Gor Mahia moved closer to the 2018 Kenya Premier league title with a crucial 1-0 win over Chemelil Sugar at Afraha. The all important goal came in the 77th minute via Eliud Lokuwam.
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Both sides started the game in an unsettled rush. In the 7th minute, Chemelil won a throw-in after Karim Nzigiyimana sent the ball off the field of play. The throw in did not amount to much. Just a minute later, the game had to be halted as Gor Mahia stopper Shaban Odhoji had a bloody injury that forced the Gor Mahia medical team to get on the pitch and address the matter.
In the 12th minute, Lawrence Juma found Guikan with a neat pass but Guikan’s attempt was blocked by Aimo. Ondiek attempted to pounce back a rebound but his attempt was parried off for a corner. Gor Mahia won a free-kick in the 24th minute. Lawrence Juma took it but Chemelil’s keeper Aimo comfortably saved it. Gor found themselves in an uncomfortable pickle when Chemelil mounted a counter-attack led by Omondi. Chemelil’s gameplay appeared to be that of sitting back and attempting to punish Gor Mahia on the counter.
Solid Chemelil defense
Chemelil’s defense remained solid even as Gor Mahia continued to surge forward with evidently, more of the ball possession.
Lawrence Juma made a good cross to find Guikan in the area but the resultant header went wide for a free kick. The first yellow card of the game given to Gor Mahia’s Karim Nzigiyimana after fouling Kityo Bliss while attempting to make a clearance in 36th minute.
Game halted/Guikan injury
A mid-air collision between Guikan and Chemelil goalkeeper Richard Aimo in the 39th minute forced the game to be halted for both players to get treated. Ephrem Guikan’s injury proved match-ending as he had to be stretchered off the pitch and taken straight to the ambulance in the 43rd minute.
In the 56th minute, a free kick was given to Gor Mahia. It was taken by Kevin Omondi but he sent it wide.
Gor Mahia’s lone goal came from super sub Eliud Lokuwam after a miscommunication from the Chemelil defenders. Lokuwam pounced on the loose ball and sent it in.
The win takes Gor Mahia to 65 points as they inch closer to the title.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: 16. Shaban Odhoji, 3. Karim Nzigiyimana , 15. Joachim Oluoch, 27. Charles Momanyi, 21. Wesley Onguso, 6. Samuel Onyango(Eliud Lokuwam), 24. Lawrence Juma, 17. Bernard Ondiek, 10. Cercidy Okeyo, 14. Kevin Omondi, 19. Ephrem Guikan (Innocent Wafula)
Subs: 1. Fredrick Onyango, 28. Raphael Asudi, 7. Innocent Wafula, 4. Wellington Ochieng , 23. Francis Mustafa
Chemelil starting XI: 32 Richard Aimo , 14 Morrise Wandera,15 Vincent Mahiga, 33 Jacob Odhiambo, 18 Phillip Mwangale, 20 Nicholas Akoko, 6 Edwin Omondi( Wakoli), 12 Francise Ochollah( Oricho William), 9 Bernard Biko (Charles Okiya), 11 Felix Oluoch, 10 Kityo Bliss
Subs : 22 Barcsky Ochieng , 4 Gideon Kibet, 16 Ian Ngota, 13 Charles Okiya, 2 William Oricho, 28 Zeka Wakoli, 25 Gilbert Wangulu