Gor Mahia edge Posta Rangers 2-1

Relief for Kogalo fans came on Friday. After two sub par performances, Gor Mahia managed to beat Posta Rangers 2-1 at their home ground of Kisumu on Friday.

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Leaders Gor Mahia on Friday bounced back to winning ways with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Posta Rangers in the SportPesa Premier League at Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

Jacques Tuyisenge and Francis Kahata scored a goal each to help K’Ogalo recover from their shock 2-1 loss to Bandari at Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa on Tuesday which brought to a halt their 22-match unbeaten streak in the league this term.

Cavin Odongo struck Rangers’ goal to set a nervy end to the encounter.

The 16-time Kenyan champions now top the standing on 59 points, 14 ahead of second-placed Bandari who dislodged Sofapaka the second spot following their win over Gor Mahia.

Meanwhile, the loss leaves Poster Rangers 10th on 31 points.

Gor Mahia’s head coach Dylan Kerr said the win was encouraging to his exhausted players.

“This was a wonderful game because the boys displayed quality football, it was very competitive and more of a battle because our opponents also played well,” said Kerr.

His counterpart Sammy Omollo blamed his side’s loss to poor goal keeping.

“This is the best game we have played against Gor Mahia but goalkeeper’s mistake from the set pieces cost us the match,” said Omollo, a former Kenyan international.

Still writhing from their first loss this year and looking to avoid a similar predicament, Gor came off the blocks fast.

George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo’s brilliant run on the left flank was cut out by Collins Omondi early on before Tuyisenge had the ball at the back of the net on sevens minutes but was rightly flagged offside.

The Rwandan striker Gor ahead five minutes later after Rangers players failed to clear Kahata’s delivery from a corner-kick.

The centre referee was then forced to caution Rangers defender Simon Mbugua for a cynical foul foul on George Odhiambo, who had left him for dead. Odhiambo’s shot from the resultant free-kick failed to hit the target.

With Gor attacking, Posta coach Omollo made a first half substitution with Peter Ochieng rested for Paul Odhiambo.

Luis Tera’s close range attempt for the Postmen on 22 minutes went straight into the hands of Boniface Oluoch before Joseph Nyaga’s effort on 34 minutes was also saved by the goalkeeper.

Gearson Likono thought he had levelled matters two minutes after the breather, but even after beating Oluoch in Gor’s goal, his effort was cleared off the line by Philemon Otieno.

The champions made their first substitution on 51 minutes with coach Kerr resting Tuyisenge, who was limping, for midfielder Lawrence Juma.

Kahata then doubled Gor’s advantage four minutes later with a stunning free-kick after being fouled on the left wing, in what was a disappointment to Rangers who had looked the better side in the early minutes of second half.

Gor made their second change in the 67th minute with Cercidy Okeyo coming in for Francis Mustafa as injured Oluoch was also replaced by Shaban Odhoji six minutes later.

Odongo netted Rangers goal with nine minutes to time, after reacting fast to bury a rebound from Likono’s powerful shot that had hit the cross-bar.

Gor Mahia destroy Posta Rangers 5-0

Innocent Wafula in action against Posta Rangers

Undeterred by the departure of Meddie Kagere, Gor Mahia continued their unstoppable march in the 2018 Kenya Premier League when they hammered Posta Rangers 5-0.

George Odhiambo found the back of the net twice while Jacque Tuyisenge, Ephrem Guikan and Lawrence Juma provided the other goals.

Gor Mahia are now 12 points clear of second placed Sofapaka with two matches to spare.

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Gor Mahia’s head coach Dylan Kerr said he was happy with the win, noting that it was a clear indication that the departure of Kagere will not affect his side.

“He (Kagere) is history and I do not want to talk about him now. He was not part of us today but we have won by a huge margin, his departure will not affect us at all,” said Kerr.

Odhiambo should have fired Gor ahead in the 10th minute, but his left-footed shot inside the box went wide by few inches.

The postmen were reduced to 10 men three minutes later after dformer Tusker man Joackins Atudo was sent off for handling the ball inside his danger area, with Tuyisenge beating Bonface Baraza from the resulting penalty.

Posta survived a few minutes later after Tuyisenge cleverly found Francis Kahata with a back pass on the left flank and the latter sent a dangerous cross to Ephrem Guikan, but Baraza was alert to keep out the danger.

Rangers won a free-kick deep inside Gor’s half but Gershon Likono smashed the ball wide, before Tuyisenge was denied by the cross bar a few minutes later, with Achesa clearing the ball to safety.

Center referee Wilston Otieno ruled out Harun Shakava’s 33rd minute goal for offside, before Guikan buried in a header past a helpless Baraza four minutes later to stretch his side’s lead.

The visitors made a first half substitution with coach Sammy Omollo resting Likono for Suleiman Ngatho.

Gor went in search of more goals as they begun the second half strongly, creating two early chances that were well dealt with by Rangers’ defenders.

They were however breached as Odhiambo netted K’Ogalo’s third goal in the 52nd minute after Baraza spilled Tuyisenge’s high drive from the right flank.

Lawrence Juma replaced Guikan, who looked to have sustain a knee injury, from a collision with Baraza.

Tuyisenge almost scored his third and fourth for Gor again with a header in the 72nd minute, but Baraza parried the ball wide for a corner kick.

Odhiambo scored his second and fourth for Gor in the 81st minute with a low strike on the left side, before substitute Juma sealed his side’s victory with another low drive five minutes later.

Gor Mahia edge Posta Rangers 1-0

Kagere celebrates his goal

Gor Mahia recorded a 1-0 win over Posta Rangers in what is one of the most crucial encounters of the 2017 league second leg. The win is important as it puts more distance between Kogalo and Rangers and puts pressure on second placed Sofapaka.
Additional reporting from goal.com
A Meddie Kagere strike was enough to hand Gor Mahia their fifth straight win in the Kenyan Premier League against Posta Rangers.
The league leaders came into the match as clear favourites considering their recent form where they have won four straight matches as compared to their opponents who have been having mixed results.
It was the mailmen who started well though and could have gone ahead in the 2nd minute. Titus Achesa cut in from the right and crossed the ball to Gor Mahia danger zone. Peter Odhiambo parried the ball weakly and it fell on Dennis Mukaisi whose effort was cleared off the line by Wellington Ochieng.

Kogallo reacted by pinning their opponents in their own half, and in the 17th minute, a fierce strike by the dangerous Kagere missed the target by inches. He however made it right four minutes later. An excellent build up ended with Kenneth Muguna passing the ball to the Rwandan.
The striker sliced the ball past Patrick Matasi to give Gor Mahia a deserved lead. It could have been worse for the mailmen in the dying minute of the first halfs, but Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge and Godfrey Walusimbi missed glorious opportunities while Patrick Matasi also did his part excellently.
Weather conditions were unfavourable especially in the second half, as the heavy rains made it hard for the players to effectively control and pass the ball.
The condition made it harder even for the goalkeeper as noted in the 50th minute when Ochieng attempted to pass the ball to his keeper who miss-controlled, almost gifting the opponents a goal.
The lively Kagere almost made it 2-0 in the 55th minute. He went past his marker and unleashed a fierce strike that almost caught Matasi napping. But the ex-:Leopards man put the ball to safety with his second attempt.
With 10 minutes left, Rangers increased the tempo, using long throws especially in the opponent’s third. But the defense was on top. Odhiambo made a mistake in his 18- yard box prompting the referee to award an indirect free-kick with a minute left but was agonizingly shot wide by Matasi.

Gor Mahia held by Posta Rangers 1-1

Scorer: Jacque Tuyisenge

For the second succesive weekend, Gor Mahia were held to a 1-1 draw. This time it was Posta Rangers who are coached by former Gor Mahia player and coach Sammy Omollo “Pamzo”.
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Rwandese striker Jacques Tuyisenge came off the bench to spare K`Ogalo`s blushes with a well driven shot in the 78minute to turn the game on its head and inject life to the Green Army who had endured frustrating spells.

Veteran Dennis Mukaisi had put the Sammy “Pamzo” Omollo coached mailmen ahead at the hour mark when he lovely chested a cross in the box before slamming past a helpless Boniface Oluoch in Gor Mahia`s goal. The first half had otherwise been a dull affair with neither side having the cutting edge infront of goal but the game sprung to life with 30 minutes left on the clock.

The first real chance of the game fell on Rangers` Joseph Mbugi but he fired awfullly wide after 16 minutes when he should have done much better. Mukaisi came prodding again midway through the first half but fluffed a glorious chance after breaking away from the watch of Musa Mohammed only to fumble with goal on sight.

Missed chances and lethargy made both sets of coaches ring changes with Omollo bringing in Simon Mbugua for Gerald Obwoge while Gor Mahia`s Ze Maria summoned the fresh legs of Tuyisenge, Francis Kahata and Oliver Maloba. The outcome leaves K`Ogalo on 27points from 13 games while Rangers are on 24.

Posta Rangers: Patrick Matasi (GK), Hashim Mukhwana, Luke Ochieng’, Donald Owiti, Collins Omondi, Jerry Santo, Joseph Mbugi, Geoffrey Kataka, Titus Achesa, Jared Obwoge, Dennis Mukaisi.

Subs: Farouk Shikhalo (GK), Simon Mbugua, Simon Ogutu, Eric Kibiru, Joseph Kuria, Gerson Likono, Joseph Nyagah.

Gor Mahia: 29. Bonface Oluoch, 3. Karim Nizigiyimana, 4. Ochieng’ Wellington 5. Musa Mohammed (Cpt), 12. Joash Onyango, 20. Ernest Wendo, 11. Amos Nondi, 10. Kenneth Muguna, 17. Timothy Otieno, 22. Meddie Kagere, 2. Walusimbi Godfrey.

Subs: 16. Shaban Odhoji -GK, 30. Philemon Otieno, 9. Jacques Tuyisenge, 27. Antony Mbugua, 8. Francis Kahata, 21. John Ndirangu, 28. Oliver Maloba.

Gor Mahia held scoreless by Posta Rangers

Karim Nizigiyimana in action against Posta Rangers

For the third consecutive time, Gor Mahia were once again held to a draw, this time by Posta Rangers.
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K’Ogalo came into the match knowing three points will put them closer to rivals Tusker FC, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Western Stima on Saturday, with Posta Rangers aiming for their first win in the second leg.

Under pressure duo of Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge were given another opportunity by coach Ze Maria to prove their doubters wrong against the second best defensive side in the league.

It took several minutes for the both sides to settle down as Tuyisenge threatened earlier on notably in the sixth minute, with Joakins Atudo being forced to commit a foul to stop him. The latter had to be alert once again in the eleventh minute to stop Meddie Kagere, who had been played in by Francis Kahata.

In the first half it was Gor Mahia offensive players against Atudo, who was solid to stop attacks from his side. The closest Rangers came was a free-kick just outside the area which was taken by Atudo after Collins Nettoh had been fouled by Erick Ouma.

Despite attacking and pinning the hosts to their own half, it still remained goalless after the end of 45 minutes. In the second half, it was the Green Army again, who came back strongly with Kagere winning a corner after the restart, which unfortunately bore no fruits. In the 51st minute, Godfrey Walusimbi initiated an attack which was quickly cut by the opponents.

Rangers reacted by making several attempts with Titus Achesa releasing a fierce shot in the 55th minute which was unfortunately way off the mark. In a bid to increase his team’s attacks, Gearson Likonoh was introduced by coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno in place of John Nairuka.

Enock Agwanda was introduced in the 61st minute but Rangers decided to play cautiously, relying on counter attacks and at long last denied the champions an opportunity to reduce the gap between them and the brewers.

Starting Line-up

Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch(GK), Karim Nizigiyamana, Eric Ouma, Haron Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Ernest Wendo, Francis Kahata, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyiesenge, George Odhiambo, Godfrey Walusimbi,

Substitues: Fredrick Onyango(GK), Abouba Sibomana, Luke Ochieng, Baron Oketch Amos Nondi, Enock Agwanda, Jacob Keli

Gor Mahia forced to 1-1 draw by Posta Rangers

Scorer: Agwanda

A last minute goal by Posta Rangers forced Gor Mahia into a second succesive draw. Enock Agwanda had given Gor Mahia the lead .

Additional reporting from goal.com
Gor Mahia extended their unbeaten run in Kenyan Premier League to 34 games despite a 1-1 draw against Posta Rangers at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

The fifteen times league champions came into the match winless in 2016 in all competitions, and under pressure from the fans to perform against a side that won the Football Kenya Federation league and managed to collect three points against Muhoroni Youth in season opener last weekend.

However, it did not take long for the champions to get a goal as Ronald Omino was fed down the right wing, leaving two defenders for dead before beautifully feeding Enock Agwanda, who did well to control the ball before burying it deep past the opponent’s custodian.

K’Ogalo would have doubled their lead on several occasions, but poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Ian Otieno denied the champions a second goal.

The Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno’s men would have been level in the 35th minute after Achesa found his way into the dange zone following Nizigiyimana blunder, but Mukaisi failed to connect it and nothing worth came into their way as the half-time whistle beckoned.

Frank Nuttall brought in Ian Wafula in place of ineffective George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo, and the youngster’s first involvement almost made an impact, only for Kahata to be muscled out of the ball by the defenders.

Posta Ranger’s forward Mwaura found himself in a nice position in the 63rd minute with only the keeper to beat, however Jerim Onyango managed to salvage his defenders by keeping it out.

Substitute Jacob Keli, could have doubled the lead in the 70th minute as Kahata played him in, however, the former AFC Leopards ace could not hit the back of the net.

Gor Mahia try to get back on track against Posta Rangers

After stumbling out of the gates, Gor Mahia will be looking to regain their running form when they take on newly promoted Posta Rangers

The two sides last met in a friendly match at Nyayo stadium in March of 2015. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with Zakary Taofiq scoring for Kogalo. The last competitive match between the two sides ended in a 2-1 win for Kogalo. That was in 2012. One of the most infamous matches for Gor Mahia fans came during the very first match of the 2011 season when Posta Rangers shocked Gor Mahia by beating them 3-0.

The man who was coaching Gor Mahia on that day was none other than Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” who is now the coach of Posta Rangers. Also in the Posta Rangers line-up will be Timothy Otieno, who played for Gor Mahia last season. This season he has started with a bang, scoring two goals in his first game. He is the man that the Gor Mahia defence will need to watch closely.

Gor Mahia played well against Chemelil last Wednesday. But the attack has clearly not come together. When coach Frank Nuttall finds the right formula to combine Francis Kahata with Jacob Keli and Enock Agwanda, the goals are bound to come. With Kahata’s brilliant passing skills and Keli’s speed and ability to finish, fans are expecting improvement as Nuttall continues to sharpen the attack.

Coach Nuttall will have to do without newly signed striker Jacque Tuyisenge who is out for five weeks after sustaining a groin injury during the CHAN tournament.

“He (Tuyisenge) came back with a groin injury, we thought it was minor but it was not. We might have to wait for probably four to five weeks before he joins the team. It is a blow to us but things like these usually happen in the world of football.” said a source to goal.com