Gor Mahia beat Stima

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Gor Mahia beat Western Stima 1-0 in Kisumu on Wednesday. A late goal by Michael Olunga was what Gor Mahia needed to beat a stubborn Western Stima side. Gor Mahia only have one more match left to complete a historic season.

Gor Mahia showed that they have the resiliency to win matches under different condictions.

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Towering striker Michael Olunga made the difference after he powered home the all important goal in the 89th minute to break the hearts of Western Stima, who had looked determined to snatch a draw.

The match looked set for a barren draw before Olunga sneaked between two defenders to beat Gabriel Andika from close range. Stima were the more aggressive side in the opening minutes of the match and were rewarded with a third minute corner.

Despite going into the match after a long travel from Mombasa, the power men looked to be in control of the midfield and were keen to deny their opponents an opportunity to pass the ball around.

Ali Abondo, who has been on fire since returning to Gor Mahia’s starting line-up, got a chance with an 18-yard thunderbolt in the seventh minute. One minute later Michael Olunga, failed to beat Gabriel Andika in Stima goal. Olunga had done well to loop the ball past Andika but the Stima custodian reacted quickly to clear the danger on the goal-line.

Ten minutes into the match, John Kiplangat nearly beat Boniface Oluoch but his effort went over the bar. Gor Mahia danger man Meddie Kagere, made his presence felt with a tricky shot from the edge of Stima’s goal and it should have counted. From there on, Gor Mahia looked to be in control going into the break.

The league champions ended the first half on a high with George Odhiambo’s well executed shot parried out of play by Gabriel Andika for a fruitless corner. Stima coach Henri Omino rested Ronald Okoth for Kevin Okoth as the second half started but it was still Gor Mahia, who made the first attempt to go ahead in the second half with Karim Nizigiyimana sending a well taken cross on the right flank in search of Kagere but Joash Onyango was quicker to clear the danger.

Stima also rested David Okello for an ineffective John Kiplangat. Gor Mahia kept up the pressure forcing their opponents into fouls. Victor Ochieng was cautioned for a foul on Meddie Kagere and then Khalid Aucho and Ali Abondo both had their shots go just wide.

In attendance was Gor Mahia legend Peter Dawo Image courtesy of Jaro Soja