Gor Mahia earned a hard fought 1-0 win over Zoo Kericho on Sunday.
The all important goal came from Boniface Omondi
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Boniface Omondi scored the lone goal as champions Gor Mahia defeated Zoo FC 1-0 in their Kenyan Premier League match at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday.
The win saw the defending champions make it four wins out of four and maintain their lead at the top of the table with 12 points.
K’Ogalo were made to wait until the last 10 minutes of the game before Omondi received a well weighted cross from Kennedy Otieno inside the danger zone and side stepped his markers, and fired a powerful shot that was first blocked by Zoo custodian Martin Elungat, before it rolled into the empty net in the 81st minute.
Gor head coach Steve Pollack admitted that his charges were sluggish in the first half and praised the Zoo defence for frustrating the Gor strikers.
“After the halftime pep talk, the boys heeded my advice and this changed the way they played in the last 15 minutes. However, I am happy they laboured to score a single goal and that to me is satisfying,” said coach Pollack.
On his part, Zoo coach Herman Iswekha blamed lack of concentration by his defenders in the final quarter of the match.
Gor Mahia on Wednesday put aside issues concerning player departures to trounce Zoo Kericho 4-0 at Kericho Green stadium.
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Dennis Oliech struck twice as champions Gor Mahia hit Zoo Kericho 4-0 at the Kericho Green Stadium on Wednesday to keep their dream of retaining the SportPesa Premier League for a third straight year on course.
Kenneth Muguna broke the deadlock on 18 minutes before Oliech grabbed his first and Gor’s second two minutes later. Substitute Nicholas Kipkirui then stretched K’Ogalo’s lead on 79 minutes before Oliech completed his brace eight minutes from time.
Oliech and Zoo’s Danson Chetambe missed penalties during the match.
The win saw Gor move to second on 35 points, while Zoo are 17th on 16 points.
Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay said he was impressed by his side for not conceding.
“I am very happy because we won with a clean sheet, that is not easy because all teams give their best when playing against Gor Mahia,” said Oktay.
His counterpart Sammy Okoth admitted his side did not do enough in the match.
“We never played as we expected, we failed to create chances while our opponents created theirs and scored,” said Okoth.
Gor could have had a perfect start when Dennis Kawanga almost scored in his own net in the second minute after he fumbled while attempting to clear George “Blackberry” Odhiambo’s cross from the right wing.
Moments later, Gor goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji was forced to leave his line early to gather the ball inside his area, as Zoo looked to record their first ever win against the Kenyan giants.
Ekisa Ssekisambu missed a chance to fire the champions ahead in the seventh minute when his shot from inside the box blazed over the crossbar, before Muguna broke the deadlock with a stunning free-kick from outside the area.
Oliech then stretched the visitor’s lead two minutes later when he connected to Muguna’s pass to beat Zoo’s goalkeeper Martin Elungat with a low shot.
The hosts came close to reducing the deficit but Kepher Ondati’s header from a corner-kick delivery was cleared, before Newton Ondari’s shot from the rebound a few moments later from outside the box went wide.
Danson Chetambe failed to beat Odhoji from the spot after Samuel Onyango handled the ball inside the box. Odhoji parried the latter’s heavy shot to the disappointment of the home supporters.
Gor would have killed the game deep in the first half but Odhiambo failed to convert from a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Elungat.
Ssekambu was not lucky again as Elungat parried his shot 10 minutes after the restart, the goalkeeper recovering in time to clear the danger as players from both side scrambled for the ball inside his area.
Oliech would have extended Gor’s advantage from the spot at the hour mark, but he blazed over the bar. Kawanga was the guilty green shirt as he fouled Ssekisambu inside the box.
Coach Oktay introduced former Zoo Kericho man Kipkirui five minutes later, the home fans cheering him on as he made his way into the pitch to replace Odhiambo.
And the forward made his former side feel his impact two minutes later after being fed by Oliech, evaded a green shirt inside the box to send a low shot which Elungat dealt with easily.
Kipkirui would then do what the home fans hoped he wouldn’t. Score. The 22-year-old found space inside Zoo’s half, raced to beat Elungat to the ball before scoring in an empty net. The striker didn’t celebrate.
And even before the dust settled, Oliech made amends for his penalty miss, as he connected on to cross from the left wing to beat Elungat with another low strike.
Kipkirui would have also scored a brace but Elungat denied him three minutes to time.
Gor Mahia’s six game losing streak finally came to an end as they hammered Zoo Kericho 4-1 at Machakos on Thursday
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Champions Gor Mahia on Thursday ended a five-match winless run with a 4-1 win over visiting Zoo Kericho in a SportPesa Premier League round 33 match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County.
Mike Madoya cancelled out Wesley Onguso’s 16th minute opener for K’Ogalo on 33 minutes, but a goal apiece from Jacques Tuyisenge and Wellington Ochieng inside two minutes gave the champions a 3-1 lead at the break.
Bernard Ondiek combined with Tuyisenge to plant home the fourth goal four minutes after restart as Madoya blew a chance to take his goal tally to 15 seven minutes, before the final whistle with a missed penalty.
“I am confident that I will nail the golden boot although it will be tough but I will put my efforts in the last match however tough the opponents will be,” said Tuyisenge.
Zoo coach Sammy Okoth attributed their 12th defeat this term to a slow start in the game.
“We made changes to our line up but we had a bad start, we tried to make changes in the second and again, it didn’t go our way but we must win the last match to thank our home fans,” said Okoth.
The fixture was more or less a dead rubber for Gor, who lifted the trophy last Sunday in Kisumu after a 2-2 draw with Mathare United, but it was not the case for Rwandese import Tuyisenge, who is chasing his maiden Golden Boot.
Tuyisenge’s strike puts him level on 15 goals with Kariobangi Sharks talisman Eric Kapaito and Elvis Rupia, who joined Power Dynamos of Zambia in midseason from Nzoia Sugar.
Madoya is second on 14 goals with the race now going down to the wire in the final round of matches this Sunday.
Victory however was a reprieve for Dylan Kerr’s charges, who coincidentally last won on the day they sealed the title with six games to spare on August 25 after beating rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 at Kasarani stadium.
Gor, who visit English side Everton in friendly next month, lead the table on 75 points ahead of their final game of this campaign against Tusker, while Zoo, who remain 11th on the table with 41 points, host Sofapaka in Kericho.
Gor started on a bright note forcing the visitors into their own half and it only took quarter-of -an-hour before opening the scoring via Onguso, who finished off Raphael Asudi’s pass.
Joachim Oluoch, who partnered captain of the day Charles Momanyi at the back, had his goal from a Francis Kahata free kick on 29 minutes ruled out for offside.
In the 33rd minute, Nicholas Kipkirui did well to lob the on rushing Gor goalkeeper Shaban Odhoji, but Joachim Oluoch cleared his lines before being dispossessed by Bernard Odhiambo on the far left flank, the latter weighed in a cross that was poked home by a waiting Madoya inside the area.
A lapse in concentration at the back would cost the visitors on 35 minutes, when Tuyisenge tapped in Francis Mustafa’s cross before Wellington Ochieng’ easily headed home Kahata’s free kick from the right flank after the defender had been fouled by Kevin Oduor.
Kerr made a double change on resumption pulling out Cersidy Okeyo and Mustafa for Ernest Wendo and Samuel Onyango, as Zoo coach Sammy Okoth reacted by introducing Duncan Chetambe and Isaac Kipyegon for Nixon Amulundu.
The fresh legs had not dropped sweat before Gor picked up from where they left when Ondiek perfectly converted Tuyisenge pass on 49 minutes.
Zoo, donning their green jerseys pressed on in attempt to reduce the deficit and would’ve got one via Madoya, who blasted wide a penalty on 83 minutes after he had been fouled inside the box by Joachim Oluoch.
A report on goal.com suggests that Gor Mahia fans were attacked while returning from their Thursday evening match against Zoo Kericho. The complaint will be filed to KPL. However since the incident happened outside the stadium, it is not clear if KPL can do anything.
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Gor Mahia have vowed to lodge a formal complaint with Kenyan Premier League after a section of their fans were attacked by unknown people on Thursday.
The attack happened hours after the team had registered a convincing 4-2 win over Zoo Kericho in a rescheduled league match at Green Stadium.
Gor Mahia Secretary Bernard Omondi has confirmed in a statement that they will write to KPL to protest at the attack. “Yesterday (Thursday), a section of Gor Mahia fans were attacked by unknown people in Kericho town and Kaspoit area on their way back to Kisumu after attending a football match in Kericho.
“They were ambushed and pelted with all manner of crude weaponry. The cars they were traveling in were damaged and the occupants sustained serious bodily injuries. This is unacceptable! We condemn this senseless and backward act in the strongest terms possible.
“Our fans are a great source of inspiration to the players , just like all Kenyan citizens , they must therefore, be assured of their personal safety at all times.
“I have so far informed the relevant authorities in Kericho with a view of having the perpetrators apprehended and subjected to the due legal process,” Omondi said in a statement obtained by Goal.
Omondi added, “to this end, we shall also lodge a formal complain to KPL. If football is to grow, then traveling teams and fans must have a sense of belonging and security.
“Let it be known that our fans have every right to attend matches in any corner of the country to cheer our team. This is a right not a privilege!
“Whereas we appeal to our fans to stay calm and exercise emotional restraint as the matter is being addressed. We as a club, will not be intimidated nor cowed by such cowardice and unwarranted attacks on our players and fans alike.
“I take this earliest opportunity to wish all our injured fans speedy and full recovery. We will stand with you should the need to do so arise, as we have always done in times of need in the past.
“Finally, I must congratulate our playing unit and technical bench for the excellent display that saw them win their second match of the season and retain the pole position in the log.
“I urge our fans to remain peaceful during our upcoming matches and report acts of aggression towards them while traveling for matches. Please turn up in large numbers to cheer our hardworking boys during their next assignment.”
Gor Mahia continued with their perfect record in 2018 when they hammered Zoo Kericho 4-2 at Kericho Green Stadium on Thursday.
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Defending champions Gor Mahia on Thursday returned to the summit of the Kenyan Premier League table after thrashing Zoo Kericho 4-2 in their rescheduled tie at the Kericho Green Stadium.
The record 16-time champions, who brushed aside Nakumatt 4-0 in their league season opener before easing past Leones Vegetarinos of Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in the first leg of their Caf Champions League tie last weekend, went up 1-0 through Rwandan star Jacques Tuyisenge on the 35 minutes before Boniface Omondi added a second after the break.
Zoo Kericho skipper Johnson Ligare halved the deficit with a thumping header in the 68th minute before Joachim Oluoch pounced onto a rebound to score the third in the 70th minute and three minutes later, substitute Samuel Onyango slotted home after goalkeeper Martin Elungat failed to hold onto Meddie Kagere’s shot. Striker Nicholas Kipkirui scored his second goal of the season and Zoo’s second in the 75th minute but the record champions had done enough to claim maximum points.
The win saw Gor, turning half a century on Friday, go top on six points similar to Mathare United thanks to a superior goal difference.
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr handed former Tusker midfielder Cercidy Okeyo, Joachim Oluoch and Bernard Ondiek their first starts of the season with the likes of Francis Kahata, George Odhiambo and Humphrey Mieno all missing from the starting line-up with the Englishman keen on their Caf Champions League return leg match against Vegetarinos away in Malabo next week.
So far in 2018, Kogalo have won their three competitive matches, beating AFC in the Super Cup 1-0, before beating Nakumatt 4-0 and Leones Vegeterianos 2-0. They will be looking to take their good form to Kericho Green stadium in Thursday.
Last season Gor Mahia beat the Kericho based side 1-0 and drew 1-1 in the second leg. But captain Haron Shakava expects a tough outing.
“We have played Zoo twice and we know how stubborn and tricky they can be. Remember, they also lost their opening match. So, we expect a very tough match tomorrow (Thursday),” said Shakava to goal.com
Sammy coach, the Zoo Kericho coach is determined to put on a good performance.
“We respect Gor Mahia, but we are not afraid of them… and in football, anything is possible. We know their capabilities. It’s no doubt they have quality players and everything favours them, but for us this is a chance to bounce back and redeem ourselves after the Ulinzi lose.
“We are ready psychologically and in a right state of mind. We are ready to give 100 per cent in this tie. It will not be a walk in the park for both teams. But we just need to remain focused, play our game and see what happens after the 90 minutes,” he told the Standard.
Captain Shakava also called on fans to come in numbers to support the team. Attendance for the opening match against Nakumatt and against Leones Vegeeranos was way below par.
Gor Mahia and Zoo Kericho settled for a 1-1 draw at Afraha stadium on Sunday. Coach Kerr gave opportunities to several players who have not had chances throughout the season. The exceptions were Kagere and Tuyisenge who are still chasing the golden boot.
Additional reporting from futaa.com
First chance for Gor Mahia fell into the hands of Oliver Maloba but he did not do good enough to beat only Vincent Misikhu in goal in the 8th minute. Anthony Mbugua on his part showed some brilliant touch with the ball but his final shot was too timid to trouble Zoo keeper.
Zoo were presented with their first chance when Nicholas Kipkirui put a through ball for Geofreey Gichana but the midfielder failed to connect into the net in the 17th minute. Kipkirui again showed intent in the 29th minute when he effortlessly went past stagnant Joash Onyango for his shot to go off target finally.
The affair remained less dramatic towards the end of first half thus the score remained 0-0 as the teams went back to the tunnel.
The second half came with Zoo getting the first corner that was taken by Chetambe but his delivery was not clinical enough. Wellingtone Ochieng stopped Kipkirui from wrecking havoc in the 50th minute. A one two between Tuyisenge and Kagere failed to open the score as the later failed to connect well in the final stage of the move.
Meddie Kagere finally scored for Gor Mahia in the 62nd minute when he volleyed the ball into the net as he intercepted a Boniface Omondi flick. Gichana turned the assist maker when he passed a sumptuous ball to Kepha Ondati for the later to equalize in the 75th minute.
Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Innocent Wafula, Joash Onyango, Wellington Ochieng , Mike Simiyu, Philemon Otieno, Anthony Mbugua, Boniface Omondi , Oliver Maloba, Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge,
Subs: Fredrick Odhiambo, Ernest Wendo, Joachim Oluoch, George Odhiambo, Francis Kahata, Timothy Otieno, Jeconia Uyoga.
Gor Mahia collected their second win of the 2017 season when they beat Zoo Kericho by a solitary goal at the club’s spiritual home (Kisumu).
Additional reporting from goal.com
Coming to this, Gor Mahia were seeking add three points to day one win while Zoo were out for a bounce back after losing by a solitary goal in their opening match against Posta Rangers.
Muguna solo effort
Kogalo got their goal in final minutes of the first half after Kenneth Muguna made a turn and left his markers well beaten outside the 18 yard box. He then took a shot that was too difficult for Misikhu Vincent to stop and put the home side ahead.
At the 56th minute, Timothy Otieno failed to double Gor lead after he headed Karim Niyizigimana’s cross that had left Misikhu well beaten wide. Their were penalty claims after Jacques Tuyisenge was brought down but the referee waved play to continue.
Zoo had to play the final 10 minutes with 10 men after Omulanda Nixon was given matching orders after a second yellow card. This was after fouling Muguna.
Gor coach gave a chance to Oliver Maloba and Philemon Otieno to feature the first ever in a competitive match while Zoo brought in Sindani Sabiri for Mike Madoya.
Other Gor Mahia’s chances in the match saw Karim Niyizigimana head wide Geoffrey Walusimbi’s delivery while Misikhu denied Muguna a goal but tipping his well taken free kick above the post.
Nicholas Kipkirui missed to capitalize on early lapse in Gor defence that would have seen them score first. His side went on to have limited chance in the game.
The loss becomes Zoo’s second consecutive loss in in the league.
Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Haron Shakava, Musa Mohammed, Wellington Ochieng’, Karim Nizigiyimana, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ernest Wendo (Philemon Otieno), Francis Kahata (George Odhiambo), Kenneth Muguna, Jacques Tuyisenge, Timothy Otieno (Olivier Maloba),.
Subs: Shaban Odhoji, Collins Okoth, Meddie Kagere, Amos Nondi.
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Starting XI Misikhu Vincent, Obayi William, Ligare Johnstone, Kipyegon Isaac, Akiya Stanslus (Ouma Dominic), Omulanda Nixon, Gichana Geoffrey, Madoya Michael (Sindani Sabiri,, Oile Martin, Kipkirui Nicholas, Odhiambo Bernard
Subs: Koko Samuel, Namasakha Danson, Omondi Dennis, Mmata Leonard, Omondi Kevin
Gor Mahia will play their first home game of the 2017 Kenya Premier League this weekend. The match will take place on Saturday at Moi stadium Kisumu where Gor Mahia will likely play a significant portion of their home matches this season. This is due to the unavailability of Kasarani, Nyayo and City stadium, all of which are closed for renovation.
The newly promoted Kericho based side are a relative newbies having been formed in 2009. Since then they have risen meteorically to the top tier league. In 2015, they finished 3rd in the National Super League and missed promotion to KPL by only one point. In 2016, they finished 3rd again. Luckily for them, the KPL was expanded, thus taking in four teams from the National Super League.
They are the first team from Kericho to play in the Kenya Premier League. The last time a team from Kericho was in the top tier was in 2001 with Brooke Bond FC who were relegated that year after 3 seasons in the top league. Zoo started their league campaign last weekend losing to 0-1 to Posta Rangers.
Gor Mahia for their part will look to continue their winning form. After beating Tusker and Kariobangi Sharks, they will be looking to extend their winning streak to three. Coach Ze Maria is confident that he has solutions for every possible situation.
“With the quality of players I have, we can deploy any system like the 3-5-2 formation we used against Sharks or the 4-3-2-1 system. I have many solutions for my team this season. It is definitely going to be difficult to select the players. But I am happy because every coach wants to be in such a situation as players will give more than 100 per cent,” said Ze Maria to the Standard.
Updated statement from Ben Omondi (Secretary General)
Gormahia V Zoo Kericho
Kick off 3pm
Gate :- Kshs. 600 VIP and Terraces Kshs. 200
Tickets will be sold from 9 am outside the stadium
It’s 3 pm since the match will not be aired live as earlier planned
With the CECAFA senior challenge cup having come to an end for most teams, Gor Mahia are set to resume local duty. It was a disappointing outing for all the Gor Mahia players. But with that behind them, Gor Mahia will take on Zoo Kericho in a friendly match that will be used to gauge the team’s strength ahead of the semi-final match against Nakumatt.
“The friendly match is an opportunity for us to re-group and re-focus after winning Top 8 and with national team players being away for some time in Ethiopia,”said Nuttall to the club site
Gor Mahia have won three trophies so far this year and will be gunning for a fourth title.
In the meantime, Gor Mahia are said to be interested in signing fast rising mathare United ace Eric Johanna
“We have been watching him for a long time and are convinced that he can be a great addition to our squad ahead of next season,” a source in Gor Mahia, who did not want to be named, told goal.com
With the number of allowable foreigners in the KPL reduced, Gor Mahia will need to focus on recruiting local talent.