Gor Mahia and Mathare United settled for a 2-2 draw at Kisumu during the formal coronation of the 2018 Kenya Premier League title.
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Prior to the coronation, the defending champions were held to a 2-2 draw by a hard-fighting Mathare United at the same venue in their penultimate match of the 2018 season.
Rwandese import Jacques Tuyisenge and Humphrey Mieno were on target for Gor while Mathare’s goals were scored by substitute Klinsman Omulanga and Cliff Nyakeya.
Like the norm with Gor’s supporters, they turned in their numbers with all kinds of paraphernalia, painting the Lake side city green before converging at the stadium, to witness their team’s coronation for the 17th time.
K’Ogalo had successfully defended the title with six games to go, and Sunday’s draw takes their points tally to 72.
The club’s patron, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was the chief guest at the event, with other dignitaries present being Gor’s chairman Ambrose Rachier and Kisumu Deputy Governor Mathews Owili
And when skipper Harun Shakava lifted the trophy aloft after receiving it from Odinga, the jubilant fans responded with a rapturous roar, paying tribute to the Dylan Kerr-led team after another year of unmatched dominance.
Looking to put a smile on their supporters faces after their recent poor run, K’Ogalo begun the encounter strong, taking a deserved lead after nine minutes through Tuyisenge.
The Rwandan easily slotted the ball into the back of the net with a low drive to the left of the goal post, after finding himself with Mathare’s goalkeeper Job Ochieng as the only man to beat.
The forward was on his way to adding a second a few minutes later but he flagged offside, before Mathare threatened to cancel the host’s lead from the right wing.
The early goal seemed not to have dampened the visitors spirits as they took the game to Gor’s side, forcing Kerr’s defenders led by skipper Shakava to be alert.
David Owino reacted fast to save Mathare from conceding a second goal in the 24th minute when he cleared the ball from Ephrem Guikan legs, just when the Ivorian was preparing to strike with his left foot.
George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo was unlucky with his 35th minute attempt from the left as it missed the target by a few inches, with Ochieng already beaten, before Tuyisenge’s header went off target.
Mathare head coach Francis Kimanzi was the first to make a change, bringing in Omulanga for Clifford Alwanga in the 49th minute, but, it was not long before his side fell 2-0 down.
Mieno turned well to beat Ochieng with a shot from the centre of the crowded box, after collecting a loose ball from George Odhiambo’s delivery from a corner.
Mathare then created two successive chances but were denied by Fredrick Odhiambo’s at Gor Mahia’s goal who had not been tested for the better part of the duel.
Substitute Omulanga halved Gor’s lead in the 69th minute with a cool finish that hit bar before crossing the line, before goal keeper Odhiambo made another crucial save to deny his former employers an equaliser.
Kerr made a double substitution two minutes later, resting George Odhiambo for Francis Mustafa and Charles Momanyi for the injured Rafael Asudi.
A mistake by defender Joash Onyango to push Omulanga when he went up inside the box to head the ball cost Gor the win as Nyakeya made no mistake from the spot nine minutes from time.
Kerr decried the manner in which his side gave away the win but thanked the players for clinching the title despite the tight scheduled that they had.
“We were on top of things but conceded two goals which ought not to have happened because we came in Kisumu to win and thank our fans for their support,” said Kerr.
Gor Mahia succumbed to their third straight loss, going down to relegation threatened Vihiga United 2-0. Fans who thought there would be an improved performance now that the outstanding player salaries have been settled were left disappointed.
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Vihiga United shocked Gor Mahia 2-0 in a SportPesa Premier League match at the Mumias Complex on Wednesday.
The result was enough to pull the hosts clear of the relegation zone and they are now almost assured of a place in the top-flight next season.
They are now 37 points, five ahead of 16th placed Chemelil Sugar who visit already relegated Thika United Thursday afternoon.
Goals in each half from left winger Amos Kigadi and forward Stephen Wakanya were enough to hand K’Ogalo their fourth defeat of the season
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr brushed aside reporters who wanted to interview him after the match.
“Go away! What do you want?”, yelled Kerr, who looked agitated as he slowly followed his players to their bus.
Vihiga United tactician Mike Mururi said they only require a draw in Sunday’s match against Kariobangi Sharks at the same venue to avoid the chop.
“I honestly thank the players for putting up a brave show. They were focused throughout the match which eventually brought us the victory,” he said.
Gor Mahia started off brightly with strikers Bernard Ondiek, Jacques Tuyisenge and Boniface Omondi proving to be a menace to their opponents’ defence led by Bernard Ochieng.
The hosts took time to settle as and it came as a surprise when Chris Masinza put though Kigadi, who rounded up defender Shakava to hit the top of the net for the opening goal in the 32nd minute.
Champions Gor went in search of an equaliser and Tuyisenge came agonisingly close after hitting the cross bar on the stroke of half time.
After the breather, Vihiga proved stronger than their opponents, who found the going tough in rain soaked field that made their movement difficult, in the encounter that was watched by a capacity crowd.
A lapse in the Gor defence cost them dearly and Wakanya capitalised to power home the second goal in the 64th minute.
Whistler Hosea Omondi was forced to flash a yellow card to Vihiga goalkeeper Geoffrey Oputi, who held the ball, rolled it, before picking it again
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Gor Mahia are officially the 2018 Kenya premier league champions. They did it in grand style, beating arch rivals AFC Leopards 2-0
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K’Ogalo marched to their unprecedented 17th title with a convincing 2-0 win over arch-rivals AFC Leopards in a Saturday’s Mashemejii derby clash at Kasarani stadium to amass an unassailable 71 points with six matches to spare.
This becomes the third time Gor are sealing the title with matches to spare after doing so during the 2015 and 2017 campaigns, where they finished business with five games to the end of the season.
Boniface Omondi and Bernard Ondiek’s strikes in the 31st and 44th minutes gave the Kenyan giants a two-goal cushion at the break.
Whyvonne Isuza, returning after a two-match suspension, had a chance to reduce the deficit at the stroke of halftime but his spot kick after a handball by Charles Momanyi inside the penalty box curved high and wide with goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo sent the wrong side.
The game had been stopped for five minutes after rowdy Leopards fans hurled seats on the pitch side protesting a foul on Baker Lukooya that led to Gor’s second goal.
Samuel Onyango dispossessed Lukooya to put through Omondi who did well to set up Ondiek and the latter easily planted the ball with his right foot to the far corner, with Ezekiel Owade beaten in Leopards goal.
Ingwe had the first sniff on goal five minutes after referee Felix Ekai blew the opening whistle, but Brian Marita fired wide from an Alex Orotomal pass.
In the 27th minute, Edward Seda blocked Orotomal’s attempt at goal from an Isaac Oduro inch-perfect cross into the box after Wesley Onguso had deflected the Ghanaian’s free kick for the corner.
Four minutes later, speedy winger Omondi fired the hosts into the lead with a rasping shot from outside the box that Owade could only watch helplessly as it rolled into the bottom right corner.
Hungry for the equalizer, Leopards pushed on amidst a buzzing atmosphere from jubilant Gor fans but Oduro’s 36th minute free kick was cleared by Gor defence led by Charles Momanyi.
Leopards, missing seven players to injury, were a shadow of themselves in the final stanza as Gor walked out worthy winners for the 29th time in 89 meetings against their nemesis who’ve secured 28 wins previously.
Gor will wind up what has been a fantastic month of football albeit punctuated with congested fixtures, away to Algerian side USM Alger Wednesday next week in their final Caf Confederation Cup group “D” tie, while Ingwe, who last lost a match coincidentally to Gor on July 22, will revisit their drawing board to face Wazito in midweek.
“It’s a memorable feeling scoring in such a big game to win the title, we’ve had a good season thanks to our coaches and the quality in camp,” said match-hero Omondi, winning his second consecutive title since joining Gor from Nzoia Sugar June last year.
Ingwe coach Rodolfo Zapata congratulated Gor, whilst predicting a fruitful future.
“It’s bad for the supporters losing to rivals but they should be proud because we’ve a bright future, we fought till the end, tried different formations in vain,” said the Argentine.
Gor coach Dylan Kerr hailed his second-string side calling upon the first team to replicate the same on Wednesday.
Gor Mahia recovered from their lacklusture display against Rayon Sports to beat Sofapaka 3-0 on Wednesday.
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SportPesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia made their intentions of retaining their title absolutely clear when they hammered hosts Sofapaka FC 3-0 in a mid-week clash at the Narok County Stadium on Wednesday.
The game started on cautious note with each team careful not to concede early.
Host Sofapaka had a chance to snatch lead in the 14th minute when Gor goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo brought down striker Ezekiel Okare in the box with referee Caroline Wanjala awarding Batoto ba Mungu a penalty.
But Odhiambo made amends by saving from striker Kephas Aswani.
COLLECTED LOOSE BALL
Gor took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Lawrence Juma who collected a loose ball after Sofapaka defenders failed to clear and unleashed a powerful shot into the net.
On resumption, Innocent Wafula inscribed his name in the score sheet when he converted a penalty after Sofapaka keeper Wycliffe Kasaya brought down striker Samuel Onyango in the box in the 64th minute.
Kasaya was sent off with Matthias Kigonya called between the sticks with striker Mico Justin the player sacrificed.
Seven minutes to full time, K’Ogalo launched another attack and with Onyango on target from Lawrence Juma’s assist.
Sofapaka coach, former Kenya international and league top scorer John Baraza conceded that they played badly and were affected by the sending off.
“We didn’t expect to lose this game, not until after my first-choice goalkeeper was red-carded,” said Baraza who rued the many missed chances in the first half, including the penalty.
“We had our best team but football is football, and with 44 points, we will still fight on and reduce the gap and at least finish at position two,” he added.
He said he would pick from the mistakes to prepare his team for this weekend’s game against Kariobangi Sharks at the same venue.
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr said he fielded his best squad after a criticism by the club’s management after last weekend’s loss to Rwanda’s Rayon Sport in the Caf Confederation Cup.
“We did approach the Sofapaka match with a lot of caution, and I had a point to prove here, that we can do better and we will win games,” Kerr said.
“Now I want to see what kind of criticism the management will raise again,” added Kerr who said he is now ready for the “Mashemeji derby” against perennial arch-rivals AFC Leopards on Saturday in Nairobi.
Gor Mahia moved closer to the 2018 Kenya Premier league title with a crucial 1-0 win over Chemelil Sugar at Afraha. The all important goal came in the 77th minute via Eliud Lokuwam.
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Both sides started the game in an unsettled rush. In the 7th minute, Chemelil won a throw-in after Karim Nzigiyimana sent the ball off the field of play. The throw in did not amount to much. Just a minute later, the game had to be halted as Gor Mahia stopper Shaban Odhoji had a bloody injury that forced the Gor Mahia medical team to get on the pitch and address the matter.
In the 12th minute, Lawrence Juma found Guikan with a neat pass but Guikan’s attempt was blocked by Aimo. Ondiek attempted to pounce back a rebound but his attempt was parried off for a corner. Gor Mahia won a free-kick in the 24th minute. Lawrence Juma took it but Chemelil’s keeper Aimo comfortably saved it. Gor found themselves in an uncomfortable pickle when Chemelil mounted a counter-attack led by Omondi. Chemelil’s gameplay appeared to be that of sitting back and attempting to punish Gor Mahia on the counter.
Solid Chemelil defense
Chemelil’s defense remained solid even as Gor Mahia continued to surge forward with evidently, more of the ball possession.
Lawrence Juma made a good cross to find Guikan in the area but the resultant header went wide for a free kick. The first yellow card of the game given to Gor Mahia’s Karim Nzigiyimana after fouling Kityo Bliss while attempting to make a clearance in 36th minute.
Game halted/Guikan injury
A mid-air collision between Guikan and Chemelil goalkeeper Richard Aimo in the 39th minute forced the game to be halted for both players to get treated. Ephrem Guikan’s injury proved match-ending as he had to be stretchered off the pitch and taken straight to the ambulance in the 43rd minute.
In the 56th minute, a free kick was given to Gor Mahia. It was taken by Kevin Omondi but he sent it wide.
Gor Mahia’s lone goal came from super sub Eliud Lokuwam after a miscommunication from the Chemelil defenders. Lokuwam pounced on the loose ball and sent it in.
The win takes Gor Mahia to 65 points as they inch closer to the title.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: 16. Shaban Odhoji, 3. Karim Nzigiyimana , 15. Joachim Oluoch, 27. Charles Momanyi, 21. Wesley Onguso, 6. Samuel Onyango(Eliud Lokuwam), 24. Lawrence Juma, 17. Bernard Ondiek, 10. Cercidy Okeyo, 14. Kevin Omondi, 19. Ephrem Guikan (Innocent Wafula)
Subs: 1. Fredrick Onyango, 28. Raphael Asudi, 7. Innocent Wafula, 4. Wellington Ochieng , 23. Francis Mustafa
Chemelil starting XI: 32 Richard Aimo , 14 Morrise Wandera,15 Vincent Mahiga, 33 Jacob Odhiambo, 18 Phillip Mwangale, 20 Nicholas Akoko, 6 Edwin Omondi( Wakoli), 12 Francise Ochollah( Oricho William), 9 Bernard Biko (Charles Okiya), 11 Felix Oluoch, 10 Kityo Bliss
Subs : 22 Barcsky Ochieng , 4 Gideon Kibet, 16 Ian Ngota, 13 Charles Okiya, 2 William Oricho, 28 Zeka Wakoli, 25 Gilbert Wangulu
Putting aside all the off the field unrest, Gor Mahia continued their surge towards the 2018 Kenya Premier League title, beating Kakamega Homeboyz 3-1. The goals came from Innocent Wafula, Francis Mustafa and Kevin Omondi.
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Innocent Wafula and Francis Mustapha scored two quick fire goals for Gor in the opening half before Benjamin Oketch pulled one back for Homeboyz in the second half but hopes of Homeboyz comeback were extinguished by Kevin Omondi with a last gasp goal.
Fred Nkata’s charges were off the blocks from the onset and would have grabbed the lead inside the opening three minutes but Wycliffe Opondo’s header flew over the cross bar after Moses Mudavadi whipped in a dangerous cross. George Blackberry Odhiambo required treatment after colliding with the onrushing Gabriel Andika after Odhiambo was played through on goal but was flagged for offside in the 10th minute. Gor had their first real opening of the game in the 15th minute when Burundian Mustapha tested the palms of Andika with a ferocious shot from a Francis Kahata corner.
Homeboyz continued to press on for an opener with Festo Omukoto’s thunderbolt shot narrowly missing the mark after being set up by Eston Esiye. The new partnership between Blackberry and Mustapha almost yielded a goal in the 27th minute when Mustapha teed up Blackberry but the former Azam midfielder’s effort was gathered by Andika.
Two goal lead
Wellington Ochieng’s give and take pass with Innocent Wafula on the right flank resulted to a goal after Wafula drove in to guide his effort to the top right corner handing Dylan Kerr’s charges the lead in the 31st minute. Homeboyz were rocked with the goal and shipped in another after two minutes later with Mustapha banging his maiden KPL goal after Nzigiyimana played him through on goal. Gor went into the break with a two goal cushion.
After the resumption of the second half, Mustapha was withdrawn with Kevin Ade Omondi thrown into the foray. Nkata rolled his first dice in the 55th bringing in George Mandela for Evans Kiwanuka which was preceded by Masakidi Mata’s inclusion for Estone Esiye. Mata was straight into the thick of things, with his header going agonizingly wide off the cross bar from Mudavadi’s cross. Kerr made his second substitution, introducing Samuel Onyango for Nzigiyimana.
New signing Benjamin Oketch from Chemelil Sugar pulled one back for Homeboyz in the 71st minute courtesy of sublime freekick that deflected off the K’Ogallo wall. In front of his home town fans Wellington produced a lung bursting run from his own half playing wall passes with Kahata and Blackberry but his impressive run was halted by Andika.
Substitute Ade put the game to bed ending Homeboyz hopes of snatching a point in the game when got into the score sheet in the 88th minute with a shot that found the roof of the net for a 3-1 lead. The match ended 3-1 in favour of Gor Mahia as they condemned Homeboyz to their fifth straight loss of the season.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: Shaban Odhoji (GK), Wellington Ochieng, Joash Onyango, Haron Shakava, Karim Nzigiyimana (Samuel Onyango), Humphrey Mieno, Ernest Wendo, Francis Kahata, Innocent Wafula, George Odhiambo, Francis Mustafa (Kevin Omondi)
Subs: Fredrick Onyango, Charles Momanyi, Bernard Ondiek, Cercidy Okeyo, Lawrence Juma, Samuel Onyango, Kevin Omondi
Homeboyz Starting XI: Gabriel Andika (GK), Benjamin Oketch, Chikati Moses, Odhiambo Collins, Mauda Hedmond, Evans Kiwanuka (George Mandela), Festo Omukoto, Mudavadi Moses, Ali Bai, Opondo Wycliffe, Esiye Eston (Masakidi Mata)
Subs: Michael Wanyika, Wycliffe Anekeya, Andrew Kulecho, Benson Mutonyi, George Mandela, Mata Masakidi
Relief for Kogalo fans came on Friday. After two sub par performances, Gor Mahia managed to beat Posta Rangers 2-1 at their home ground of Kisumu on Friday.
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Leaders Gor Mahia on Friday bounced back to winning ways with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Posta Rangers in the SportPesa Premier League at Moi Stadium in Kisumu.
Jacques Tuyisenge and Francis Kahata scored a goal each to help K’Ogalo recover from their shock 2-1 loss to Bandari at Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa on Tuesday which brought to a halt their 22-match unbeaten streak in the league this term.
Cavin Odongo struck Rangers’ goal to set a nervy end to the encounter.
The 16-time Kenyan champions now top the standing on 59 points, 14 ahead of second-placed Bandari who dislodged Sofapaka the second spot following their win over Gor Mahia.
Meanwhile, the loss leaves Poster Rangers 10th on 31 points.
Gor Mahia’s head coach Dylan Kerr said the win was encouraging to his exhausted players.
“This was a wonderful game because the boys displayed quality football, it was very competitive and more of a battle because our opponents also played well,” said Kerr.
His counterpart Sammy Omollo blamed his side’s loss to poor goal keeping.
“This is the best game we have played against Gor Mahia but goalkeeper’s mistake from the set pieces cost us the match,” said Omollo, a former Kenyan international.
Still writhing from their first loss this year and looking to avoid a similar predicament, Gor came off the blocks fast.
George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo’s brilliant run on the left flank was cut out by Collins Omondi early on before Tuyisenge had the ball at the back of the net on sevens minutes but was rightly flagged offside.
The Rwandan striker Gor ahead five minutes later after Rangers players failed to clear Kahata’s delivery from a corner-kick.
The centre referee was then forced to caution Rangers defender Simon Mbugua for a cynical foul foul on George Odhiambo, who had left him for dead. Odhiambo’s shot from the resultant free-kick failed to hit the target.
With Gor attacking, Posta coach Omollo made a first half substitution with Peter Ochieng rested for Paul Odhiambo.
Luis Tera’s close range attempt for the Postmen on 22 minutes went straight into the hands of Boniface Oluoch before Joseph Nyaga’s effort on 34 minutes was also saved by the goalkeeper.
Gearson Likono thought he had levelled matters two minutes after the breather, but even after beating Oluoch in Gor’s goal, his effort was cleared off the line by Philemon Otieno.
The champions made their first substitution on 51 minutes with coach Kerr resting Tuyisenge, who was limping, for midfielder Lawrence Juma.
Kahata then doubled Gor’s advantage four minutes later with a stunning free-kick after being fouled on the left wing, in what was a disappointment to Rangers who had looked the better side in the early minutes of second half.
Gor made their second change in the 67th minute with Cercidy Okeyo coming in for Francis Mustafa as injured Oluoch was also replaced by Shaban Odhoji six minutes later.
Odongo netted Rangers goal with nine minutes to time, after reacting fast to bury a rebound from Likono’s powerful shot that had hit the cross-bar.
Gor Mahia’s unbeaten in 2018 is now over. This after they went down 2-1 to Bandari at Mbaraki on Tuesday. Gor Mahia found themselves 2-0 down at halftime before Jacque Tuyisenge pulled one back.
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Heading into the tie, Gor boss Dylan Kerr fielded his strongest 11 having been given a scare in a 2-2 draw against Nakumatt over the weekend. The only difference was keeper SHabaan Odhoji who stepped in ahead of Boniface Oluoch who remains sidelined.
Ernest Wendo returned for the first time since the CECAFA Kagame Cup where he limped off with a hamstring strain and he partnered Humphrey Mieno in midfield.
K’Ogalo were shocked early with Guya heading the home side into the lead turning in a corner after 11 minutes, sending the home fans into frenzy while the green army of K’Ogalo was sent into stunned silence.
But the league leaders kept pushing hoping they would get the steering wheel back with Godfrey Walusimbi and George Odhiambo making inroads on the left, but their industry didn’t provide much for the forwards led by Francis Mustafa.
It was Bandari however who would get their party going, Congolese import Yema Mwana sending them 2-0 up after 35 minutes.
The hosts should have added another one few minutes later when Darius Msagha broke off on the counter from the right beating Walusimbi to face Odhoji one on one, but he could not get the ball past the keeper with Mwana screaming for the ball in a better position.
Gor came back with determined hearts in the second half, looking to salvage their invincibility with at least a point.
Harun Shakava was the first to have a go at goal with a 65th minute stinging freekick from range but Bandari keeper Faruk Shikhalo proved equal to the task making a decent save.
From another set piece, this time taken by Francis Kahata, Gor had a chance to get the scoring on but the effort curled beyond the wall but wide.
Gor ultimately pulled one back through Jacques Tuyisenge in the 77th minute, but it was too little too late as Bandari managed to hold their own and get the three points.
The hosts were reduced to 10 men for the final few minutes of the game when Fred Nkata was given his marching orders for a second yellow card. Coach Mwalala made a change bringing in Siraj Mohammed to fill in the void at left back.
The freight train that Is Gor Mahia was temporarily slowed down by Nakumatt at Machakos stadium. Kogalo were held 2-2. The goals came from Ephrem Guikan(32) and Boniface Omondi(72)
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Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan’s 34th minute opener was cancelled out by Joe Waithira goal on 64 minutes before Boniface Omondi restored Gor’s lead in the 72nd minute.
Substitute Jacob Faina struck at the death to draw Nakumatt level, leaving Gor Mahia fans that had turned up for the match stunned.
However, it was the return of Burundian right back Karim Nizigiyimana after almost eight months out nursing an injury that eclipsed the proceedings on the pitch, after he replaced birthday boy Kevin “Ade” Omondi with six minutes to go.
The draw, which was Gor’s fifth in 22 league matches this term, leaves the champions 16 points clear of second-placed Sofapaka while Nakumatt now have 29 points after 25 matches.
The travel-weary Gor have three games in the next seven days against Bandari (Tuesday), Posta Rangers (Friday) and Chemelil Sugar (Sunday) while Nakumatt visit AFC Leopards.
“It’s hard luck, we did everything we could to get a win in vain, we keep the focus heading into the next match,” said Gor midfielder Philemon Otieno, who was handed the armband in the absence of skipper Harun Shakava.
Nakumatt coach Medo Melis hailed his charges for their fighting spirit.
“We deserved to win, tactically both teams were superb and we lost a lot of scoring chances in the first half. We need to work on our finishing,” said the Egyptian-born American.
Gor Mahia XI: Shaban Odhoji, Wellington Ochieng, Charles Momanyi, Joash Onyango, Wesley Onguso, Bonface Omondi, Samuel Onyango, Lawrence Juma, Philemon Otieno, Kevin Omondi and Ephrem Guikan.
Subs: Francis Mustafa, Fredrick Odhiambo (GK), Eliud Lokuwam, Bernard Ondiek, Raphael Osudi, Cercidy Okeyo and Karim Nizigiyimana.