courtesy of futaa.com
Gor Mahia returned to domestic action with a 1 – 0 win over SoNy Sugar in the two teams’ Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at the Nairobi City Stadium on Sunday 24 August, a win that was heavily aided by the visitors’ keeper Lucas Indeche’s 57th minute mistake.
Timothy Otieno got the first sight on goal for the KPL champions on the fifth minute when he robbed Alfred Onyango of the ball but he took too long to make a decision and his eventual option of passing to his strike partner Dan Sserunkuma came late and Onyango recovered to clear.
Gor Mahia threat
Action was stuck in the visitors’ goal area and Indeche was called upon on 16 minutes to smother George Odhiambo’s free kick after he was fouled by Andrew Anthony 20 yards out and four minutes later Harun Shakava’s header from Kennedy Ayong’s corner flew wide.
Gor Mahia skipper Jerim Onyango pulled a great save on 22 minutes when in a one on one situation with Edwin Oduor – the striker shot well but Jerim just took a timely touch and Harun Shakava raced in to clear the danger.
Five minutes to the break, Timothy Otieno had another good chance after getting to the end of George Odhiambo’s cross but he blasted wide when he just had Indeche to beat and just before half time Eric Ochieng fed Sserunkuma in the box but Indeche made a decent save.
The ensuing surge forward saw Andrew Anthony well poised and he managed to beat Jerim Onyango as the Gor Mahia defence went missing but the SoNy Sugar man’s touch was too heavy and the ball sailed clear of any danger.
Moment of madness
Indeche’s moment of madness came on 56 minutes when he handled the ball, placed it down and picked it again to give away a free kick in the box and Geoffrey Kizito stepped forward to steer the ball home for the only goal of the game.
Gor Mahia had the chance to double the advantage after Kizito picked out Sserunkuma with a great pass on the 74th minute but the league’s top scorer, faced with just Indeche, went for power and lacked precision and his attempt flew high.
The result saw Gor Mahia reclaim top spot with two matches in hand and with 41 points while SoNy Sugar stays rooted in ninth place with 28 points after 22 matches.
Gor Mahia; Fredrick Onyango, 5. Musa Mohammed,18.Harun Shakava, 15. David
Owino,14. Kennedy Opiyo (89’ Simon Pierre),3. Baba Kizito,17. Eric Ochieng (73’ Dan Onyango),6.Collins Okoth,25. George Odhiambo (58’ Ian Niva),9. Timothy Otieno. 8. Dan
Subs: 16. David Juma,20.Joseph Kariuki,13. Bruno Charles,10. Daniel Onyango,7. Simon Mburu,27.Simon Pierre,19.Ian Niva
SoNy Sugar: Indeche Lucas (GK), Wycliffe Nyangechi, Omweri Joseph, Onyango Alfred, Odette Charles, Asembeka Amos, Andrew Anthony(80’ Robert Ouma), Oduor Kennedy, Oduor Edwin (72’ Kennedy Otieno), Chamberi Marwa (c), Mwangi Joseph (58’ Samuel Onyango).
Sub: Ronny Kagunzi (GK), Eugene Ochieng, Ouma Robert, Onyango Samuel, Opondo Vincent, Okombo Naftali, Otieno Kennedy