalo was sent into stunned silence.

But the league leaders kept pushing hoping they would get the steering wheel back with Godfrey Walusimbi and George Odhiambo making inroads on the left, but their industry didn’t provide much for the forwards led by Francis Mustafa.

It was Bandari however who would get their party going, Congolese import Yema Mwana sending them 2-0 up after 35 minutes.

The hosts should have added another one few minutes later when Darius Msagha broke off on the counter from the right beating Walusimbi to face Odhoji one on one, but he could not get the ball past the keeper with Mwana screaming for the ball in a better position.

Gor came back with determined hearts in the second half, looking to salvage their invincibility with at least a point.

Harun Shakava was the first to have a go at goal with a 65th minute stinging freekick from range but Bandari keeper Faruk Shikhalo proved equal to the task making a decent save.

From another set piece, this time taken by Francis Kahata, Gor had a chance to get the scoring on but the effort curled beyond the wall but wide.

Gor ultimately pulled one back through Jacques Tuyisenge in the 77th minute, but it was too little too late as Bandari managed to hold their own and get the three points.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men for the final few minutes of the game when Fred Nkata was given his marching orders for a second yellow card. Coach Mwalala made a change bringing in Siraj Mohammed to fill in the void at left back.

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4 Aug 18

Boniface Omondi challenges Timonah Wanyonyi of Nakumatt

The freight train that Is Gor Mahia was temporarily slowed down by Nakumatt at Machakos stadium. Kogalo were held 2-2. The goals came from Ephrem Guikan(32) and Boniface Omondi(72)

Additional reporting from the Nation

Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan’s 34th minute opener was cancelled out by Joe Waithira goal on 64 minutes before Boniface Omondi restored Gor’s lead in the 72nd minute.

Substitute Jacob Faina struck at the death to draw Nakumatt level, leaving Gor Mahia fans that had turned up for the match stunned.

However, it was the return of Burundian right back Karim Nizigiyimana after almost eight months out nursing an injury that eclipsed the proceedings on the pitch, after he replaced birthday boy Kevin “Ade” Omondi with six minutes to go.

The draw, which was Gor’s fifth in 22 league matches this term, leaves the champions 16 points clear of second-placed Sofapaka while Nakumatt now have 29 points after 25 matches.

The travel-weary Gor have three games in the next seven days against Bandari (Tuesday), Posta Rangers (Friday) and Chemelil Sugar (Sunday) while Nakumatt visit AFC Leopards.

“It’s hard luck, we did everything we could to get a win in vain, we keep the focus heading into the next match,” said Gor midfielder Philemon Otieno, who was handed the armband in the absence of skipper Harun Shakava.

Nakumatt coach Medo Melis hailed his charges for their fighting spirit.

“We deserved to win, tactically both teams were superb and we lost a lot of scoring chances in the first half. We need to work on our finishing,” said the Egyptian-born American.

Gor Mahia XI: Shaban Odhoji, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Joash Onyango, Wesley Onguso, Bonface Omondi, Samuel Onyango, Lawrence Juma, Philemon Otieno, Kevin Omondi and Ephrem Guikan.

Subs: Francis Mustafa, Fredrick Odhiambo (GK), Eliud Lokuwam, Bernard Ondiek, Raphael Osudi, Cercidy Okeyo and Karim Nizigiyimana.

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1 Aug 18

Before the match
Image courtesy of Felix Ochii

Kogalo returned to local action with a bang, beating Kariobangi Sharks 3-0 at Kisumu stadium on Wednesday. The goals came from a own goal by Sharks defender Shiveka, a second goal by Kevin Omondi and a third by Lawrence Juma.

Additional Reporting from futaa.com

A more relaxed Sharks went down in the 25th minute when Geoffrey Shiveka headed into his own as he tried to clear a lobed ball by Francis Kahata. Sharks, before the unfortunate own goal, had thwarted earlier attacks launched by Ephrem Guikan and Lawrence Juma. The Guikan and Juma chances came thick and fast in the 10th and 11th minutes.

Sharks had their open chance in the 19th minute when Eric Kapaito was through on goal but was brought down by Ondiek. The resultant free-kick was fruitless too as Shiveka directed the ball way above the bar.

Juma set up Guikan after a fine run from midfield but the Ivorian handled the ball inside Sharks area five minutes to the first break and there he wasted an open chance for Gor to double their lead. A sublime Kahata cross veered off the goal mouth begging for someone to tap in but no one for the home side was there to tap it home in the 44th minute. Michael Bodo got the first yellow card of the day after bringing down Juma who was engineering a counterattack by K’Ogalo inside the one added minute.

Henry Juma almost made his impact felt after replacing Harisson Mwendwa in the 65th minute. He tested Odhoji with along range shot that Gor Mahia’s custodian had to stretch and punch the ball back into play. Odhoji was called to action once more when he parried Bolton Omwenga’s shot over the bar for a corner. Inside the last twenty minutes, Sharks showed the intent of finding an equalizer but the league leaders stood firm.

Within a minute of introduction, Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi scored the second goal for Gor in the 76th minute. He collected a cool pass from Juma and just lobed it over the young Sharks goalkeeper; Brian Bwire. Juma, who was signed from Nzoia Sugar early this year, got himself on to the scoresheet on the 85th minute when he collected a cut-back cross from Innocent Wafula.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Innocent Wafula, Harun Shakava, Charles Momanyi, Godfrey Walusimbi (Wellington Ochieng), Bernard Ondiek, Cercidy Okeyo (Kevin Omondi), Lawrence Juma, Francis Kahata, Ephrem Guikan (Joash Onyango), Boniface Omondi.

Unused subs: Peter Odhiambo, Wesley Onguso, Samwel Onyango, Raphael Asudi.

Kariobangi Sharks Starting XI: Brian Bwire, Pascal Ogweno, Geofrey Shiveka,(C) Bolton Omwenga, Michael Bodo Patilah Omoto Sven Yidah, Harrison Mwendwa ( Henry Juma.), Shaphan Oyugi ( Sydney Simale), Duke Abuya Eric Kapaito (Ebrima Sanneh)

Unused subs:  Gad Mathews, Francis Manoah, Wycliffe Otieno, Vincent Wasambo.

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29 Jun 18

Gor Mahia continued with their superb performance in the 2018 Kenya Premier League when they beat SoNy Sugar 1-0 at Moi stadium Kisumu on Friday

Additional reporting from futaa.com

Gor Mahia has defeated Sony Sugar 1-0 at Moi Stadium, Kisumu to go fifteen points clear at the top of the league table.

A good combination between Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge saw the later power Gor Mahia ahead in the 50th minute. Tuyisenge had missed a fabulous chance to score the first goal of the match in the 47th minute when he fumbled the ball from Walusimbi inside the box.

Enock Agwanda’s surge was stopped in the 35th minute when Shaban Odhoji left his line to intercept the former Gor forward. Sony felt that the keeper had handled the ball outside his box and demanded that Odhoji be penalized for that. He was only given a yellow card and that irked Sony’s bench. Patrick Odhiambo, Sony’s coach is allegedly said to have uttered unpleasant words to the fourth official. The center referee was notified and he reacted by sending Odhiambo to the stands. He reversed his judgment almost a minute later and the coach came down to the touchline once more.

Collins Netto was denied by the posts when he sent a fierce shot outside the box in the 46th minute. His ambitious long range was the first real chance inside the second stanza.

Sony looked rejuvenated inside the last five minutes of regular time and Odhoji denying Agwanda twice. Dylan Kerr responded to Sony’s pressure by introducing Humphrey Mieno in place of Philemon Oteino.

Tuyisenge’s goal has made him the club’s top scorer for now with ten goals, two more than Meddie Kagere who has left to join Simba of Tanzania.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Innocent Wafula, Godfrey Walusimbi, Joash Onyango, Charles Momanyi, Ernest Wendo, Lawrence Juma (Boniface Omondi), Philemon Otieno (Humphrey Mieno), Jacques Tuyisenge, Francis Kahata, George Odhiambo.

Unused subs: Boniface Oluoch, Harun Shakava, Bernard Ondiek, Samuel Onyango, Kevin Omondi.

Sony Sugar FC Starting XI: Kevin Omondi, Bernard Omondi, Michael Apudo, Martin Pamba, Robert Mudenyu, Fredrick Onyango, Maxwell Onyango (Stephen Onyango), Tobias Otieno, Enock Agwanda, Meshack Karani (David Mwang), Collins Neto (Clinton Omondi, ).

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26 Jun 18

Innocent Wafula in action against Posta Rangers

Undeterred by the departure of Meddie Kagere, Gor Mahia continued their unstoppable march in the 2018 Kenya Premier League when they hammered Posta Rangers 5-0.

George Odhiambo found the back of the net twice while Jacque Tuyisenge, Ephrem Guikan and Lawrence Juma provided the other goals.

Gor Mahia are now 12 points clear of second placed Sofapaka with two matches to spare.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia’s head coach Dylan Kerr said he was happy with the win, noting that it was a clear indication that the departure of Kagere will not affect his side.

“He (Kagere) is history and I do not want to talk about him now. He was not part of us today but we have won by a huge margin, his departure will not affect us at all,” said Kerr.

Odhiambo should have fired Gor ahead in the 10th minute, but his left-footed shot inside the box went wide by few inches.

The postmen were reduced to 10 men three minutes later after dformer Tusker man Joackins Atudo was sent off for handling the ball inside his danger area, with Tuyisenge beating Bonface Baraza from the resulting penalty.

Posta survived a few minutes later after Tuyisenge cleverly found Francis Kahata with a back pass on the left flank and the latter sent a dangerous cross to Ephrem Guikan, but Baraza was alert to keep out the danger.

Rangers won a free-kick deep inside Gor’s half but Gershon Likono smashed the ball wide, before Tuyisenge was denied by the cross bar a few minutes later, with Achesa clearing the ball to safety.

Center referee Wilston Otieno ruled out Harun Shakava’s 33rd minute goal for offside, before Guikan buried in a header past a helpless Baraza four minutes later to stretch his side’s lead.

The visitors made a first half substitution with coach Sammy Omollo resting Likono for Suleiman Ngatho.

Gor went in search of more goals as they begun the second half strongly, creating two early chances that were well dealt with by Rangers’ defenders.

They were however breached as Odhiambo netted K’Ogalo’s third goal in the 52nd minute after Baraza spilled Tuyisenge’s high drive from the right flank.

Lawrence Juma replaced Guikan, who looked to have sustain a knee injury, from a collision with Baraza.

Tuyisenge almost scored his third and fourth for Gor again with a header in the 72nd minute, but Baraza parried the ball wide for a corner kick.

Odhiambo scored his second and fourth for Gor in the 81st minute with a low strike on the left side, before substitute Juma sealed his side’s victory with another low drive five minutes later.

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23 Jun 18

Mieno and Blackberry congratulate Kahata

Gor Mahia’s fine form in the 2018 Kenya Premier League continued on Saturday when they recorded an impressive 2-0 win over Ulinzi at Afraha stadium. Impressive because Ulinzi stars has been one of the sides that has been difficult to beat. Last season they forced a 2-2 draw at Kisumu. This time however Gor Mahia took command with Francis Kahata and Jacque Tuyisenge scoring in the 12th and 86th minute respectively.

Coach Dylan Kerr credited his players for always remaining focused and battling.

Every team wants to be the first to beat Gor Mahia and therefore there are no easy matches for us. We knew this coming into this match and expected a tough match. We made a couple of basic errors and gave them chances. We got a goal early on and that calmed things down. We’ve had a tough week and to be honest my players looked jaded – they really battled for the points and credit goes out to them. – said Kerr after the match.

Ulinzi coach, Dunstan Nyaudo, who is a former Gor Mahia player, rued missed chances.
“We had a good game and created very many chances that we unfortunately did not convert. Gor Mahia got several and made use of theirs and that is what made the difference. My defenders also lost concentration especially towards the end of the match and we were punished for it.” – said Nyaudo

Additional reporting from futaa.com
Masuta Masita missed two glorious chances to steer Ulinzi ahead in the 4th and 6th minutes. Joash Onyango could not clear the ball as the home team pumped into Gor Mahia’s area.

Francis Kahata punished the soldiers in the 12th minute as he slotted home from close range. George Odhiambo ran down the right flank to deliver the ball and he took his time to beat the advancing Jacktone Odhiambo. Kahata was left with the easiest of options of tapping in to score his third goal of the season.

A tepid first fifteen minutes saw Ernest Wendo pick the first yellow card after a bad challenge on Bernard Ongoma. The visitors, although ahead goal wise, lost the ball rather easily with Elvis Nadwa beating Godfrey Walusimbi twice on the left flank. All the Ulinzi efforts were not rewarded as their finishing was not as clinical as to bring the much-sorted goal.

A rough collision between Meddie Kagere saw the Ulinzi man bleed from the mouth as the Rwandan elbowed him. The referee did not punish the Gor Mahia’s top striker though as Ongoma went out to receive treatment before resuming the action.

Hassan Mohamed was unlucky to be denied by the bar after he lobbed a long-range ball over Boniface Oluoch in the 57th minute. Philemon Otieno just cleared from the line as everyone in the white shirt looked beaten when Ulinzi invaded Gor’s area in the 62nd minute. George Omondi had launched a swift counter attack from the home side left flank as an equalizing goal for Ulinzi looked all but elusive.


Both Elijah Mwanzia and Omar Boraafya were handed their debuts. Jacques Tuyisenge scored the second goal for the league defending champions from a corner kick. Defensive errors handed Gor the winning goal to stretch their points to forty-three.

Ulinzi Stars Starting XI: Jacktone Odhiambo (GK), Cylus Shitote, Omar Mbongi, George Omondi, Hassan Mohamed (C) Bernard Ongoma, John Kago, Daniel Waweru (Cliff Kasuti), Elvis Nandwa (Elijah Mwanzia), Masita Masuta, Michael Otieno (Omar Boraafya).

Unused subs: Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Hamisi Abdalla, Geoffrey Kokoyo, Ibrahim Shambi.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Godfrey Walusimbi, Joash Onyango, Harun Shakava (C), Ernest Wendo, Francis Kahata, Humphrey Mieno, Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere, George Odhiambo ( Lawrence Juma).

Unused subs: Shaaban Odhoji (GK), Wesley Onguso, Bernard Ondiek, Sammy Onyango, Ephrem Guikan

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17 Jun 18

Gor Mahia’s brilliant run in the 2018 Kenya Premier League continued when they trounced Nzoia Sugar 3-1 at Kisumu on Sunday. Jacque Tuyisenge scored twice in the 33rd and 60th minutes. Humphrey Mieno scored in the 48th minute. Nzoia grabbed a consolation goal in the last minute of the match.

Additional reporting from the Standard

It took Jacques Tuyisenge half an hour to score his sixth goal of the season as he scored the opener against visiting Nzoia. The Rwandan had earlier wasted an open chance when Ernest Wendo set him free in the area. Tuyisenge failed to beat Mangala on a one-one situation with the Nzoia keeper grabbing the ball before the forward unleashed a close-range shot.

Nzoia had their chances also in the first half with the first notable chance falling on Nzano’s path but the midfielder failed to control the ball after receiving a fine cross from Luke Namanda. The Millers continuous attacks saw them register a back to back free kicks in the 8th and  10th minute. Elvis Rupia was fouled in the first instance by Harun Shakava before Bryan Otieno was brought down by Wendo. Both free kicks were not successfully converted by the Millers.

George Odhiambo was also culpable of squandering another wonderful chance for Gor Mahia after he shot wide as he tried to lobe the ball over Mangala. It is Boniface Omondi brought in the pass that Blackberry failed to score from.

Mieno scored his second goal for the defending champions in the 47th minute when he headed in a corner delivered equally powerful corner by Blackberry. Mieno scored his debut goal in the 2-2 draw against Chemelil Sugar at Kericho Green Stadium on April 25th.

Kagere helpful hand

Meddie Kagere played a wonderful ball to his compatriot Tuyisenge, who did not waste time and chance to bag his brace as he headed the ball with complete composure. The forward has now scored seven goals equal to Ulinzi Stars’ Masita Masuta and Cliff Nyakeya for Mathare United.

Otieno headed in from a free kick to hand Nzoia the only consoling goal.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Harun Shakava ( Joachim Oluoch), Joash Onyango, Godfrey Walusimbi, Humphrey Mieno, Ernest Wendo, Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere, George Odhiambo (Ephrem Guikan), Boniface Omondi ( Lawrence Juma).

Unused subs: Shaban Odhoji, Innocent Wafula, Francis Kahata, Bernard Ondiek.

Nzoia Sugar Starting XI; 39. Benson Mangala 26. Festus Okiring 16. Hillary Wandera28. Brian Otieno 22. Elvis Ronack 04. Peter Gin (18. Patrick Kwitonda ) 12. Luke Namanda02. Stephen Wakanya 33. Elvis Rupia 08. Edgar Nzano (c) 09. David Odhiambo.

Unused subs:15. Humphrey Katasi 05. Edwin Wafula 24. Tom Teka 25. Dennis Wanjala 13. Kevin Juma 30. George Mutimba.G

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14 Jun 18

Gor Mahia continued their amazing run in 2018 with a 4-0 demolition of bottom side Wazito at Kisumu on Wednesday.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Champions Gor Mahia consolidated their lead at the helm of the SportPesa Premier League with a 4-0 demolition of newcomers Wazito FC in a mid-week SportPesa Premier League match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Wednesday.

Gor, who comfortably defended their SportPesa Super Cup over the weekend to book a date with Everton at Goodison Park next month, have now accumulated 37 points from 15 matches, while Wazito remain bottom on 17 points after 19 matches.

Boniface Omondi grabbed a brace while on-form striker Meddie Kagere and Francis Kahata scored a goal each in a clash that the 16-time Kenyan champions dominated.

“It is a big win for us as a team and our fans. Again we played very well and we are happy with the win. We are focusing on our next match and we want to win always and make our fans happy,” said Gor’s coach Dylan Kerr.

Kagere picked from where he left in the just ended Super Cup where he won the golden boot, as he fired K’Ogalo ahead after just two minutes into play with a header after being put through by Innocent Wafula from the right.

Immediately after the goal, Wazito made an attempt to restore parity through Samson Ndegwa, but he failed to hit the target with his shot going wide, before Ricky Onimbo was forced to clear to safety with Jacques Tuyisenge lurking.

Wazito goalkeeper Philip Odhiambo responded fast to deny Kagere his second goal and he immediately released David Oswe on the right flank, who then put through Joakim Omollo, but his cross inside Gor Mahia’s box was also cleared for a corner by Joash Odhiambo.

The resulting corner-kick bore nothing for the home side as Odhiambo headed clear.

Kahata then thrilled the fans with a beautiful move at the centre area before he released Godfrey Walusimbi on the left flank, but the Ugandan’s attempt from the tight angle went wide.

Goalkeeper Odhiambo’s mistake to get out of his area almost gifted Gor a second goal as Wafula easily beat him to deliver a dangerous pass to Boniface Omondi, but his effort could only manage the side netting.

Omondi netted Gor’s second goal in the 28th minute with a powerful strike from outside the edge of the box after he beat Isaac Otieno.

Both sides made first half changes with Wazito bringing on Erick Ochieng for Anthony Njeru, while Benard Ondiek replaced Humphrey Mieno for Gor Mahia.

Kagere’s second goal in the 35th minute was ruled out after he fouled goalkeeper Odhiambo who had gone high to gather the ball.

Wazito failed to capitalise on another corner kick which came a few minutes into the second half and Gor launched a counter attack, but Odhiambo was disposed of possession by Onimbo just when he was preparing to shoot.

Kahata placed Kerr’s charges three goals up in the 53rd minute with the simplest of finishes via Wafula’s cross from the right wing.

Another chance for Wazito to reduce the deficit came in the 64th minute when Gor captain Harun Shakava fouled substitute Ochieng at the edge of the box, but Boniface Oluoch easily saved Omollo’s shot.

Gor were then denied by the crossbar before they wasted two successive chances that came their way.

Ivorian Ephrem Guikan, who had replaced Tuyisenge, was not lucky as his finish sailed just wide.

Gor continued piling pressure on their opponents and Guikan managed to cut through Wazito’s defence in extra time to supply Odhiambo, who made no mistake with a low shot that found the back of the net.

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