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.


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 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

Additional reporting from Yahoo Sports

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 blank Chemelil 2-0

Butambuze congratulates Boniface Omondi

Gor Mahia are back on track. On Wednesday they beat Chemelil Sugar 2-0 at Machakos stadium. Boniface Omondi and Nicholas Kipkirui scored the goals.

Additional reporting from the Nation

A sterling second half performance helped champions Gor Mahia down Chemelil Sugar 2-0 in a SportPesa Premier League encounter at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on Wednesday.

Nicholas Kipkirui drew first blood on 46 minutes before Boniface Omondi doubled the scores in the 52nd minute with a half volley from inside the box.

Gor’s first victory in the New Year takes their tally to six, seven behind leaders Mathare United.

K’Ogalo play Mathare United on Sunday at Kasarani.

Gor piled pressure on the visitors from the moment referee Isaac Memusi blew the opening whistle.

Omondi fed Jacques Tuyisenge with a deep cross on 14 minutes but the Rwandese effort was parried for a corner kick by Chemelil custodian Kevin Otieno.

On 31 minutes, Lawrence Juma’s rasping shot from 20 yards hit the side netting.

A minute later, Harun Shakava failed to guide his free header into the net after connecting to Francis Kahata’s delivery from a freekick.

The millers, donning yellow shirts and black shorts, sat deep to defend waiting to break on the counter.

On 36 minutes, Boniface Omondi teed up Kahata but the latter’s left foot low drive was palmed away by Otieno for yet another corner that Tuyisenge headed to the roof of the net.

Kipkirui, who paved way for Ivorian Ephrem Guikan on 58 minutes, scored into an empty net after Chemelil defenders failed to clear their lines.

Lawrence Juma would then find Omondi with a long ball inside the box and the diminutive forward converted with a sweet half volley for Gor’s second.

Chemelil coach Francis Baraza introduced Biko Tindi for Felix Oluoch on 64 minutes.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay preferred Frederick Odhiambo in between the sticks with Ernest Wendo doing the donkey work in the midfield as Lawrence Juma played behind the striking duo of Kipkirui and Tuyisenge.

Francis Kahata and Boniface Omondi played on the flanks interchangeably before the former paved way for Samuel Onyango on 69 minutes.


Gor Mahia take on Chemelil Sugar

Last year, Eliud Lokuwam scored to give Gor Mahia a 1-0 win over Chemelil

Gor Mahia will be aiming to put their 2018-2019 campaign back on track. This after they lost their second match of the season to Kariobangi Sharks last week. They take on Chemelil Sugar at Machakos on Wednesday.

It has been a poor start to the season, losing to Bandari in the league opener then to Kariobangi. To put things in perspecyive, last season, Kogalo won their first three games. Also last season Gor Mahia won their first leg matches against Bandari and Kariobangi Sharks by scores of 2-0 and 2-1 respectively.

Skipper Harun Shakava says that they are putting 2018 behind them and are determined to start the new year on a positive note.

“New year comes with new resolutions, we might have started the season badly but that was last year. We now want to approach our remaining matches this year with a winning mentality, starting with today’s match against Chemelil Sugar,” Shakava said to the Nation.

Chemelil have four points. They beat Mt Kenya United in their last match and will be keen to build on that win.

Coach Francis Baraza expects a tough match from Gor Mahia.

“ It will be tough but we will give it our best . We respect Gor despite the bad run, they are the champions and I doubt they will want to lose another game,” he said to the Nation

Last year the sugar millers were no pushovers. They held Gor Mahia 2-2 in the first leg and lost 0-1 in the second leg.


Gor Mahia edge Chemelil 1-0

Scorer: Eliud Lokuwam

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.

Additional reporting from futaa.com
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.

Lokuwam goal

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


10 Man Gor Mahia held by Chemelil

Philemon Otieno in action against Chemelil Sugar

Gor Mahia let a two goal lead slip and were held 2-2 by Chemelil. The match was played at Kericho Green stadium on Wednesday.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Chemelil Sugar rallied from two goals down to hold 10-man Gor Mahia 2-2 in a Kenyan Premier League match at rain drenched Kericho Green Stadium on Wednesday.

The defending champions looked to be cruising as Humphrey Mieno and Ephrem Guikan put K’Ogalo in charge at half time.

However, the sugar millers capitalised on Gor keeper Boniface Olouch’s sending off in the 54th minute after handling the ball outside his area, with Charles Kwakha and Benedicto Mwamlangara scoring to restore parity.

Gor, who reclaimed top spot on Sunday following a 5-2 demolition over Thika United, have now accumulated 26 points from 10 matches and still have two games in hand over second placed Mathare United who are on 23 points.

Chemelil coach Charles Odera hailed his side’s fighting spirit after falling two goals down. His side are now on 18 points.

Gor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno (left) and Chemelil’s Abdul Hassan vie for the ball during Kenyan Premier League match at Kericho Green Stadium on April 25, 2018. The match ended 2-2. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI |
Gor Mahia’s Philemon Otieno (left) and Chemelil’s Abdul Hassan vie for the ball during Kenyan Premier League match at Kericho Green Stadium on April 25, 2018. The match ended 2-2. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“We were down by two goals at halftime but we played well in the second half and managed to fight back. We had very few chances, but I am happy the boys capitalised on them and saved the point,” he said on Wednesday.


Humphrey Mieno opened the scoring for the defending champions three minutes into play, when he tapped from close range after connecting well with Ernest Wendo’s dangerous cross inside the box.

Six minutes later, Guikan was on the offensive in the left wing but he was flagged offside before he made a shot at goal.

The hosts then managed to cut through Gor’s defence minutes later but Collins Neto was denied by the safe hands of Boniface Oluoch with Maxwell Onyango’s rebound failing to find the back of the net.

After missing two successive open scoring chances, Guikan finally got his name on the score sheet in the 26th minute with an easy finish, when he found himself unmarked inside Chemelil’s box with Innocent Wafula providing the assist.

Attacker Francis Kahata drove a dangerous shot on target but it was comfortably claimed by Chemelil’s goalkeeper John Waw.

Chemelil gained some momentum in the dying minutes of the first half, launching two attacks through Faraj Ominde, but Oluoch was alert.


The hosts improved in the second half making the first attempt at goal through Neto, but his short went wide.

The game’s turning point came in the 54th minute when Gor keeper Oluoch was sent off after he handled the ball outside the box.

Gor coach Dylan Kerr sacrificed scorer Guikan as second choice keeper Peter Odhiambo took his place.

The numerical advantage seemed to have have favoured the hosts with wave of attacks on the K’Ogalo goal.

Their efforts bore fruit in the 69th minute when substitute Charles Kwakha found the back of the net with a low drive from outside the box to reduce the deficit.

Kerr made changes to his team bringing in Samuel Onyango for Ernest Wendo and Lawrence Juma for Jacques Tuyisenge, while Odera brought on Philip Muchoma for Yusuf Juma.

Benedicto Mwamlangara levelled matters in the 75th minute with a top corner goal after being set by Nicholas Akoko, who was fantastic after he managed to beat Gor Mahia defenders with his pace and impressive dribbling skills.

Chemelil went in search of the winner but Gor hang on to dear life and the precious point.


Gor Mahia hammer Chemelil 3-0

Two goal hero: Tuyisenge

Gor Mahia players put aside their frustrations with club officials and continued to storm towards the 2017 KPL title. On Thursday they beat Chemelil Sugar 3-0. Jacque Tuyisenge struck twice and Kenneth Muguna sealed the score.

Additional Reporting from Capital Sports
Despite facing a tough week characterized by training go slows over unpaid allowances, record 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia did not show any sign of a club in crisis as they rolled on to a 3-0 win over Chemelil Sugar in Kisumu on Thursday.

Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge struck twice in the first half with Kenneth Muguna adding a third as Gor romped to their sixth win in seven matches to open up a nine-point gap at the top of the standings, looking well on course to a 16th league crown.

Missing Harun Shakava ,who is on suspension and the injured Karim Nizigiyimana, head coach Dylan kerr who remains unbeaten since taking over Gor made changes in his starting squad, bringing in Wellington Ochieng at right-back while Joash Onyango partnered skipper Musa Mohammed at the heart of defense.

K’Ogalo were fast off the blocks especially buoyed by Sofapaka’s 2-1 loss at the hands of Ulinzi Stars on Wednesday which gave them some breathing space at the top of the standings.

Muguna had a chance with a fourth minute freekick but it went straight to the wall while 10 minutes later, Apollo Otieno was forced to make a hasty clearance off George ‘Blackberry‘ Odhiambo’s feet after keeper Jairus Adira had failed to hold on to a Wellington Ochieng cross.

The early pressure paid off in the 22nd minute when Tuyisenge beat Adira one-on-one after racing on to a George Odhiambo through ball.

The Rwandese added his second in sublime fashion, banging the net with a well taken overhead kick after Meddie Kagere flicked on a cross from Ochieng on the right.

Chemelil, who were off a 4-1 spanking by Sofapaka last weekend, thought they had grabbed one back 10 minutes from half time but Faraj Ominde’s goal was ruled out for offside.

At the start of the second half, Kerr pulled out Tuyisenge as a precautionary measure with the striker having picked up an injury in the weekend win over Nzoia Sugar as Francis Kahata took his place.

Gor continued dominating and looking all comfortable and Muguna struck their third goal in the 62nd minute after a beautiful one-two interchange of passes with Kagere.

With a 3-0 advantage, Kerr made his second sub, pulling out Innocent Wafula who had started on the right offensive side for speedy John ‘Softie’ Ndirangu.

His opposite number Abdallah Juma responded by making a double change, pulling out the ineffective Collins Neto for Philip Muchuma while Erastus Mwaniki paved way for former Thika United forward Moses Arita.

However, not even the offensive changes would make a difference for the sugar millers as Gor managed to hold on to the lead, a healthy boost ahead of their weekend trip to Thika to face hosts Thika United.

Gor would have had the last laugh in a match they dominated with Kahata’s effort being parried away at the stroke of 90 minute by Adira following a good passing move by the league leaders.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: 1. Frederick Onyango, 14. Innocent Wafula (John Ndirangu), 4. Wellington Ochieng, 5. Musa Mohammed, 12. Joash Onyango, 7. Jean Baptiste ( Philemon Otieno), 2. Godfrey Walusimbi, 10. Kenneth Muguna, 22. Meddie Kagere, 25. George Odhiambo, 9. Jacques Tuyisenge ( Francis Kahata).

Unused subs: 16. Shaban Odhoji, 30. 11. Boniface Omondi,20. Earnest Wendo, 8. Francis Kahata, 28. Oliver Maloba,

Chemelil Sugar Starting XI Jairus Adira, Smith Ouko, Yusuf Juma, Kennedy Odhiambo, Benjamin Oketch, Clifford Omondi, Erastus Mwaniki, Appollo Otieno, Collins Neto ( Moses Arita ), Odeny Faraj, Odeny Jeffery ( Shafan Oyugi)

Unused subs: Richard Aimo, Morris Wandera, James Omino, Moses Osure, Philip Muchuma.


Gor Mahia cruise past Chemelil Sugar

Scorer: Kenneth Muguna

Gor Mahia have not taken the foot off the accelerator pedal. They continued their brilliant run with a 2-0 win over tough Chemelil Sugar. Timothy Otieno and Kenneth Muguna, both of whom had brilliant games in the mashemeji derby, were both on target.

Additional reporting from futaa.com

The host started off more intent and took only ten minutes to find the breakthrough.

Otieno’s goal

Timothy Otieno latched on a well weighted pass from George Odhiambo before tucking a low effort beneath an onrushing Jairus Adira.

The team almost went 2-0 up ten minutes later as Meddie Kagere forced Adira to a fine save from a low drive in 22nd minute.

The wait for a second was to end after series of two corner which Miller’s rear guard proved up to task with.

Muguna doubles lead

It finally came as Kenneth Muguna reacted quickest to stab home after Adira had spilled a low drive from Innocent Wafula in to his path.

For a second time running, Gor were forced to a first half change as Timothy’s involvement was cut short with an injury sustained in build up to his goal.

The striker was replaced by Oliver Maloba at turn of the 36th minute mark

Millers chance

Chemelil’s only effort at goal in the half saw with MUstapaha Adebayo forcing a speculative strike sail over Boniface Oluoch bar.

The second half saw a handful of clear-cut chances worked out with Miller coming close form a left wing delivery that flashed across Oluoch’s post with nolone to turn home.

Gor on their part looked dangerous from a deployed Innocent Wafula, who plied the right flank as starter ahead of Karim Nizigiyimana.

The Ugandan and his compatriot walusimbi combined for a 70th minute effort that was however thwarted as latter saw his shot blocked.

Trailing took a slight tweaking edge going forward with Laban Gambareko inclusion aiding their forward surge.

The team will however left to contend with a defeat on away grounds with two goals conceded for the first time this season wrapping up their second loss of the season

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Starting X1: Boniface Oluoch, Innocent Wafula Musa Mohammed, Joash Onyango, Ernest Wendo, Wellington Ochieng, Kenneth Muguna, Francis Kahata , Godfrey Walusimbi, George Odhiambo, Meddie Kagere,

Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Karim Nzigiyimana, Oliver Maloba, Anthony Mbugua Amos Nondi, Philemon Otieno, Uyoga Jeconia

Chemelil Starting XI: Jairus Adira, Willis Ouma, Yusuf Suf, Smith Ouko, James Omino, David ojwang, Hillary Echesa, Victor Majid, Mustapha Adebayor, Morris Wandera

Subs: Daniel kiptoo, Himidu Kwizera, Benjamin Okech, Oyugi, Laban Gambereko Moses Osure Anthony Chingwa


Gor Mahia face Chemelil Sugar

Last year Kogalo beat Chemelil 3-1

Fresh from a memorable 3-0 win over arch rivals AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia players (and fans) will need to come back down to earth as they face Chemelil Sugar at Thika Municipal stadium on Wednesday.

Assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno understands that the players now have to forget about the derby and focus on the next task.

“Now we are forgetting about this (‘Mashemeji’ derby win). This is now history. What we have to do is to focus on the next game with a winning mentality.” said Zico to goal.com

Gor Mahia have a very good record against Chemelil Sugar. They have not lost the millers in seven years. Last season Gor Mahia drew 0-0 with Chemelil in the first leg and beat the Millders 3-1 in the second leg. And 2015, Kogalo comprehensively beat the millers, winning 3-1 and 4-1.

But the match will not be easy. To begin with, the venue (Thika Stadium) is the scene of Gor Mahia’s last league loss against Mathare United. Its bumpy surface does not lend itself to Gor Mahia’s style of play. And Chemelil are stout defenders. Their last three matches have ended in draws.

Ze Maria will have to shift tactics given the Chemelil are likely to park the bus, disrupt the match and use the rough playing surface to their advantage. Still the Brazilian tactician may rely on the same players who starred in last weekend’s thrashing of AFC. Timothy Otieno who had a shaky start to the seasoon but played well on Sunday is raring to get on the scoresheet again.

“My target is to score as many goals as I can. It was important for me to play well on Sunday because I did not start in the last three games. I’m happy the coach believed in me and gave me the chance to lead the line.” he said to sportpesa news.

With Jacque Tuyisenge yet to heal from his knee injury, Timothy could lead the attack again.

Coach Ze Maria knows that a win for Kogalo will enable Kogalo to climb to the top of the table, which is a psychological boost and puts pressure on league leaders Posta Rangers.

“Ours is a big club and every match we play is a big game. The pressure of the derby is not different from the pressure that we have when we are facing other teams so we shall have to beat our best to defeat them” said the Brazilian to the Nation.


Gor Mahia floor Chemelil Sugar

After a drought that lasted four games without a goal, Gor Mahia blasted three goals past Chemelil Sugar to win 3-1.
Additional Reporting from the Nation
Shortly before kick-off across the three venues on Saturday, teams lined up on either side of the centre circle to observe a minute of silence in honour of veteran coach James Siang’a, who passed away on Friday night.

At Nyayo Stadium, having failed to score in their last three league games, the champions were under pressure to perform, and they showed urgency in the opening minutes of the game with George Odhiambo, Jacques Tuyisenge and Haron Shakava coming close.

Shakava had a good chance in the 10th minute when he rose high to meet a long ball worked from a corner, but he sent his header inches wide.

Willis Ouma and Jared Obwoge also had a chance each for the visitors early on but we’re unable to convert them.
or finally found the back of the net through a sublime Francis Kahata free-kick, which beat Chemelil keeper Ali Kimera for the opener in the 16th minute.

The sugar millers however responded through Jared Obwoge, who beat Gor custodian Bonface Oluoch with a low shot after outpacing Shakava with three minutes to the break.

Youngster Amos Nondi replaced Kenyan international Eric Ouma – who limped off injured – in the beginning of the second half.

Both teams came into the second half in search of a winner but it’s the 15-time champions who scored the next goal.

Nondi was particularly sensational having replaced Ouma and ultimately found the back of the net in the 56th minute. Gor piled on more pressure on the high-flying visitors and George Odhiambo put the score beyond doubt in the 74th minute.

Jacques Tuyisenge, who had also played a role in the second goal, crossed for Odhiambo to slot past Kimera.

“The pressure is not off yet. We can afford to smile a little but the pressure still remains. When you are part of a team like Gor, there will always be pressure of one form or the other,” Gor coach Marcelo Ferreira said after the game.