Gor Mahia hammer Nzoia Sugar 3-1

Gor Mahia’s brilliant run in the 2018 Kenya Premier League continued when they trounced Nzoia Sugar 3-1 at Kisumu on Sunday. Jacque Tuyisenge scored twice in the 33rd and 60th minutes. Humphrey Mieno scored in the 48th minute. Nzoia grabbed a consolation goal in the last minute of the match.

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It took Jacques Tuyisenge half an hour to score his sixth goal of the season as he scored the opener against visiting Nzoia. The Rwandan had earlier wasted an open chance when Ernest Wendo set him free in the area. Tuyisenge failed to beat Mangala on a one-one situation with the Nzoia keeper grabbing the ball before the forward unleashed a close-range shot.

Nzoia had their chances also in the first half with the first notable chance falling on Nzano’s path but the midfielder failed to control the ball after receiving a fine cross from Luke Namanda. The Millers continuous attacks saw them register a back to back free kicks in the 8th and  10th minute. Elvis Rupia was fouled in the first instance by Harun Shakava before Bryan Otieno was brought down by Wendo. Both free kicks were not successfully converted by the Millers.

George Odhiambo was also culpable of squandering another wonderful chance for Gor Mahia after he shot wide as he tried to lobe the ball over Mangala. It is Boniface Omondi brought in the pass that Blackberry failed to score from.

Mieno scored his second goal for the defending champions in the 47th minute when he headed in a corner delivered equally powerful corner by Blackberry. Mieno scored his debut goal in the 2-2 draw against Chemelil Sugar at Kericho Green Stadium on April 25th.

Kagere helpful hand

Meddie Kagere played a wonderful ball to his compatriot Tuyisenge, who did not waste time and chance to bag his brace as he headed the ball with complete composure. The forward has now scored seven goals equal to Ulinzi Stars’ Masita Masuta and Cliff Nyakeya for Mathare United.

Otieno headed in from a free kick to hand Nzoia the only consoling goal.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Harun Shakava ( Joachim Oluoch), Joash Onyango, Godfrey Walusimbi, Humphrey Mieno, Ernest Wendo, Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere, George Odhiambo (Ephrem Guikan), Boniface Omondi ( Lawrence Juma).

Unused subs: Shaban Odhoji, Innocent Wafula, Francis Kahata, Bernard Ondiek.

Nzoia Sugar Starting XI; 39. Benson Mangala 26. Festus Okiring 16. Hillary Wandera28. Brian Otieno 22. Elvis Ronack 04. Peter Gin (18. Patrick Kwitonda ) 12. Luke Namanda02. Stephen Wakanya 33. Elvis Rupia 08. Edgar Nzano (c) 09. David Odhiambo.

Unused subs:15. Humphrey Katasi 05. Edwin Wafula 24. Tom Teka 25. Dennis Wanjala 13. Kevin Juma 30. George Mutimba.G

Gor Mahia face sterner test against Nzoia United

Cercidy Okeyo in action against Nzoia

After an easy win against struggling side Wazito FC who are headed straight back to the second tier, Gor Mahia will this weekend come up against much sterner opposition in Nzoia Sugar. The match will once again be played at Kisumu where K’Ogalo remained after their 4-0 demolition of Wazito.

The last time these two sides met was on March 11. On that day, Gor Mahia emerged 1-0 winners. Kevin Omondi was the toast of the day, scoring the all important goal. But Omondi has since lost his form inexplicably after what looked like a resurgence of his once promising career.

This coach coach Dylan Kerr will need to rely own his other stalwarts. In fact he will likely call upon the players who have been delivering of late: Shakava, Kagere, Kahata, Blackberry et al. Many had hoped he would rest these players against Wazito in order to save them for this crucial encounter.

Kogalo players in Kisumu using acqua therapy to recuperate fatigued muscles

As for Nzoia Sugar, they are currently placed 8th in the standings. They will be determined to put their campaign back on track after losing to Kariobangi Sharks on Wednesday. And they are buoyed by the fact that their talisman, Elvis Rupia, who is the leading scorer in the KPL, has agreed to stay at the club despite multiple suitors.

The match kicks off at 3pm On Sunday.