Kogalo returned to local action with a bang, beating Kariobangi Sharks 3-0 at Kisumu stadium on Wednesday. The goals came from a own goal by Sharks defender Shiveka, a second goal by Kevin Omondi and a third by Lawrence Juma.
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A more relaxed Sharks went down in the 25th minute when Geoffrey Shiveka headed into his own as he tried to clear a lobed ball by Francis Kahata. Sharks, before the unfortunate own goal, had thwarted earlier attacks launched by Ephrem Guikan and Lawrence Juma. The Guikan and Juma chances came thick and fast in the 10th and 11th minutes.
Sharks had their open chance in the 19th minute when Eric Kapaito was through on goal but was brought down by Ondiek. The resultant free-kick was fruitless too as Shiveka directed the ball way above the bar.
Juma set up Guikan after a fine run from midfield but the Ivorian handled the ball inside Sharks area five minutes to the first break and there he wasted an open chance for Gor to double their lead. A sublime Kahata cross veered off the goal mouth begging for someone to tap in but no one for the home side was there to tap it home in the 44th minute. Michael Bodo got the first yellow card of the day after bringing down Juma who was engineering a counterattack by K’Ogalo inside the one added minute.
Henry Juma almost made his impact felt after replacing Harisson Mwendwa in the 65th minute. He tested Odhoji with along range shot that Gor Mahia’s custodian had to stretch and punch the ball back into play. Odhoji was called to action once more when he parried Bolton Omwenga’s shot over the bar for a corner. Inside the last twenty minutes, Sharks showed the intent of finding an equalizer but the league leaders stood firm.
Within a minute of introduction, Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi scored the second goal for Gor in the 76th minute. He collected a cool pass from Juma and just lobed it over the young Sharks goalkeeper; Brian Bwire. Juma, who was signed from Nzoia Sugar early this year, got himself on to the scoresheet on the 85th minute when he collected a cut-back cross from Innocent Wafula.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji, Innocent Wafula, Harun Shakava, Charles Momanyi, Godfrey Walusimbi (Wellington Ochieng), Bernard Ondiek, Cercidy Okeyo (Kevin Omondi), Lawrence Juma, Francis Kahata, Ephrem Guikan (Joash Onyango), Boniface Omondi.
Unused subs: Peter Odhiambo, Wesley Onguso, Samwel Onyango, Raphael Asudi.
Kariobangi Sharks Starting XI: Brian Bwire, Pascal Ogweno, Geofrey Shiveka,(C) Bolton Omwenga, Michael Bodo Patilah Omoto Sven Yidah, Harrison Mwendwa ( Henry Juma.), Shaphan Oyugi ( Sydney Simale), Duke Abuya Eric Kapaito (Ebrima Sanneh)
Unused subs: Gad Mathews, Francis Manoah, Wycliffe Otieno, Vincent Wasambo.