Gor Mahia lost to Kariobangi Shark yet again in what is building towards a disastrous season. It is their second loss of the season after losing the season opener to Bandari.
Additional reporting from futaa.com
Kariobangi Sharks picked up their maiden win over Gor Mahia in the league hence making it three consecutive wins against them after 1-0 victory over reigning Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia in a match staged at the MISC Kasarani on Saturday 29th December.
After their disappointment at the continental stage where they were bundled out of the CAF Champions League by Nigerian outfit Lobi Stars, Gor Mahia were off the blocks and got the first chance of the game in the sixth minute when Jacques Tuyisenge freed himself from the Sharks defense but his attempt to set up George Blackberry Odhiambo was stifled by Geoffrey Shiveka.
Despite the brilliant start by Gor Mahia, it was Kariobangi Shark who broke the deadlock in the 17th minute when Patilah Omotto pinged in a long long pass from his own half that found Duke Abuya to connect with a first-time effort to lob the onrushing Boniface Olouch.
Sharks were lucky not concede in the 38th minute when George Odhiambo’s cross found Ephrem Guikan inside the box but his header was cleared off the line by a last-ditch effort from Nixon Omondi. William Muluya’s charges squandered a golden opportunity to head into the break with a 2-0 advantage in the 44th minute when Omotto again found Mwendwa but the former Mathare United winger decided to track back his run but the danger was averted by Ernest Wendo.
Hassan Oktay had some strong words for his charges at halftime as they prolonged their break by a minute, K’Ogalo immediately were on to the thick of things as Blackberry delivered a free kick that was met by the head of Humphrey Mieno but the 2017 golden glove winner Oyemba was on hand to palm his effort away for a corner.
The game was an end to end affair as Sharks who were looking for the second goal butbwere denied by the quick reflexes of Boniface Olouch when Harrison Mwendwa released Abege through on goal only for his shot to be saved by Olouch.
Gor Mahia were throwing everything at the Sharks defense and tested the resolute department once again at the stroke of the hour mark when Mieno who is rumored to be on the radar of Ethiopian giants St. George let loose of a thunderbolt from outside the 18-yard area but Oyemba was equal to shot to tip it over for a corner.
Substitute Mustapha was unfortunate to go out in the 83rd minute after a collision by Geoffrey Shiveka and on came Ugandan import Erisa Ssekisambu.
William Muluya threw in John Kuol for the match winner Duke Abuya as he aimed to bank the three points in the final 10 minutes of the game. The substitution worked as Sharks held on for their second win of the season as Gor Mahia dropped three points for the second time this season.
Sharks Starting XI: John Oyemba, Michael Bodo, Geoffrey Shiveka, Tom Teka, Nixon Omondi, Patilah Omotto, Duke Abuya (John Koul ), Harrison Mwendwa, Vincent Wasambo (Shapan Oyugi), George Abege, Sydney Lokale ( Sven Yidah).
Subs: Brian Bwire, John Koul Moses Mwangi, Henry Mwangi, Finlay Osoro
Gor Starting XI: Boniface Olouch, Geoffrey Ochieng, Philemon Otieno, Joash Onyango, Harun Shakava, Ernest Wendo, Samuel Onyango, Humphrey Mieno, Ephrem Guikam(Francis Mustapha (Erisa Ssekisambu)), Jacques Tuyisenge, George Odhiambo
Subs: Fredrick Odhiambo, Wellington Ochieng, Pascal Ogweno, Nicholas Kipikrui, Cercidy Okeyo,