Gor Mahia hammer Mahakama

Gor Mahia started their 2016 GoTV shield campaign by flooring Mahakama of Mombasa 3-0 at Kasarani on Saturday
Additional reporting from goal.com
After an entertaining five minutes of passes and beautiful runs, defender Abouba Sibomana scored from a free-kick on the 7th minute to give Gor Mahia their first goal.

The pot kept boiling and on the 15th minute former Western Stima forward Baron Oketch was picked out with a cross but instead of drilling in a shot past keeper Athman Mohammed, he blasted wide out.

Mahakama then piled up pressure playing in Gor Mahia’s half and cleared a potential threat on the 16th minute when Gor Mahia won a corner-kick. Two minutes later, Jacob Keli was fed with a good chance after Wellington Ochieng asmd Ronald Omino had combined well on the right wing.

Ochieng’ played well with Omino from a set-piece on the 22nd minute giving the former Muhoroni Youth defender a clean chance to unleash a shot which landed on keeper’s safe hands. In the 25th minute, Jacob Keli made use of a goalmouth melee to double the score line for K’Ogalo a minute before Baron Oketch blasted the ball wide over the bar from a free-kick.

At the half-hour mark, Enock Agwanda saw his shot hit the side net in what was an open chance for the third goal. In the 39th minute, Mahakama keeper saved his side denying Agwanda an opportunity to put his name on the score sheet just inside the box. Welington Ochieng then did all the work on the right wing tossing the ball to Jacob Keli but the latter failed to connect it to the net two minutes later.

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria then brought in Francis Kahata few minutes to the break just to stir-up the team. His classic touches in the midfield empowered the likes of Baron Oketch and Keli upfront but efforts didn’t bare fruits to halftime whistle. Both teams showed intention of scoring on resumption with notable move by Mahakama’s Salim Mohammed, who tasted Boniface Oluoch’s hands in the 51st minute from a free-kick.

Youngster Amos Nondi then got an open chance for Gor Mahia but his shot was deflected by a Mahakama defender to find Enock Agwanda, whose effort was thwarted by the keeper five minutes later. Baron Oketch had readied himself for the job on the left. In the 64th minute, keeper Mohammed rose to the occasion once again stopping Agwanda from scoring. He did that again in the 70th minute.

The introduction of Jaques Tuyisenge and defender Eric Ouma thereafter energized Gor Mahia. Tuyisenge almost scored from a Kahata cross twice as Ouma did his duty on the left flank. Ouma did not rest. He crossed from the left corner to find right-placed Jacob Keli, who used the opportunity to complete his brace with a brilliant header. That became the third goal


Gor Mahia to play Mahakama in GoTV shield

Gor Mahia will open their 2016 GoTV shield campaign on June 25 when they take on Mahakama Mombasa. The tournament will feature sixty four teams with the winner pocketing Ksh 2 million and earning the right to represent Kenya in the 2017 CAF Confederations cup.

“This year we want to make it bigger and better, and as SuperSport we will showcase the games in each round starting with the first round on the weekend of the 25th. We will go far and wide to bring the matches from as many parts of the country as possible,” said Head of SuperSport Africa Andre Venter during the launch on Thursday.

“We are also thankful to FKF, with the new office under Nick Mwendwa, who has been supportive from the very start of their tenure and we believe with this great cooperation will result to a great tournament,” he added.

“We are happy to partner with SuperSport in yet another milestone in Kenyan Football, it is our belief that this tournament being FKF’s first since assuming office will be a step in the right direction not only for the participating clubs but also for us a federation and football in general,” said FKF President Nick Mwendwa to supersport.

And added he; “In line with best football practices, FKF will pay allowances for match officials and hire venues for the tournament to enable clubs concentrate on the competition.”

Three Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clubs will skip the tournament including 2005 winners Nairobi City Stars, 2014 champions Sofapaka both of whom cited lack of funds, as well as two time victors Mathare United.

Last year, Kogalo beat Langata Gremio (3-0), Ushuru (3-2), Palos (4-2) and Administration Police (3-1) before succumbing to fatigue and losing to Nakumatt in the semis on penalties.

Historically, Gor Mahia are the most succesful team in this tournament, having lifted the trophy ten times with the first one coming in 1976.

Meanwhile Tusker, having failed to eliminate Kogalo via a boardroom decision, are now vowing to win on the field on Sunday.

“Who said we are out? We are 100% in the competition and I am sure we will reverse the scores in the second leg. Football is an unpredictable game which always surprises even the players, but I believe we have the character to go past them and qualify for the finals.” said Paul Nkata the Tusker coach to goal.com