Gor Mahia hammer Zoo 4-0

Two goal hero: Dennis Oliech

Gor Mahia on Wednesday put aside issues concerning player departures to trounce Zoo Kericho 4-0 at Kericho Green stadium.
Additional reporting from the Nation
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.

SSEKISAMBU’S MISS

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.

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20 thoughts on “Gor Mahia hammer Zoo 4-0

  1. Am not going to talk about Oliech now even though he scored a brace. Anyway congrats team K’ogalo for the three points as we look forward to play our new boggy team in kariobangi sharks. I am going to see if Oliech will be consistent in scoring goals in the next three games so that I can confirm if he is a good striker to depend on. Congratulations team K’ogalo

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  2. Oktay Manwar amor kodi mangeny. A true kogalo diehard coach. To our ever hardworking playing unit congrats for a job well done

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  3. The win confirms that Gor is too big to be derailed by the departure or absence one player. Thank you very much.Congrats to Oliech but he should make comittement and performance consistent.

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  4. We are officially the team to beat if you’re to win the Kenya Premier League. With Bandari making losing an drawing their staple food, Tusker blowing hot and cold, Sofapaka being unpredictable and Sharks having no form to talk about, the Course is clear for Kogalo to cost to another KPL title, a 3rd one in a row. May the Lord’s hand guide Gor Mahia all the way in Kenya and Africa. Thank you Lord for every victory.

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    1. Bonjour Monsieur…@La Pastre osiepa… I fully agree with your post above and i call upon K’Ogalo players to nail this thing with catch up matches as they strive to capture CAF -CONFED title. The emerging trend in revival of soccer in CECAFA zone has stormed CAF by surprise and they have singled out K’Ogalo and SIMBA as the unexpected guest whose intention is to gate crash and dismantle the status quo.

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  5. I need a clarification on Gor Mahia fixtures please. The only team representing Kenya in Africa Football cannot be overburdened by this list of fixtures 30/03/19 Sharks, 2/4/19 Sony all in a span of 7 days (1 wk) !!!!!!!!! Please KPL and FKF, our players need rest to prepare well for Berkane on 7/4/19. We need to play only Sharks before meeting Berkane. Gor Mahia must be protected now by all football administrations.

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  6. 24 hours later only 9 posts yawa. I can conclude that we have more haters than supporters of Gor Kogallo. If the team could have lost or drew, we would be reading close to 40 negative chats here. Before I forget, Shaban Odhoji was in goal yesterday and we had a clean sheet. Any comment from naysayers.
    Congratulation Boys. Next ni kale ka team ya Sauti Soul. Come baby come. tukutane odhus mboka.

    Amor, Piny Mor, Polo bende Mor. For God and my beloved club Kogallo.

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    1. @albert…a well fed dog rarely barks. A hungry one barks for it to be rewarded. That’s why not so many dogs here today.

      Congrats

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  7. This shield match against Bandari scheduled for 1st April must be postponed or better still Gor to withdraw.The more important priority at hand is winning the league and participating in caf confederation quarters.

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  8. I read that Gor will pocket sh20m from sale of Jacques while he gets sh5m in June.Now this is good business considering we bought him for sh 4m so we profit by sh16m.With this we can get good players from West African leagues that are not on TV and also our very own Dennis Odhiambo who should be in Gor.

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  9. Tuisenge is around he was with the rest of the team in Homabay boys High school guys stop spreading rumours for no reason and congrats chuor timbe for hummering Zoo fc… I rest my case there

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  10. I miss the negative energy today.the likes of “zico defensive master class of 1-0”.its 4-0 so no “opportunity” and no “masterclass”.The site remains Gunda today.

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  11. Why so much hullabaloo about this Dennis odhiambo?in my opinion his best days are behind him really.he did well for thika utd at left back and is doing OK for sofa and stars in midfield, but that is it,for me he is just another player,average!!and at what?33?34 years?and a relatively modest background what can he possibly offer that akina juma can’t?

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  12. The team that played against Zoo and won was made entirely of local boys. Only Ssekisambu was an import. Apparently, even the two RS Berkane matches will be played entirely by natives. ….. and they will deliver big.

    The transfer window is closing soon. Someone should bring William Wadri on board. Without Jausenge’s industry upfront Wadri’s input as a “number 10” will make up for the loss of Jausenge.

    The Bandari vs Gor Mahia shield match initially slated for April Fools’ Day was postponed indefinitely.

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