Gor Mahia continued their irrepressible march towards a quadruple title season when they dispatched Muhoroni Youth in clinical fashion. Gor Mahia came into this match expecting strong resistance from a Muhoroni Youth side that had not lost in their last 12 games. Some pundits even called this match “the clash of the unbeatens”.
In the first 10 minutes it really did look like the Kisumu county lads were going to give as good as they received. Wycliffe Ochomo, a former Gor Mahia player who prides himself in scoring against his old teams was marked out of the game. His attempt at a free-kick fell way short.
But after the first 10 minutes, Gor Mahia gained the upper hand. Innocent Wafula had two attempts blocked by Shikhalo . Meddie Kagere, Michael Olunga and Ali Abondo all had well taken attempts at goal. Muhoroni Youth will thank their goalkeeper Farouk Shikhalo as he made several excellent saves in the first half.
In the second half, Gor Mahia put further pressure on the accelerator pedal as they pushed for a goal. Innocent Wafula almost put Gor Mahia ahead in the 55th minute. But his attempt went inches wide. Meddie Kagere finally broke the deadlock when he beat two Muhoroni defenders before placing the ball beyond Shikhalo in the Muhoroni goal.
Tenn minutes later, Michael Olunga put Gor Mahia further ahead when he picked up the ball on the left flank after being put through by Ernest Wendo then calmly beat Farouk Shikhalo. In the 78th minute, Muhoroni Youth were awarded a penalty after Eric Ochieng was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty box. But veteran Franklin Osama’s attempt was saved by Boniface Oluoch.
In the 89th minute, substitute George Odhiambo “Blackberry” sealed the score with a goal the reminded many of his glory years in 2010. He dribbled past several Muhoroni Youth players before finishing with powerful shot.
The win against what was anticipated to be strong opposition shows that the Gor Mahia core of players are still hungry even after having won the league. It also shows that KPL teams simply have no answer for what is a very clinical Gor Mahia side.
Gor Mahia : 23. Bonface Oluoch -GK, 5. Musa Mohamed (cpt), 14. Karim Nizigiyimana, 20. Ernest Wendo, 29. Innocent Wafula, 17. Eric Ochieng, 18. Harun Shakava, 22. Meddie Kagere, 30. Ali Abondo, 19. Michael Olunga, 10. Khalid Aucho.
Subs : 1. Jerim Onyango -GK, 15. Bernard Odhiambo, 24. Enock Agwanda, 9. Timothy Otieno, 25. George Odhiambo
Muhoroni Youth : 39. Farouk Shikhalo, 7. Yusuf Mohammed, 23. Wycliffe Nyangechi, 24. Franklyne Osama, 14.Paul Michuka, 2. Paul Mboya, 10. Abbas Akinyemi (Cpt), 26. George Mandela, 29. Francis Ochola, 30. Mike Khaduli, 12. Wycliffe Ochomo.
Subs: 1. Daniel Kiptoo, 15. Peter Okore, 4. Wellington Ochieng, 8. Kennedy Rono, 28. Abdalla Hamisi, 16. Oscar Oketch, 32. Edmond Murai