Gor Mahia held by Western Stima 1-1

Samuel Onyango in action against Stima

Gor Mahia’s 2019-2020 league campaign once again veered off track when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Western Stima at Kisumu on Wednesday. Gor Mahia’s goal was scored by Clifford Miheso. But disaster had stuck earlier in the 10th minute when Joash Onyango was sent off for fouling Benson Omalla. Which means Gor Mahia had to play most of the match with 10 men.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia Wednesday settled for a 1-1 draw with Western Stima in a Kenyan Premier League match at Moi Stadium, Kisumu.

Both sides finished the match with 10 men in the fiercely contested clash after Joash Onyango (Gor) and Oramchan Villa (Stima) were sent off.

Gor remain top with 45 points from 20 matches while Western Stima are still seventh with 32 points.

“The draw is okay considering we were playing most of the match with 10 men so I’m quite okay with how the boys played after the red card,” said Gor Mahia coach Steven Polack.

“I’m okay with the results as a draw is better than a loss,” said Western Stima coach Salim Babu.

The match was off to a slow start as neither side settled in the early exchanges.

Gor suffered a setback in the 12th minute when their defender Joash Onyango was red carded after hacking down goal-bound teenage sensation Benson Omala.

Polack introduced Joachim Oluoch for Geoffrey Ochieng in the 18th minute in what was a tactical move to counter the numerical disadvantage.

After a goalless first half, K’Ogalo grabbed the lead against the run of play when Cliffton Miheso lobbed Stima goalkeeper John Mwangi in the 52nd minute.

Babu responded by resting Chamberi Wankuru for Henry Onyango tow minutes later. And Stima got the equaliser in the 65th minute through Villa who beat Gor keeper Bonface Oluoch with a low shot.

Stima’s goal irked Gor supporters as they argued that Villa was offside.

“I believe the officials were not fair enough in today’s game but we can do nothing but accept the outcome,” said Polack.

Villa turned from hero to villain when he was sent off for a nasty sliding tackle on Gor midfielder Lawrence Juma.

Gor had a late chance to win the game but Juma shot straight at Mwangi.

Gor Mahia held by Western Stima 0-0

Tuyisenge in action against Stima

For the second consecutive match, Gor Mahia were held to a draw. This time it was Western Stima who held Kogalo 0-0 at Kisumu on Sunday.

Additional reporting from goal.com

The draw pushed Hassan Oktay’s men to 60 points, five adrift of Sofapaka in second, but with a game in hand.

Speaking after the match, Oktay blamed his strikers and said they are going to work on their finishing.

“We played well but wasted a lot of clear goal-scoring opportunities. This means we have to work on our finishing before the next match,” he said.

The champions, however, will have to do without former Harambee Stars Dennis Oliech who was withdrawn and rushed to the hospital at the hour mark after he got injured.

Oliech was immediately replaced by Nicholas Kipkirui in a match that saw the two sides waste opportunities to score.

ennedy Otieno was first to miss a clear chance of putting the power men ahead but failed to connect with Hubert Kopany’s cross before Francis Kahata did the same in the 24 minute, failing to beat Samwel Odhiambo from a Philemon Otieno delivery.

Despite K’Ogalo dominating the match in the first half, the scores remained unchanged into the second half with Oliech and his substitute Kipkirui missing clear scoring chances.

Gor Mahia held by Western Stima 1-1

Wendo is congratulated by team-mates

Gor Mahia’s quest to reach the top spot of the Sportpesa Premier League was tripped up on Wednesday when a determined Western Stima held them 1-1. Gor Mahia scored in the first half through Ernest Wendo. Western Stima replied in the 53rd minute.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Gor Mahia missed the chance to go top of the SportPesa Premier League table after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Western Stima at the Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday.

Eernest Wendo had fired the champions ahead in the 30th minute with a first time strike off a Dennis Oliech assist, but the visitors hit back in the second half with Vincent Odongo restoring parity at the hour mark with a long range shot.

In between, Gor’s Nicholas Kipkirui, Olirch and Jacques Tuyisenge missed a host of chances and the visitors held on.

K’Ogalo are now in second spot with26 points from 13 matches, two behind leaders Bandari.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay was disappointed with the two dropped points.

“It wasn’t our best game. The referee stopped the game for nine minutes and their goalkeeper was on the ground for eight minutes. ” We dropped two points We conceded a goal from 40 yards, we have a goalkeeping problem,” he said.

But his opposite number Paul Ogai hit back, claiming his side were by far the better team in this game, and that the Kenyan champions were lucky to have picked a point.”He (Oktay) is lucky to get a point and should just keep quiet, we lost two great chances to kill the game, we were the better side.”

After an early period of dominance by the hosts, Ernest Wendo stabbed home a Dennis Oliech’s pass to hand Oktay’s charges the lead in this game after 30 minutes.

But when the Green Army – and their excited fans at the venue – seemed to be cruising, Stima rallied back and scored the goal of the game via Vincent Odongo.He rifled home a shot from 35-yards, easily beating an embarrassed Gor custodian Fredrick Onyango at his near post in the process.

Onyango was standing in for the off-colour Boniface Oluoch.Jacques Tuyisenge, who seemed to be playing with some bit of discomfort, headed a Philemon Otieno cross over the opponent’s bar with only custodian Samwel Onyango to beat earlier on.

Then Dennis Oliech scuffed a shot which went narrowly wide moments later. And in the second half, super sub-Nicholas Kipkurui failed to find the back of the with a looping shot with Fredrick Onyango well beaten. Oktay though elected to comment on the several stoppages caused by supposed injuries to the Western Stima goalkeeper. “He (Oktay) is lucky to get a point and should just keep quiet, we lost two great chances to kill the game, we were the better side.”

Gor Mahia edge Western Stima 2-1

 

Unlike in 2014 when Kogalo won the league and took their foot off the accelerator and ended up losing to KCB, this time Gor Mahia have continued pedal to the medal. On Wednesday they beat Western Stima 2-1. The goals came from Francis Kahata and Wellington Ochieng . The loss puts Western Stima further in peril of relegation. hey are in 1th position only two points ahead of Thika United.

It was Stima who took the lead in the 17th minute from a Victor Omumbo penalty after Musa Mohamed was judged to have pushed a Stima player. In the 28th minute, Evans Kiwanuka should have doubled the lead. But with only Odhoji to beat, he skyed the ball over the bar.

Kogalo equalized when Francis Kahata sent a high ball into the area. The Wester Stima keeper misjudged the ball expecting a cross , only to see the ball sail into the net.

Kagere showed his poaching skills in the 35th minute when he intercepted a backpass but his effort hit the side netting.

Three minutes later, Wellington Ochieng put Kogalo ahead when he deflected a well taken free-kick from Walusimbi into the net. Then in the 44th minute, Ochieng was at it again, this time his shot almost resulted in an own goal as Vitalis Akumu struggled to make a goalmouth clearance.

The second half had far less action than the first. Jacque Tuyisenge who is chaing the golden boot had his best chance in the 58th minute when he met w Walusimbi cross but his effort went over the bar.

In the 80th minute, Bernard Ondiek tested Odhoji forcing a good save from the latter.

For Gor Mahia, this match presented opportunities for players like Shaban Odhoji who has seen little or no action all season and central defender Joash Onyango.  It was also an opportunity for players who are chasing individual awards to further make their case. The game also serves the purpose of keeping the players sharp and motivated.

Next up is Zoo Kericho on Sunday. The match is to be played in Kericho. Given the tension n the country, KPL should consider scheduling the match at a different venue.

Gor Mahia XI: Shaban Odhoji, Wellington Ochieng, Godfrey Walusimbi, Musa Mohamed, Joash Onyango, Ernest Wendo, George Odhiambo, Kenneth Muguna, Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge and Medie Kagere.

Western Stima starting  XI: Stephen Otieno, Junior Mukisa, Geoffrey Ochieng, Maurice Ojwang, Vincent Omumbo, Evans Kiwanuka, Bernard Ondiek, Vitalis Akumu,(Kevin Okoth) Brian Marita,(Fredrick Nyarombo) Ezekiel Otuoma(Mbumba Hamadi), Herbert Kopany.

Gor Mahia sunk by Western Stima 2-1

Gor Mahia lost their first match of the 2017 KPL season. After having taken a 16th minute lead, Gor Mahia conceded two second half goals.

Additional reporting from Capital Sports

Jacques Tuyisenge had given K’Ogalo an early lead at the quarter hour mark from the spot to see his side go to the breather ahead.

Western Stima returned a better side in the second half with Fredrick Shimonyo restoring parity for the host in the 67th minute before Kennedy Otieno sealed the win with nine minutes to stoppage time.

The win saw Gor remain third on six points same as their rivals AFC Leopards who are second on a better goal difference and a match at hand.

Western Stima on the other hand picked their first win of the season to sit 13th of three points but have a match at hand.

Gor controlled the opening half with Burundian defender Karim Niizigiyimana coming close in the 33rd minute through a wonderful strike but the Western Stima coach was alert to parry the shot for a fruitless corner.

After the break, attacking midfielder Francis Kahata had a chance to double the scores for the 15-time record Kenyan Premier League champions, but saw his attempt calmly collected by the keeper.

K’Ogalo head coach Jose ‘Ze Maria’ withdrew Timothy Otieno for Meddie Kagere but the change could not take immediate effect as Western Stima drew level on the other end.

George ‘Black Berry’ Odhiambo was brought in for Ernest Wendo as Ze Maria strengthened his forward, seeking to reclaim the lead.

However, its Western Stima who went ahead in the 81st minute through Kennedy Otieno, a lead that they held for the victory.

Gor Mahia take on Western Stima

Gor Mahia will carry their two match unbeaten record that has left them at the top of the standings to Kisumu this weekend. There they will take on Western Stima on Sunday. The Powermen are smarting after they lost their opening league match 3-1 to Sofapaka. But coach Ray Omino has vowed to correct all the mistakes prior to their match against Gor Mahia.

“Of course we were disappointed by the outcome of the match on Sunday. But we made many mistakes and conceded many free kicks and Sofapaka capitalised on that. We have been working on the errors that we made and hopefully on Sunday, we will see a very different side,” Omino said to the Star.

Omino attributed the loss last weekend to lack of match fitness but he vowed that this time things will be different.

“It was obvious that our opponents (Sofapaka) were match fit compared to us. Their reaction was quicker while we struggled on the second balls. The late start to the season has in some way disoriented us but we are confident that as the season goes by, we will improve,” he continued to the Star

One Gor Mahia player who will be working to gain match fitness is skipper Musa Mohamed who was injured in the Harambee stars match with Uganda. But the defender is eager to work his way back to fitness and possibly be in the starting line up.

“I have not been able to train, but the pain has subsided considerably. I want to see how it will fare tomorrow because I want to train lightly with the rest of the squad. Hopefully, I will recover in time for the match in Kisumu,” Mohammed said to Supersport

Musa has been a reliable soldier for Gor Mahia and Harambee stars for several years now, appearing in almost every club game. For this reason, coach Ze Maria may choose to give him additional rest as a precaution.

“I think the spirit of the players this season is very high and we have a lot of options in terms of players. This is what will distinguish us from the rest of the teams and I believe we will be consistent,” Mohammed said.

Fans will be hoping that the high spirits that Mohamed speaks of have not been dented due to late payment of salaries.

Gor Mahia held by Western Stima 2-2

Gor Mahia were held 2-2 by Western Stima in a midweek clash
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Substitute Bernard Ondiek denied Gor Mahia a chance to close the gap to four points with his late equalizer that ensured a 2-2 draw as Gor Mahia and Western Stima faced off in their midweek Kenyan Premier League match played at Nyayo National Stadium.

Godfrey Walusimbi had scored at the 75th minute heading in from an Innocent Wafula’s cross leaving Gor Mahia poised to win the match until Ondiek’s header came in the dying minutes of the game.

First goal

Western Stima came into this top of the table clash seeking the first win and first goal from Gor Mahia ever since May 2013 and it was Kenneth Muguna who launched the attack setting up former Gor forward Hubert Kopany who floated in a cross to waiting Kennedy Agogo Otieno. Otieno never disappointed as he sent the ball into the net just before halftime.

It was Gor Mahia who had a strong start and Godfrey Walusimbi was the first player to get a clear cut chance but shot over the post. He later set up Francis Kahata who also missed to find the target from the edge of the box.

First Stima chance

Western Stima later started responding as the 20th minute mark approached but Brian Marita was unable to dribble past Boniface Olouch. Otieno tried his luck but Olouch stood tall once again in goal to deny him. Towards the end of the first half both teams came up strongly but it was Stima’s efforts that paid off first.

Five minutes from halftime, Gor Mahia won a penalty after Jacques Tuyisenge was brought down in the 18 yard box. Enock Agwanda took it and sent Gabriel Andika the wrong way to equalize for Gor Mahia.

Standings

Gor Mahia remain second with 45 points, six behind leaders Tusker FC. Western Stima on the other hand are fourth with 41 points from 26 matches.

Gor Mahia Starting XI:
Boniface Oluoch (GK), Wellington Ochieng’, Haron Shakava, Musa Mohammed (Innocent Wafula), Erick Ouma, Anthony Mbugua (Collins Okoth), Francis Kahata, Godfrey Walusimbi, George Odhiambo, Jacques Tuyisenge, Enock Agwanda (Jacob Keli)

Unused Subs:
Fredrick Onyango (GK), Abouba Sibomana, Amos Nondi, Meddie Kagere

Western Stima Starting XI:
Gabriel Andika [GK], Dennis Sikhayi, Wesley Onguso, Maurice Ojwang, Joash Onyango, (Bernard Ondiek) Fredrick Shimonyo, Brian Marita,Kenneth Muguna, Hubert Kopany, Wesley Kemboi (Raymond Murugi), Kennedy Otieno

Unused Sub:
Levies Opiyo, Fredrick Nyarombo, Daniel Makachi, Victor Oduor,Kevin Okoth

Gor Mahia take on Western Stima

Gor Mahia hope to continue their climb up the KPL table when they play Western Stima at Moi stadium Kisumu on Sunday. The Lakeside venue is proving to be a good hunting ground for Kogalo. Last weekend, Gor Mahia played the best football they have played this season. Fans finally got to see the “Samba Touch” that tactician Ze Maria has been installing.

The Power men could prove to be tough nut to crack. They are currently in 7th place with 18 points, only two behind Gor Mahia. And exactly one year ago, these two teams met at the same venue. That match ended in a 0-0 draw. Gor Mahia won the second leg match 1-0.

Stima’s last match was on May 9 and ended in a 2-2 draw with Mathare. Stima were disappointed at giving up a two goal lead but coach Henry Omino is determined to make amends on Sunday.

“It is eleven against eleven and if we play as we did last weekend, we shall definitely win, that I am sure. We should just be industrious on the pitch and ensure we do not make silly mistakes.” he said to goal.com

Gor Mahia for their part warmed up for their weekend match by beating Jericho All Stars 2-0 at Camp Toyoyo. The goals were scored by Khalid Aucho and Innocent Wafula.

 

Gor Mahia held by Western Stima

Gor Mahia were held 1-1 by Western Stima in a friendly match played on Sunday in Kisumu. Enock Agwanda scored the match opener in the third minute. Western Stima equalized in injury time of the second half.

Agwanda is proving a reliable scorer. He converted one of the penalties against St George, scored against Al Hilal and has scored again. It will be difficult to dislodge him from the starting line-up this season.

It is Gor Mahia’s last build up match before they travel to Uganda on Tuesday to play Uganda giants Sports club Villa.

Other reports suggest that Gor Mahia hae signed KCB goalkeeper Sammy Okinda. He now joins a goalkeeping cores that has Boniface Oluoch, Jerim Onyango and Gradus Ochieng.