Tag: Gor Mahia vs SoNy Sugar



30 May 18

Silencing critics: Ephrem Guikan

Striker Ephrem Guikan once again came to the rescue of Kogalo as he continues to silence his critics. This time his 37th minute strike gave Kogalo 3 crucial points against SoNy Sugar.

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Gor Mahia maintained their lead atop the KPL standings with a 1-0 win over SoNY Sugat at Kisumu stadium on Additional reporting from the Nation

Champions Gor Mahia moved six points clear at the top of the SportPesa Premier League after a slim 1-0 win over bottom-placed Sony Sugar in a mid-week match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Wednesday.

Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan’s 38th minute strike was enough to hand K’Ogalo the three points against their Awendo-based opponents.

Gor are now on 34 points from 14 matches, with Ulinzi in second on 28 points from 16 matches. Sony remain bottom of the pile with 14 points from 17 matches.

Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr said while his side missed several chances, they played a good game as they kept possession in the entire match.

“We always want to press and score goals and the players did exactly that today. Yes we would have scored more goals but this is football anything can happen, it is a victory and I’m happy about it,” said Kerr.

His Sony Sugar counterpart Patrick Odhiambo defend his side’s decision to play behind the ball most of the time saying it was a tactical approach.

“In the first half we did not go in front most of the time and this was to avoid opening the game to give our opponents a chance to score more goals. We tried in the second half and created few chances but we were not lucky,” said Odhiambo.

As expected Gor began the duel impressively, making their first attempt at goal through a corner-kick, but Samuel Olare cleared the ball to safety, before Rwandese Meddie Kagere came close to netting his side’s first goal a few minutes later but his header went over the crossbar by a few inches.

Humphrey Mieno was not lucky as two successive chances that came his way were well dealt with by Kevin Omondi in the Sony goal.

After a beautiful run on the right wing, Ugandan Geofrey Walusimbi managed to find Guikan with a delicious cross in the danger area, however the latter was not lucky too as his header went wide.

Kagere thought he had beaten Omondi with his header inside the box minutes later, but the custodian managed find his footing to claim the ball before it sailed in.

Ernest Wendo managed to cut through the Sony’s defence minutes later and set Kagere with a through pass from the edge of the box, but the striker’s shot was weak and did not perturb Omondi in goal.

Guikan finally broke the deadlock in the 38th minute with an easy finish after connecting well with Innocent Wafula’s dangerous cross inside the box.

Bonface Oluoch had a field day in the first half as host Sony Sugar made no attempts at goal.

Upon resumption, Clinton Omondi made Sony’s first attempt at Gor Mahia’s goal with a long strike from the left wing, but the safe hands of Oluoch comfortably gathered the ball.

Sony were awarded a free-kick in the 52nd minute after Gor captain Harun Shakava fouled Tobias Otieno outside the box, but Omondi failed to hit the target.

The hosts seemed to have gained some momentum in the second half as they were again on the offensive minutes later, but Shakava blocked Derrick Otanga’s shot outside the danger area.

Through Francis Kahata, Gor made a counter attack on the right flank, but Olare cleared the ball for a corner kick which resulted to nothing.

Guikan came close to doubling Gor’s advantage in the 65th minute with a rebound from Kahata’s free-kick, but he was denied by Omondi.

The first substitution of the match came two minutes later with Sony bringing on Stephen Ouma for Clinton Omondi.

Omondi was forced to come out of his line in the 72nd minute to deny Guikan who was rushing to finish off a rebound from Kagere’s parried shot.

Center referee Bard Yassin ruled out Guikan’s second goal in the 87th minute as the striker had handed the ball before sending it into the back of the net.

Kagere wasted a glorious opportunity to net Gor’s second goal in the 90th minute after a one-one situation with goalkeeper Omondi.

The Rwandan import was not lucky again as his clever shot with the back of his leg inside the box failed to hit the target with Kevin Oluoch rushing to clear it for safety.


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15 Apr 17

Gor Mahia consolidated their lead in the 2017 Kenya Premier league with yet another hard fought win. This time they beat SoNy Sugar 2-1 in Kisumu on Saturday. Ernest Wendo scored the opening goal. And yet again it was Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere who came through with the all important goal to give Gor Mahia a 2-1 win.

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Inside the first minute, Rwandan Jacques Tuyisenge was presented with a golden opportunity from a Godfrey Walusimbi cross with only the keeper to beat but he placed his header over and wide.

The 15-time champions were using their strength on the wings to destabilize Sony with Walusimbi and Karim Nizigiyimana employed as wingbacks doing most of the donkey work.

Goal scorer Kagere also had a superb opportunity from another superb worked move from wide, but he could not find the target after Nizigiyimana had picked him up perfectly.

Gor continued to dominate and Kenneth Muguna came close to his second goal of the season with a shot from distance which went over.

Sony had struggled to create chances as Gor denied them spaces, but they managed to squeeze one with Amos Asembeka crossing in but George Abege saw his header well collected by Boniface Oluoch.

Gor were rewarded for their perfect start in the 22nd minute when Ernest Wendo grabbed his debut goal with a well struck low shot after a Sony poor clearance from a Gor corner found him well placed at the edge of the box.

Sony provided the response in the 38th minute with George Abege breaking the offside trap and skipping past Oluoch to tap into an empty net. The Gor defense had been left standing with their arms up, thinking the second assistant ref would call for offside.

K’Ogalo however, rose back into the lead just three minutes after the restart.

The ball landed perfectly on Kagere’s path after Muguna’s attempt at a shot was futile, the Ugandan-born Rwandese simply tapped in past Kevin Otieno in the Sony Sugar goal.

Gor would have late chances with Tuyisenge seeing a header off a Nizigiyimana cross being saved while Muguna had a shot go over.

John ‘Softie’ Ndirangu earned his first piece of action in a Gor jersey later on and he showed glimpses of what is expected of him with a fine shot from distance that was well handled by the Sony shot stopper.

“It was a tough match because Sony have never been an easy opponent for us. We are happy with the win though because getting three points back-to-back gives us a lot of confidence. We played very well especially in the second half and we hope we can keep up that way,” Gor Mahia skipper Musa Mohammed told Capital Sport after the match.


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14 Apr 17

After a hard fought win against Kakamega Homeboyz at Afraha last weekend, Gor Mahia are back in the title hunt. They will be trying to maintain their lead in the stadings when they take on SoNy Sugar of Awendo at teh friendly confines of Moi stadium Kisumu.

SoNy Sugar who are currently eighth in the standings, are in high spirits after beating Thika United 1-0 last weekend.

SoNy Sugar has always been a tough nut to crack. In the last 4 years, the match typically ends in a hard earned 1-0 win for Kogalo and in some rare cases a 0-0 draw.  In 2016, Gor Mahia were held 0-0 by SoNy Sugar at Awendo, a results that slowed down Gor Mahia’s title chase. Ze Maria who is keen to make amends will be going for nothing less than a win.

Prior to that scoreless draw, Gor Mahia had won the first leg 1-0. In 2015, Gor Mahia pipped SoNy Sugar 1-0 in the first  and second legs. The second leg win is what clinched the league title for Gor Mahia with the goal coming from Innocent Wafula. In the 2015 first leg, it was a sublime free-kick from Ali Abondo that earned Kogalo a 1-0 win at Awendo.

This time coach Salim Babu of SoNy Sugar is determined to turn the tables. He was at Afraha stadium last  weekend scouting and he thinks he has found a formula to beat Gor Mahia.

“We have seen their strengths especially playing from the wings and we know what to do to beat them. It is a big team of course and they have always been tough against us, but we are determined to get a win past them and I know with the motivation my boys have, it is possible,” said Babu to Capital FM.

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria knows it will be a tough outing.

“It is a tough match against Sony because they play like a unit. They have good individual players but for us, our objective remains to win our matches. We know the fans expect a lot from us and always, we should go there prepared to win,” said the former Brazil international.

According to Judith Nyangi, the traveling squad is as follows:

Boniface Oluoch, Peter Odhiambo, Karim Nizigiyimana, Godfrey Walusimbi, Haron Shakava, Musa Mohammed,Wellington Ochieng’, Ernest Wendo, JacquesTuysenge, Kenneth Muguna, Meddie Kagere, George Odhiambo, Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza, Francis Kahata, Philemon Otieno,Antony Mbugua, Timothy Otieno, John Ndirangu and Innocent Wafula.

Still missing from the squad is Collins Okoth “Gattuso” who does not seem to have made amends with the club’s technical bench.

According to Judith Nyangi, the match kickoff time is 3pm on Saturday April 15.


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3 Aug 16

Gor Mahia’s title chase was slowed down by SoNy Sugar at Awendo green stadium when they were held to a 0-0 draw
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K’Ogalo came into the match knowing that victory of any kind will ensure they remain close to league leaders Tusker FC

Gor Mahia were held to a barren draw by Sony Sugar in a mid-week league match played at Awendo Green Stadium on Wednesday.

K’Ogalo came into the match knowing a win will ensure they remain close to league leaders Tusker FC, who were to play Thika United later on with Sony Sugar aiming to continue with a good run in the league that has seen them rise from relegation zone.

The match started well with both teams keen for an opener as the tempo intensified from the first minute. The sugar millers gave as much as they received with Gor Mahia pressing for an early opener to ease the pressure. In the 15th minute, Amos Nondi curled in a wonderful corner-kick after custodian Timothy Odhiambo had parried the ball; unfortunately he was unable to hit the target. Two minutes later, Erick Ouma did a replica of the same.

It was quite unfortunate for Sony Sugar not to take the lead in the 35th minute as Valen Mahero floated in a wonderful cross, but no one was there to head it home. Gor Mahia ended the first half on a high note as they won a free-kick just outside the box, but Odhiambo did well to deny Erick Ouma.

After the break, Sony Sugar came back stronger with substitute Amos Asembeka bringing all sorts of trouble in K’Ogalo defense, but still no goal was coming forth. The hosts resorted to cautious play as they looked keen for a draw, as Gor Mahia intensified their attacks.

Unfortunately after 90th minutes it was 0-0. The result means Gor Mahia have 32 points from 20 matches as Sony Sugar registered their 24th point of the season.

Starting XI: Bonface Oluoch, Karim Nizigiyamana, Abouba Sibomana (Walusimbi Godfrey), Musa Mohammed, Wellington Ochieng, Ernest Wendo (Enock Agwanda), Innocent Wafula (Francis Kahata), Amos Nondi, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge, Eric Ouma

Unused Subs: Samuel Okinda, Luke Ochieng, George Odhiambo, Godfrey Walusimbi,Godfrey Walusimbi, Anthony Mbugua, Francis Kahata


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2 Aug 16

Blackberry in action against Charles Bruno of SoNy in April

After a brief break from the Kenya Premier League, Gor Mahia resume action on Wednesday August 3 when they take on SoNy Sugar at Awendo.

Gor Mahia’s form of late has been less than convincing. They were held to two succesive draws and last week it took a last gasp effort from an Enock Agwanda throw in to grab a late winner in the fifth minute of injury time.

Teams are coming in determined to doggedly defend against Gor Mahia because grabbing a point against the champions is a significant achievement for any team. And Gor Mahia’s attack is not as sharp as it was in 2015 which means early goals that would open up the game have been scarce.

“Last season, we set very high standards for ourselves and now our fans expect us to win every match. It is putting us under a lot of pressure especially when you consider the fact that no team wants to lose or drop points as they are looking at a respectable finish on the log,” said skipper Musa Mohamed.

“It is a tough game for us. Every team wants a point from Gor Mahia and we must strive to be strong and focused and not underrate anyone. At this stage in the league, before you take a point from anyone you really have to fight hard,” he continued.

The play of the club has been below expected Standards so much so that some fans are asking for coach Ze maria to be replaced. What they forget is that before the Brazilian tactician took over, Gor Mahia were close to the relegation zone.

Nevertheless, Ze Maria will need to work diligently to sharpen the attack and in particular find a formation where both Tuyisenge and Kagere can thrive.

To partner Musa Mohamed in defence, Gor Mahia will line-up Luke Ochieng since Harun Shakava is suspended, having accumulated 5 yellow cards. Ochieng has not impressed since he joined and in fact has appeared unsure in some games. He is one player who will need to improve.

Matches between these two teams have been gard fought of late. The two teams last met in April where Gor Mahia won 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Tuyisenge. In fact Gor Mahia has beaten SoNy Sugar by identical 1-0 scores. Late in 2015, Gor Mahia clinched the league by beating SoNy Sugar 1-0 thanks to a goal by Innocent Wafula. In the first leg of 2015, it was an Ali Abondo free-kick that seperated the two sides at Awendo. This Wednesday promises to be no different.


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22 Apr 16

Image courtesy of Bonface Osano

Gor Mahia will resume their hunt for 2016 Kenya Premier League points when they take on SoNy Sugar at the Nyayo stadium on Saturday.  The match was initially scheduled for Afraha stadium in Nakuru. This is because Kasarani was booked for another league match, City stadium is unavailable while  Nyayo stadium was initially booked for the match between the Kenya U20 side and their Sudanese counterparts.  Nyayo became available once Kenya was disqualified.

New coach Jose Marcelo aka Ze Maria has yet to convince fans that his samba touch . Fans will be eager to see an improvement in results. So far Kogalo have won only two out of five matches. They have only conceded six goals which means the defence and goalkeeping departments are still solid. And Gor Mahia have dominated large swathes of matches but have been unable to convert possession into goals.

Boniface Owino who was between the posts for the last two games will likely be in goal again as he awaits the disciplinary measures that KPL will met out againt him for pushing the referee during the chaotic encounter with Tusker last Saturday. KPL are due to make a ruling next week.

“Once such a matter has been captured in the referees report, it is taken over by our disciplinary committee. In this case, they are scheduled to sit next week,” said Jack Oguda to goal.com

Last year SoNy proved a tough nut to crack. Gor Mahia beat them 1-0 in an intense battle thanks to a goal by Innocent Wafula. It was the win the sealed the 2015 KPL title for Kogalo. The good news for Gor Mahia is that SoNy Sugar are also having a rough season. One win from nine matches has left them second from bottom.

 


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7 Nov 15

Karim Nizigiyimana holding the cup. Photo from the Nation

Gor Mahia continued with their Grand March to a historic season when they beat SoNy Sugar 2-1 in a hard fought encounter to win their third trophy of the season. It was not easy for Gor Mahia. SoNy who had beaten Sofapaka 3-1 put on a battle. And with Gor Mahia players showing signs of fatigue, SoNy Sugar led for most of the match after having taken the lead in the 9th minute via Andrew Sekayombya whose overhead scissors kick put his side in the lead. The hero of the day was Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere who equalized and sent the game to extra time ebfore he later slotted the winner in the 114th minute from the  penalty spot following a handball from Eugene Ochieng.

After having scored early, SoNy kept Gor Mahia at bay. Particularly outstanding was goalkeeper Allan Owiny who one could make an argument for man of the match. He pulled off point blank save after  point blank save to frustrate Gor Mahia attackers. Michael Olunga missed numerous chances and is likely showing signs of fatigue.  In the 35th minute he received a pass from Kagere but with the goalmouth begging, he could not connect. In the 39th minute he sent the ball overboard from close range. Kagere too was guilty of missing chances in the first half.

In the second half Gor Mahia, coach Nuttall replaced Collins Okoth with Enock Agwanda. Gor Mahia continued to press and maintain the Lions share of possession. In the 57th minute, Agwanda’s throw in found Olunga whose header was saved by Allan Owiny. Gor Mahia pressed and finnaly found an equalizer in the 78th minute when Ali Abondo’s freekick found Meddie Kagere who headed home.

At 90 minutes the score was 1-1 and the game went into extra time. George Odhiambo came in for Innocent Wafula as coach Nuttall continued to bring on attackers. The first half of extra time ended without incident. The all important goal came in the 114th minute when Kagere placed a well taken penalty passed Owiny in the SoNy goal.

KPL Top 8 record

Gor Mahia last won the KPL Top 8 in 2012. On that occassion they had beaten Tusker 4-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals with goals coming from Moses Odhiambo, Edwin Lavatsa, Rama Salim and Ivan Anguyo. In the final they beat Ulinzi 2-0 with two extra time goals from Rama Salim and Itubu Imbem. The KPL Top 8 was inaugurated in 2011. Both Gor Mahia and Tusker have now won the cup twice.

Just as important, Gor Mahia have maintained their 2015 unbeaten record in 2015. And yet again they did it against a determined SoNy side.


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16 Sep 15

Gor Mahia fans celebrate Wafula’s goal against SoNy

Gor Mahia have won the 2015 Kenya Premier League with four games to spare after beating SoNy Sugar 1-0 in a decisive match played at Nyayo stadium on Wednesday

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A first half goal courtesy of Innocent Wafula was enough to hand K’Ogalo a record fifteenth Kenyan Premier League title and a third in a row and also cemented their supremacy on the local scene.

The last time a team won a third consecutive crown was during the 1983, 1984 and 1985 season. Going into the match against Sony Sugar, the league champions needed just a point to be confirmed champions and instead picked three to send their tally to 66.

After being held to a barren draw by Ulinzi Stars on Sunday in a move that delayed their coronation, Gor Mahia were not taking any chances on Wednesday and started pushing for the crucial goal right from the first whistle. Coach Frank Nuttall preferred to start George Odhiambo and Ali Abondo, who have been missing of late in his starting line-up.

Odhiambo popularly known as ‘Blackberry’ made his first contribution in the 5th minute sneaking inside the Sony Sugar backline but was denied by Allan Owiny in goal. The pressure continued and Godfrey Walusimbi’s well taken cross was headed out.
Then the stadium was plunged into darkness for about nine minutes as the engineers fought frantically to restore power. Impatient fans turned on lights on their mobile phones with no one wanting to go home. When play resumed, Gor Mahia continued to control the proceedings with Ali Abondo’s shot going just wide.

Sony Sugar had their moment to come into the match in the 25th minute with Marwa Chamberi testing Boniface Oluoch with a long cross that however, did not bother the calm goalkeeper. On the other side of the pitch, there was worry from Gor Mahia fans when top striker Michael Olunga came down awkwardly as he tried to dispossess Sony Sugar’s Alfred Onyango and needed treatment to come back into the match.

The opening goal finally came in the 39th minute from Innocent Wafula, who found himself at the end of a great move initiated by Meddie Kagere and Godfrey Walusimbi. Gor Mahia were unrelenting even as the second half kicked-off keeping Olwiny in Sony’s goal busy. The Sony Sugar goalkeeper stretched well to deny Olunga in the 50th minute.

From the hour mark the sugar millers looked the more determined side with Marwa Chamberi causing Gor Mahia problems on the flanks but he could only get a fruitless corner for all his efforts. But Gor Mahia still had better possessions and time and again burst upfront threatening to score. On one such occasion, Innocent Wafula’s goal bound shot was put out by Olwiny for a fruitless corner.

Gor Mahia rested George Odhiambo for Enock Agwanda and Khalid Aucho for Collins Okoth but the title was already won.


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16 Sep 15

Gor Mahia could finally clinch the 2015 Sportpesa Kenya premier league on Wednesday when they take on SoNy Sugar at Nyayo stadium. Gor Mahia only needs a point against SoNy Sugar that will put them at 64 points, giving them an unassailable lead.

On November 7 when the trophy is presented, skipper Musa Mohamed will be holding aloft the league trophy, marking Gor Mahia’s third consecutive title which will allow them to keep the trophy for good. Musa Mohamed has made over 200 appearances for Gor Mahia having joined in 2010 and it is fitting that he would lift the trophy. In terms of years of service, he is second only to Jerim Onyango who lifted the trophy in 2014.

But SoNy Sugar will be in no mood to yield. Ever since they hired coach Salim Babu, they are a drastically improved side. Whereas they were once battling relegation, of late they have been putting distance between themselves and the relegation zone. Their recent 2-0 win over former title contenders Sofapaka is especially impressive and should serve as a warning to Gor Mahia in case complacency is kicking in.

Coach Babu tried to mimic Robert Matano by claiming it is Gor Mahia who are under pressure.

“We have prepared well and we are ready for the match. It’s a big game. We are aiming for positive result and that is why we have been training,” he said.

“We will not leave empty handed because they (Gor Mahia) are the ones under pressure. They will underrate us and that is when we will take our chances,” he said to the Nation.

The match kicks off at 1900hrs at Nyayo stadium. With this convenient time, fans should show up in droves to cheer the team. Coach Nuttall has urged fans to turn out in large numbers.

We look forward to playing our next opponents on Wednesday and I urge as many fans as possible to come and enjoy the match, Nuttal said to the club site.

Former SoNy Sugar and Gor Mahia coach Zedekiah Otieno “Zico” for his part  is sure that Gor Mahia will win.
“When I lost to Gor Mahia while still at Sony, I predicted that the former would go all the way and win the league unbeaten. We had a great team then and if they beat us, no one will stop them.”  he said to the Standard.

>Gor Mahia beat SoNy 1-0 in a tense match during the first leg thanks to a sublime free-kick from Ali Abondo who scored against the team of his youth.
This match also offers Meddie Kagere and Michael Olunga one of their last chances to catch up with Jesse Were of Tusker in the scorers log. However under coach Frank Nuttall, both players have proven unselfish and will readily set up a team-mate for a goal.
 


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6 May 15

The scorer was Ali Abondo

Gor Mahia edged a SoNy Sugar side that was determined to make amends for their 1-5 loss to AFC Leopards. The final score was 1-0 in favour of Kogalo. The all important goal came from a direct free kick by Ali Abondo.

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Ali ‘Teargas’ Abondo made the big difference curving home a beauty from outside the box as K’Ogalo edged past sugar millers to extend leadership

Despite arriving in Awendo eleven hours to kick-off, Gor Mahia maintained their unbeaten start to the season after seeing off Sony Sugar 1-0 in a league match played at a waterlogged Stadium on Wednesday.

Ali ‘Teargas’ Abondo thundered home the all important from a well curved free-kick in 57th minute to stretch K’Ogalo’s lead at the top of the 16-team table to seven points. Gor Mahia now have 26 points while second placed Thika United have collected seventeen.

The defending champions settled as early as the second minute with in-form Michael Olunga hitting a fierce shot which went agonizingly wide but acted as a reminder for ‘Zico’s men, who suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat in the hands of AFC Leopards during previous fixture.

Despite trying hard to get the composure, the home side could not match the visitors’ tempo in first quarter of the game and the former brewer went close again in 13th minute but failed to connect a fine pass. Sony slowly came back into the game and resorted to ball possession in a game which was dictated by heavy down pour that rendered the pitch unplayable.

The hosts would have gone ahead in the 24th minute when Vincent Ouma hit the outside of the goal post with Boniface Oluoch well beaten. Both teams struggled to control the ball effectively in a pitch which was flooded and resorted to long balls which were not effective as defenders sort to clearance on the first touch.

At the break, it was even with fans looking disappointed by lack of goals, while the hosts felt lucky for not conceding in the first half. After the break, the fourteen times premier league champions looked optimistic and they were more comfortable with neat passes at the center of the pack which clearly showed they  did not miss services of their hard tackling midfielder Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth, who sat out due to a bout of malaria.

The Green Army got their breakthrough in 57th minute when Ali Abondo curled home a free-kick past desperate Jairus Adira to give the visitors a lead, after a foul just outside the 18-yard box. It was a goal they needed to gain their confidence and Olunga could have doubled the advantage but his shot hit the post in the 70th minute.

‘Zico’s men looked lost in the final minutes as K’ogalo launched attack after attack orchestrated by Khalid Aucho but they could not penetrate the former’s defense, who decided to pack the bus and avoid conceding more goals. It is the eighth win for Gor Mahia as they extend their lead on top of the table to 26 points while Sony suffered their second defeat in a row to remain eighth with fourteen points.


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