Gor Mahia trounce Nzoia Sugar 3-0

Juma Balinya scored a brace on his full debut as Gor Mahia consolidated their lead atop the league with a 3-0 win over Nzoia Sugar.

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Ugandan Juma Balinya on Sunday opened his accounts at Gor Mahia, scoring a brace as the defending champions thumped Nzoia Sugar 3-0 to maintain their lead at the top of the Kenya Premier League (KPL).

Captain Kenneth Muguna was K’Ogalo’s other scorer in the entertaining match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Gor have now won their last three matches and remain atop the table on 44 points, while Nzoia Sugar are still in the danger of being relegated, as after 19matches, they have only accumulated 11 points.

Gor ‘s coach Steven Polack was full of praise for Balinya saying, “There is no better way to make your full debut than score a brace. I gave him more time to score a hat-trick, unfortunately he got tired. But I am very happy of his performance.”

Nzoia Sugar’s coach Collins Omondi said his side failed to utilise their chances well.

“We had a few chances, but we were very poor in converting. The shots were very weak to trouble their goalkeeper,” said Omondi.

Gor Mahia floor Nzoia Sugar 2-0

Gor Mahia put aside the disappointment of the 2019-2020 Champions league when they decisively beat Nzoia Sugar 2-0.

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Captain Kenneth Muguna and Clifton Miheso were on the mark as Gor Mahia saw off Nzoia Sugar 2-0 in a mid-week Kenyan Premier League match at the Mumias Sports Complex on Wednesday.

The win took the defending champions back to the top of the table with nine after three matches.

Nzoia on their part, drop to 13th place on the log with four points, unable to replicate their 2-0 win over Kisumu All Stars last time out.

Nzoia Coach Collins Omondi attributed the defeat to loss of concentration by his charges.

“We conceded the early goals due to lack of confidence. My boys made costly mistakes and at this level and against such kind of opposition, you will get punished,” said Omondi.

Steve Polack’s charges took an early lead in the ninth minute when captain Kenneth Muguna beat Nzoia goalkeeper Humphrey Katasi with a shot that diverted off Nzoia’s offensive midfielder Antony Njeru.

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.