Gor Mahia take on Vihiga United at Bukhungu

Gor Mahia, still flying high after their surprise 4-2 win over Zamalek will take on Vihiga United at Bukhungu on Wednesday.

Coach Oktay will need to get the players to forget about the Zamalek match and focus on the local scene again. If players get carried away, they might lose focus. However coach Oktay believes the result against Zamalek will only bolster the team.

“Last week we were under a lot of pressure but the victory has helped us to calm down. The boys are now more confident and I don’t expect any more poor results. The only problem is that we have a tough schedule but we shall cope.” he told the Nation.

Vihiga for their part are aiming for improvement. They are only two points above the relagation zone and have scored the second fewest number of goals.

“That is a respected opponent for sure, but we want to give our best. We are aiming at three points. We have a problem in front of the goal but we are working to rectify that”. said assistant coach Francis Xavier to the Nation.

Vihiga United are experts at forcing draws. They have drawn 7 matches out of the 11 that they have played. They will likely deploy an ultra defensive line-up against Gor Mahia even though coach Mururi claims they are going for three points.

“Yes, Gor Mahia is a good side, we respect them but to me, its football and it won’t be easy for them. We are prepared to collect maximum points here,” said Mururi to futaa.com

Indeed last season Gor Mahia did not fair well against Vihiga United. After struggling to win the first leg 1-0, they lost to Vihiga 2-0 in the second leg.

The match kicks off at 3pm Wednesday at Bukhungu

Gor Mahia go down to Vihiga 2-0

Gor Mahia succumbed to their third straight loss, going down to relegation threatened Vihiga United 2-0. Fans who thought there would be an improved performance now that the outstanding player salaries have been settled were left disappointed.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Vihiga United shocked Gor Mahia 2-0 in a SportPesa Premier League match at the Mumias Complex on Wednesday.

The result was enough to pull the hosts clear of the relegation zone and they are now almost assured of a place in the top-flight next season.

They are now 37 points, five ahead of 16th placed Chemelil Sugar who visit already relegated Thika United Thursday afternoon.

Goals in each half from left winger Amos Kigadi and forward Stephen Wakanya were enough to hand K’Ogalo their fourth defeat of the season

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr brushed aside reporters who wanted to interview him after the match.

“Go away! What do you want?”, yelled Kerr, who looked agitated as he slowly followed his players to their bus.

Vihiga United tactician Mike Mururi said they only require a draw in Sunday’s match against Kariobangi Sharks at the same venue to avoid the chop.

“I honestly thank the players for putting up a brave show. They were focused throughout the match which eventually brought us the victory,” he said.

Gor Mahia started off brightly with strikers Bernard Ondiek, Jacques Tuyisenge and Boniface Omondi proving to be a menace to their opponents’ defence led by Bernard Ochieng.

The hosts took time to settle as and it came as a surprise when Chris Masinza put though Kigadi, who rounded up defender Shakava to hit the top of the net for the opening goal in the 32nd minute.

Champions Gor went in search of an equaliser and Tuyisenge came agonisingly close after hitting the cross bar on the stroke of half time.

After the breather, Vihiga proved stronger than their opponents, who found the going tough in rain soaked field that made their movement difficult, in the encounter that was watched by a capacity crowd.

A lapse in the Gor defence cost them dearly and Wakanya capitalised to power home the second goal in the 64th minute.

Whistler Hosea Omondi was forced to flash a yellow card to Vihiga goalkeeper Geoffrey Oputi, who held the ball, rolled it, before picking it again

More to come

 

Gor Mahia in hard fought 1-0 win over Vihiga United

Gor Mahia were made to work hard for three points at Kisumu on Saturday. But they were finally ever to overcome resistance from Vihiga. The all important goal came from Jacque Tuyisenge.

Additional reporting from goal.com
Gor Mahia’s perfect run in the Kenyan Premier League continued after registering their seventh win in eight matches.

The sixteen times champions came into the match as favourites, owing to Vihiga United’s poor run that had seen the team draw four and lose three of their last seven matches.

Vihiga was keen on defending, as seen in the first few minutes, trying to play long balls and relying on counter attacks. But their resolve was broken in the fourteenth minute when Francis Kahata did well to pick Jacques Tuyisenge, and the latter did well to put the ball past Barnabas Tiema.

Former AFC Leopards man Charles Okwemba could have leveled matters in the 19th minute after a good pass by Christopher Masinza, but he failed to hit the target.

The visitors had Tiema to thank for keeping the score line 1-0, after he made a number of stunning saves that denied Meddie Kagere.

Tuyisenge, George Odhiambo and Kahata were all guilty of missing great chances as K’Ogalo moved top of the group on 19 points.
The champions, who are preparing for Caf Confederation Cup first leg match against SuperSport United, have won seven matches and drawn one, scoring fourteen goals in the process.

Gor Mahia XI: Bonface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Haron Shakava, Joash Onyango, Wesley Onguso, Samuel Onyango, Francis Kahata, Humphrey Mieno, Meddie Kagere, George Odhiambo and Jacques Tuyisenge.

Reserves: Fredrick Odhiambo, Charles Monyanyi, Innocent Wafula, Bonface Omondi, Bernard Ondieki, Kevin Omondi and Ephraim Guikan.