Gor Mahia held by Western Stima 1-1

Samuel Onyango in action against Stima

Gor Mahia’s 2019-2020 league campaign once again veered off track when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Western Stima at Kisumu on Wednesday. Gor Mahia’s goal was scored by Clifford Miheso. But disaster had stuck earlier in the 10th minute when Joash Onyango was sent off for fouling Benson Omalla. Which means Gor Mahia had to play most of the match with 10 men.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia Wednesday settled for a 1-1 draw with Western Stima in a Kenyan Premier League match at Moi Stadium, Kisumu.

Both sides finished the match with 10 men in the fiercely contested clash after Joash Onyango (Gor) and Oramchan Villa (Stima) were sent off.

Gor remain top with 45 points from 20 matches while Western Stima are still seventh with 32 points.

“The draw is okay considering we were playing most of the match with 10 men so I’m quite okay with how the boys played after the red card,” said Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack.

“I’m okay with the results as a draw is better than a loss,” said Western Stima coach Salim Babu.

The match was off to a slow start as neither side settled in the early exchanges.

Gor suffered a setback in the 12th minute when their defender Joash Onyango was red carded after hacking down goal-bound teenage sensation Benson Omala.

Polack introduced Joachim Oluoch for Geoffrey Ochieng in the 18th minute in what was a tactical move to counter the numerical disadvantage.

After a goalless first half, K’Ogalo grabbed the lead against the run of play when Cliffton Miheso lobbed Stima goalkeeper John Mwangi in the 52nd minute.

Babu responded by resting Chamberi Wankuru for Henry Onyango tow minutes later. And Stima got the equaliser in the 65th minute through Villa who beat Gor keeper Bonface Oluoch with a low shot.

Stima’s goal irked Gor supporters as they argued that Villa was offside.

“I believe the officials were not fair enough in today’s game but we can do nothing but accept the outcome,” said Polack.

Villa turned from hero to villain when he was sent off for a nasty sliding tackle on Gor midfielder Lawrence Juma.

Gor had a late chance to win the game but Juma shot straight at Mwangi.

Gor Mahia go down to Sofapaka 3-1

Muguna in action against Sofapaka

Gor Mahia’s march to the 2019-2020 Kenya Premier League title was slowed down on Saturday at Narok when they went down 3-1 to Sofapaka.

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Sofapaka got their revenge in Narok after stunning Gor Mahia 3-1 in a Kenyan Premier League clash played on Saturday 8th.

High flying Sofapaka got themselves ahead seconds after kick-off with a brilliant header from Chinonso. However, Samuel Onyango leveled the scores in the 15th minute. In the second half, John Baraza’s men had a brilliant display and restored their lead through Chinonso who grabbed his brace. Minutes to stoppage time Ikekhai Sunday’s stunning goal put the game beyond Gor Mahia’s reach.

Chinonso opener
Sofapaka took the lead inside 28 seconds of play through Promise Chinonso who headed in a cross from close range. Gor Mahia lost the possession after kick and Sofapaka took the chance to counter, Esieche had the ball on the left before delivering a searching pass to Chinonso, who made no mistake by nodding home to hand his side an early lead.

K’Ogalo were on a mission to respond after going down early. Confusion at the back saw Juma Balinya get the ball outside the 18 area, he took a shot which was parried by Richard Aimo with the ball hitting the post.

Equalizer
Gor Mahia found the equalizer in the 15th minute from a corner. Kenneth Muguna stepped up to deliver a corner that met Samuel Onyango who was in between two Sofapaka defenders and the Green Army were level.

Another attack from the men in green was on the cards, Balinya had the ball on the right, delivered a searching pass to Onyango, who was left one on one with the keeper but failed to beat Aimo from close range.

Chinonso brace
In the second half, Sofapaka were controlling the match, making a number of attempts with Gor Mahia forced to clear the ball from the line twice. In the 55th minute, Sofapaka restored their lead through Chinonso. Captain Asieche delivered a beautiful corner that was headed in by unmarked Chinonso.

Ikekhai stunner
With 6 minutes remaining to stoppage time, Sofapaka grabbed the third goal and it was an absolute stunner. The hosts had a throw-in on the right side, Gor’s defence failed to clear the danger fully with the ball landing on Ikekhai Sunday’s leg. He took a touch before unleashing a hard shot that beat Mapigano.

Gor Mahia trounce Nzoia Sugar 3-0

Juma Balinya scored a brace on his full debut as Gor Mahia consolidated their lead atop the league with a 3-0 win over Nzoia Sugar.

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Ugandan Juma Balinya on Sunday opened his accounts at Gor Mahia, scoring a brace as the defending champions thumped Nzoia Sugar 3-0 to maintain their lead at the top of the Kenya Premier League (KPL).

Captain Kenneth Muguna was K’Ogalo’s other scorer in the entertaining match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Gor have now won their last three matches and remain atop the table on 44 points, while Nzoia Sugar are still in the danger of being relegated, as after 19matches, they have only accumulated 11 points.

Gor ‘s coach Steven Polack was full of praise for Balinya saying, “There is no better way to make your full debut than score a brace. I gave him more time to score a hat-trick, unfortunately he got tired. But I am very happy of his performance.”

Nzoia Sugar’s coach Collins Omondi said his side failed to utilise their chances well.

“We had a few chances, but we were very poor in converting. The shots were very weak to trouble their goalkeeper,” said Omondi.

Gor Mahia edge Sofapaka 2-1

Debutant: Balinya

Gor Mahia rocketed back to the top of the standings with a 2-1 win over Sofapaka at Kisumu stadium on Wednesday.

Additional reporting from soka.co.ke

Gor Mahia FC were 2-1 winners over Sofapaka FC in a rescheduled Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at the Moi Stadium from 4 pm, a result that takes them back to the summit of the KPL table standings from 17 matches.

Getting their goals through midfielders Lawrence Juma and Kenneth Muguna, Gor thwarted any attempt at a comeback even with Jaden Nana getting one for Sofapaka.

Gor Mahia started strongly in the match, with two clear chances in the opening ten minutes. Boniface Omondi and Clifton Miheso had their efforts on target but had the defensive efforts of Willis Ouma deny them an early lead.

In the 12th minute, however, the hosts would go up. Lawrence Juma was primely positioned for a Boniface Omondi pass and this he buried. As expected, this rattled Batoto Ba Mungu, and their fightback began immediately. Jaden Nana would be the one to restore parity 6 minutes after Gor’s opener. Clearing up the mess from Kepha Aswani’s initial shot, Nana made no mistake making it 1-1.

The two teams would go into the break tied.

Skippering Sofapaka on the day, Elli Asieche wanted his presence felt and had a spirited chase for Sofa’s second three minutes after the resumption but David Mapigano in goal for Gor Mahia could hear none of it.

The first change of the tie would come in the 55th minute when left-back Thomas Wainaina was rested for striker Collins Wakhungu. Sofapaka clearly wanted all the spoils. The tide was to swing in Gor’s favour however when in the 63rd minute, Kenneth Muguna struck after being set-up by Samuel Onyango.

Brian Nyakan was Sofa’s second roll of the dice and he took David Simiyu’s place.

With four minutes of regular time left, Nyakan rose to meet Titus Achesa’s cross and heading it home, found Mapigano astute in between the sticks. The Gor Mahia keeper had closed shop and no more goals would be scored in the tie.

The champions kept their 2-1 lead till full time, a result that takes them back to the top of the Kenyan Premier League table.

Polack confident of beating Bandari

Samuel Onyango scored against Bandari in November last year

The 2019-2020 season is proving to be a difficult one. Gor Mahia has faced the adversity of losing its short sponsor, not having a convenient home ground, lower gate proceeds as well as the loss of other revenues like TV revenues. As a result is that the club has lost key players while other teams have gained ins strength.  The net result is that the league is proving tougher as the gap between Gor Mahia and other teams has been reduced to almost nothing and the player depth that the club has always had, is dimished.

Against this backdrop, Gor Mahia will resume their league campaign on Saturday January 25 against Bandari. The dockers are looking to put their campaign back on track. A string of bad results caused coach Bernard Mwalala hos job. Veteran coach Twahir Muhiddin is now the caretaker coach and his first order of business is to keep his charges from putting themselves under pressure.

“Gor Mahia game is just a normal game and we hope for the best as the boys have also regained their fighting spirit,” Muhiddin told goal.com

Bandari are in high spirits after winning a midweek friendly against Omax by a score of 7-0

His colleague Stephen Polack knows that another loss will send alarm bells ringing. But he is happy that for once, the team has had a good week of training.

I always play to win and I will play to win against them on Saturday. The league is difficult and every team playing against Gor Mahia is trying to beat us but I know we trained well this week and everything is looking fine, we are ready to beat them.”  said Polack to goal.com

Polack also confirmed to goal.com that Wellington Ochieng is back from long term injury

“[Wellington] is back, he is also training but I have to give him some time to see how he responds, but so far he has not complained of any pain,” Polack continued. “I don’t think I will have him ready for the weekend match against Bandari, that might be too soon for him but he looks good and soon he will get a starting role.” said Polack

When given a chance to work with the whole team, Polack has proven to be an astute coach. Kogalo. When these two teams last met in November, Gor Mahia won 2-0.

Gor Mahia hammer Chemelil 4-0

Gor Mahia’s aspirations for winning the 2019-2020 Kenya Premier League are back on track.  This after they beat relegation candidates Chemelil Sugar 4-0. Goals came from Samuel Onyango who scored a brace,  Nicholas Kipkirui and Boniface Omondi.

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Gor Mahia on Wednesday bounced back to winning ways with a 4-0 victory over struggling Chemelil Sugar 4-0 in their rescheduled Kenyan Premier League match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

The win saw Gor Mahia trim the lead between them and leaders Tusker to just two points although K’Ogalo have two more games in hand.

Samuel Onyango scored a brace while Boniface Omondi and Nicholas Kipkirui were on target for the defending champions at the 21st, 47th, 71st and 73rd minutes respectively.

The result leaves K’Ogalo third on the pile with 35 points drawn from 15 matches, while the Millers are bottom on the table with four points drawn from 17 matches.

“We are happy to have won this match having lost over the weekend to Kakamega Homeboyz, and are optimistic that will go back to the top,” said Gor coach Steven Polack.

His opposite number Charles Odero blamed the loss on the financial troubles the team is facing.

“We had very few players turning up for training sessions and this greatly affected the outcome of the match,” said Odera.

Gor threatened first in the second minute through Clifton Miheso who sent a pass from the left wing to Kenneth Muguna but his attempts was blocked, before Chemelil cleared their lines.

MIHESO WASTES CHANCE

In the sixth minute, Muguna found Samuel Onyango inside the area but the former Ulinzi Stars man was penalised for a foul.

Miheso wasted a chance four minutes later when his shot from the left wing missed the net by inches.

Samuel Onyango then put K’Ogalo ahead on 21 minutes when he found the back of the net with a right footed shot.

Bernard Ondiek could have made it 2-0 in favour of Gor, but his headed effort from Muguna’s cross went wide at the half-hour mark.

Samuel Onyango then made it 2-0 for Gor two minutes after the restart when he capitalised on poor communication between custodian Daniel Kiptoo and Timothy Omondi, sending the K’Ogalo fans in the stands into a frenzy.

Polack then introduced Boniface Omondi for the jaded Ondiek and the impact was almost immediate. Omondi latched onto a good pass from Kipkirui before slotting home past Kiptoo. Before the dust could settle, Kipkirui put his name on the scoresheet to put the score beyond doubt.
 

Gor Mahia go down to Kakamega Homeboyz 2-1

Gor Mahia suffered a surprise defeat, going down 2-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz at Bukhungu on Sunday. Gor Mahia’s goal was scored by Nicholas Kipkirui

Additional reporting from the Nation

Kakamega Homeboyz beat reigning champions Gor Mahia 2-1 for the first time in their history in a Kenya Premier League match at Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega on Sunday.

Shami Kibwana and Ali Bhai each scored in either half to hand the host the important win, while Nicholas Kipkurui scored the lone goal for Gor, who were handed their second defeat of the season.

K’Ogalo looked exhausted during the match having travelled to Kakamega the same day and Homeboyz outclassed them in the entire match.

Kibwana scored in the 20th minute after receiving a long pass from David Odhiambo then moved past Gor Mahia defenders to fire a low shot past goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch.

Kipkurui levelled matters for K’Ogalo five minutes to half time through a free header after a loose ball from captain Kenneth Miguna.

Six minutes after the hour mark, the hosts goal keeper Gabriel Andika kicked a long ball to Allan Wanga, who navigated through K’Ogalo’s defence then released the ball to Ali Bai to fire a strong shot past Oluoch.

The result leaves Kakamega Homeboyz in the third position with 36 points, while Gor drops to fourth on 32 points having played four games less than league leaders Tusker.

Meanwhile, ugly scenes were witnessed before the match kick-off when Gor Mahia fans mercilessly beat Nation Sport reporter Titus Maero.

Maero, who was to cover the match, was thrown out of the stadium as K’Ogalo fans turned their anger on Kakamega Homeboyz fans and stewards.

“I had to run for my dear life and jump over the fence. They rained kicks and blows on me while some aimed clubs on my head. Police just watched and some even ran a way out of fear,” narrated a devastated Maero.

He said the fans alleged that he had posted a photo of Nzoia Sugar FC fans celebrating after beating Gor Mahia in one of the Facebook groups last year, an action vehemently he denied

Gor Mahia edge Wazito 1-0

Joash Onyango fends off Musa Masika

Gor Mahia’s quest to retain the Kenya Premier League is still on track. This after they beat moneybags Wazito FC 1-0 at Machakos on Saturday.

Additional Reporting from futaa.com

Charles Momanyi scored the important goal in the second half, heading in Kenneth Muguna’s freekick in the 60th minute. The midfielder had another chance of making it 2-0 but could not capitalize. Inside the box, with no keeper, Lawrence had one job to do, and that is finding the back of the net but his shot went above the crossbar.

Gor Mahia was denied what appeared to be a clear goal in the stoppage time as Juma’s strike kissed the crossbar and bounced in but it didn’t count.
Wazito 0-1 Gor Mahia

Early in the game, the two sides were giving out possession as they had not settled well at Kenyatta. Gor Mahia started settling into the game, making good passes and fine runs but could not break Wazito’s defence and this saw the pair settle for a goalless draw in the first half.

The second half was much better for K’ogalo and the defending champions managed to take the lead in the 60th minute through Charles Momanyi. Gor Mahia had a free kick on the left flank and captain Kenneth Muguna stepped up to take it. He delivered a beautiful freekick inside the danger zone of Wazito and the defence could not clear leaving Momanyi to head past Kevin Omondi.
Penalty appeal

Gor Mahia players were appealing for a penalty after Dennis Ng’ang’a appeared to have handled the ball inside penalty area but the referee waved play on.
Lawrence’s disallowed goal

Juma had the ball outside the box, he took a touch before firing a shot past keeper, it hit the crossbar and bounced inside. The midfielder’s celebration was cut short as his goal was disallowed. A clear goal, but no VAR, in KPL.

The Green Army are now on top of the table with 31 points, one above second-placed Tusker who earlier in the day thrashed Chemelil Sugar 7-0. Gor Mahia’s next fixture will be against Kakamega Homeboyz on Sunday 12th while Wazito will take on AFC Leopards.

Gor Mahia held by Posta Rangers 1-1

Gor Mahia struck late to force a 1-1 draw against Posta Rangers

Additional reporting from the Nation

Kenneth Muguna scored late to deny Posta Rangers a invaluable win over Gor Mahia in a Kenyan Premier League match at Narok Stadium on Sunday.

Joseph Mbugi had given the mailmen the lead in the 56th minute through a penalty but Muguna struck from the spot with only five minutes left to secure a point for the champions.

Both teams had battled to a scoreless draw in the first half but it was Gor who had the first real chance in 25th minute after Boniface Omondi was fouled by Gerson Likono at the edge of the box.

Muguna took the resultant freekick but it was blocked by a Rangers defender and cleared. Gor captain Muguna blasted wide another freekick at the half hour mark when Elvis Osok brought down Samuel Onyango.

Posta Rangers goalkeeper Jairus Adira came to the rescue of his side in the latter stages of the first half, coming off his line to gather a cross with Lawrence Juma lurking inside the box.

Geoffrey Ochieng’s handball in the box saw Gor concede a penalty that was expertly converted by Mbugi to hand the hosts the lead.

Gor Mahia held by Ulinzi

Gor Mahia’s match against Ulinzi ended 0-0 at Moi Stadium Kisumu on Saturday. A defensively compact Ulinzi side was able to stave off Gor Mahia despite Gor Mahia dominating possession.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia were held to 0-0 draw by visiting Ulinzi Stars in their league tie at the Moi Stadium, Kisumu on Saturday.

The result leaves K’Ogalo top of the pile with 25 points, while Ulinzi are at 21 points garnered in 12 matches.

Ulinzi’s coach Benjamin Nyangweso applauded his players’ performance despite not registering a win. He blamed poor finishing by his forwards for the outcome.

“The match went according to plan. We came for three points but unfortunately only got a point. But a point against the defending champions is still a great plus for my team,” said coach Nyangweso.

His opposite number, Steven Polack commended his players for dominating the match but blamed poor concentration and lack of good decision making by his attackers for the draw.

“We never keep a match this simple like we did today. Ulinzi’s defence was solid and that outshone us at some point and we lost a lot of chances,” said Polack.