Gor Mahia tie 2-2 with Mathare

Gor Mahia ended their 2018-2019 season on a solid note with a 2-2 draw against Mathare United

Additional reporting from the Nation

Mathare United enhanced their reputation as Gor Mahia’s bogey team after coming 2-0 from behind to hold the champions to a 2-2 draw on the final day of the 2018/19 SportPesa Premier League season at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday.

Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge set the hosts ahead on 21 minutes with a well taken penalty after James Situma was penalised for a high boot on Geoffrey Ochieng’.

Boniface Omondi doubled K’Ogalo’s lead with a touch of class in the 57th. He cleverly dispossessed Francis Omondi inside the Mathare box, invited a challenge from Samuel Olwande who he beat with bemusing ease and with Allan Owiny advancing, he kept his cool and lobbed the ball into an empty net.

A smidgen of hope for the visitors came moments after the hour mark when John Mwangi’s effort took a wicked deflection off Lawrence Juma and landed in the net.

With Gor looking comfortably in the lead, Mathare made their pressure count. This time, Clifford Alwanga’s shot brushed off Harun Shakava’s right arm and the referee gave a penalty that was expertly tucked into the bottom left corner by Cliff Nyakeya.

Despite being crowned champions last Saturday, Gor meant business from the onset. Tuyisenge played through Erisa Ssekisambu with a dinked pass but Owiny came off his line to deny his compatriot.

Boniface Omondi stung Owiny’s arms with a rasping drive and on the other end, Shaban Odhoji saved comfortably from Alwanga as both sides looked to settle.

Tuyisenge scored probably his last goal in the green of Gor Mahia with a beautifully taken spot kick after a moment of recklessness from Situma left centre referee Samuel Mwaura with no option, his boot raised high into Ochieng’s face.


The Rwandan should have made it a memorable farewell when a long ball from Charles Momanyi bounced kindly inside the box and he hit the first time but his effort whistled inches wide off the upright. Tuyisenge is reportedly on his way to Angolan giants Petro Atletico.

Two minutes later, Lawrence Juma should have made it 2-0 but Owiny showed strong arms to deny him. The introduction of Tyson Otieno on the Slum Boys side while trailing by only one goal proved to be a tactical masterpiece from Francis Kimanzi. 
First he found Nyakeya with a cross but the winger contrived to angle his header inches wide. Then he picked out Kinyanjui with a delightful through ball but Odhoji did well to save from point blank range.

When Nyakeya blasted over a free-kick from the edge of the box on 86 minutes, Mathare United looked dead and buried but they were back to their stubborn selves moments later after winning a penalty.

Their top scorer Nyakeya took the onus, sauntered to the spot with the confidence of a player top of Gor’s transfer target list and planted the ball beyond Odhoji’s despairing dive.

His 15th of the season secured a point for his side and ensured they finished sixth.


12 thoughts on “Gor Mahia tie 2-2 with Mathare

  1. we thank The Almighty God who has taken the team through even thought it was a tough one but because of his will the team managed to sail through.
    I kindly request the technical bench, the office the players who are still with the club and all the stake holders and our great fans that come next season we mean business more than it was and work hard to achieve more glory. Kindly those concerned with recruiting players bring in new blood who are even more serious than the ones who are living. For the ones who are living please we appreciate your efforts while you were in the club carry the good name of the club out there wherever you are going we have been as a family and do not forget where you have come from we wish you the best. I once more congratulate the players and the entire Gor Mahia fraternity and God bless you all

  2. While not doubting that Cliff Nyakeya is a good player , what I may wish to know from those who know him better is whether on top of being a kpl material , he can be an added value in pursuit of our Caf obligations because we dont need any additions to win the Kpl , However the players to be unveiled in due cause fit the bill especially the guy coming to replace Tuisenge and also our incoming creative midfielder/supplier -like I said earlier , next season Gor Mahia will be bigger , better and stronger

  3. Control fast with pess rama salim then come game controler akumu its didn’t end there come thin and skin but intellectual on ball abondo Ali the supreme in ball play noughty boy but game changer Collins gatuso okoch then it was turn of masters of the game kizito baba then it was turn on one eye on the ball general aucho time come for golden boy on this game muguna then aslow but sure on the pass on target it was final the old talented magician on the ball wuod okuyu kahata questions is if he goes can one crack the jinks of international on interleck


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