Gor Mahia go down to Sofapaka 3-1

Muguna in action against Sofapaka

Gor Mahia’s march to the 2019-2020 Kenya Premier League title was slowed down on Saturday at Narok when they went down 3-1 to Sofapaka.

Additional reporting from futaa.com
Sofapaka got their revenge in Narok after stunning Gor Mahia 3-1 in a Kenyan Premier League clash played on Saturday 8th.

High flying Sofapaka got themselves ahead seconds after kick-off with a brilliant header from Chinonso. However, Samuel Onyango leveled the scores in the 15th minute. In the second half, John Baraza’s men had a brilliant display and restored their lead through Chinonso who grabbed his brace. Minutes to stoppage time Ikekhai Sunday’s stunning goal put the game beyond Gor Mahia’s reach.

Chinonso opener
Sofapaka took the lead inside 28 seconds of play through Promise Chinonso who headed in a cross from close range. Gor Mahia lost the possession after kick and Sofapaka took the chance to counter, Esieche had the ball on the left before delivering a searching pass to Chinonso, who made no mistake by nodding home to hand his side an early lead.

K’Ogalo were on a mission to respond after going down early. Confusion at the back saw Juma Balinya get the ball outside the 18 area, he took a shot which was parried by Richard Aimo with the ball hitting the post.

Gor Mahia found the equalizer in the 15th minute from a corner. Kenneth Muguna stepped up to deliver a corner that met Samuel Onyango who was in between two Sofapaka defenders and the Green Army were level.

Another attack from the men in green was on the cards, Balinya had the ball on the right, delivered a searching pass to Onyango, who was left one on one with the keeper but failed to beat Aimo from close range.

Chinonso brace
In the second half, Sofapaka were controlling the match, making a number of attempts with Gor Mahia forced to clear the ball from the line twice. In the 55th minute, Sofapaka restored their lead through Chinonso. Captain Asieche delivered a beautiful corner that was headed in by unmarked Chinonso.

Ikekhai stunner
With 6 minutes remaining to stoppage time, Sofapaka grabbed the third goal and it was an absolute stunner. The hosts had a throw-in on the right side, Gor’s defence failed to clear the danger fully with the ball landing on Ikekhai Sunday’s leg. He took a touch before unleashing a hard shot that beat Mapigano.


Gor Mahia edge Sofapaka 2-1

Debutant: Balinya

Gor Mahia rocketed back to the top of the standings with a 2-1 win over Sofapaka at Kisumu stadium on Wednesday.

Additional reporting from soka.co.ke

Gor Mahia FC were 2-1 winners over Sofapaka FC in a rescheduled Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at the Moi Stadium from 4 pm, a result that takes them back to the summit of the KPL table standings from 17 matches.

Getting their goals through midfielders Lawrence Juma and Kenneth Muguna, Gor thwarted any attempt at a comeback even with Jaden Nana getting one for Sofapaka.

Gor Mahia started strongly in the match, with two clear chances in the opening ten minutes. Boniface Omondi and Clifton Miheso had their efforts on target but had the defensive efforts of Willis Ouma deny them an early lead.

In the 12th minute, however, the hosts would go up. Lawrence Juma was primely positioned for a Boniface Omondi pass and this he buried. As expected, this rattled Batoto Ba Mungu, and their fightback began immediately. Jaden Nana would be the one to restore parity 6 minutes after Gor’s opener. Clearing up the mess from Kepha Aswani’s initial shot, Nana made no mistake making it 1-1.

The two teams would go into the break tied.

Skippering Sofapaka on the day, Elli Asieche wanted his presence felt and had a spirited chase for Sofa’s second three minutes after the resumption but David Mapigano in goal for Gor Mahia could hear none of it.

The first change of the tie would come in the 55th minute when left-back Thomas Wainaina was rested for striker Collins Wakhungu. Sofapaka clearly wanted all the spoils. The tide was to swing in Gor’s favour however when in the 63rd minute, Kenneth Muguna struck after being set-up by Samuel Onyango.

Brian Nyakan was Sofa’s second roll of the dice and he took David Simiyu’s place.

With four minutes of regular time left, Nyakan rose to meet Titus Achesa’s cross and heading it home, found Mapigano astute in between the sticks. The Gor Mahia keeper had closed shop and no more goals would be scored in the tie.

The champions kept their 2-1 lead till full time, a result that takes them back to the top of the Kenyan Premier League table.


Gor Mahia floor Sofapaka 2-0

Gor Mahia scored a convincing 2-0 win over second placed Sofapaka at Kisumu on Sunday. The goals came from the in form Samuel Onyango and reliable scorer Jacque Tuyisenge. The win puts Gor Mahia in a commanding position.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Champions Gor Mahia are two wins away from lifting the SportPesa Premier League title for unmatched 18th time after they edge visitors Sofapaka 2-0 in a thrilling heavyweight clash at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday.

Samuel Onyango and Jacques Tuyisenge scored a goal a piece in the second half to stretch K’Ogalo’s lead to 66points. Sofapaka remains second on 56points.

A delighted Gor’s coach Hassan Oktay said he was now sure of lifting the title.

“Now I can say that we are champions because we have opened a big gap. This game was very important for us,” said Oktay.

At the fully packed stadium, Gor supporters sent early their call for a win with jeers on Samuel Onyango when he failed to slot home from a free-kick at edge of the box.

Sofapaka also won a free-kick the other end just moments later, Jacques Tuyisenge rising high to send away Omar Moussa’s strike.

Eight minutes into the contest, Sofapaka goalkeeper Justine Ndikumana was forced to a double save to deny Tuyisenge from close-range after being assisted by Kenneth Muguna.

The visitors had not settled in the “heavyweight” clash as K’Ogalo dictated the exchange and always threatened from the flanks.

Regarded the perfect free-kick taker in the coach Oktay’s squad, Muguna was called into action on the 23rd minute, the latter bending a beautiful shot, which went wide by few inches.

John Avire attempted to find the back of the hosts net on the 25th and 32nd minutes respectively through long-range efforts, but luck was not on his side.

Gor’s goalkeeper Fredrick Odhiambo had to be alert in his area five minutes to the break and make a timely save from George Maelo’s free-kick, before several waiting yellow shirts inside his area could connect.

Gor almost took the lead immediately after the restart when Francis Kahata found Onyango upfront with a low pass, the latter’s one touch finish going wide.

Onyango left the thousands of K’Ogalo supporters singing on the 57th minute when he raced to beat Sofapaka’s goalkeeper Ndikumana with a rising shot.

The shot-stopper had left his line early in attempt to make a clearance before Onyango arrived.

Both sides then made substitutions, the visitors resting Kilume Mohammed for Ibrahim Kajula, while the hosts brought in Erisa Ssekisambu for Nicholas Kipkirui.

Center referee Felix Ekai was forced cool tempratures in the clash on the 76th minute before players from both side almost engaged in a fight.

One minute later, Tuyisenge netted the second goal to move Gor to two wins away from winning the domestic title.

The Rwandese collected a pass from Kahata and dribbled inside the box, before rounding goalkeeper Ndikumana to slot home in the empty net.

Five minutes to the break, Pistone Mutamba would have pulled one for his side but his header from a corner-kick delivery went wide.


Gor Mahia trounce Sofapaka 3-0

Gor Mahia recovered from their lacklusture display against Rayon Sports to beat Sofapaka  3-0 on Wednesday.

Additional reporting from the Nation
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.
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 held by Sofapka 3-3

Gor Mahia gave away a 2 goal lead and ended up drawing 3-3 with Sofapaka at Machakos on Sunday.

Additional reporting from the Nation
Rwandese Meddie Kagere, Bernard Ondieki and Innocent Wafula scored a goal apiece for K’Ogalo, but Kepha Aswani sparked the Sofapaka renaissance as Ezekiel Okare managed a brace to guarantee their team one point from the game.

Kagere’s strike in the 10th minute was a happy accident, as he blindly tapped the ball with the side of his foot in an attempt to lay it properly for Ivorian Ephrem Guikan, but it deflected into the net much to his joyful surprise.

Ondieki doubled matters for the champions just 24 minutes later by guiding a header past Sofapaka custodian Mathias Kigonya.

Sofapaka defender Yusuf Mohammed had intended to clear a dangerous ball from the right, but it flew into the air and Ondieki, who was acquired from Western Stima in December last year, leapt just in time to meet it and send it home.

Sofapaka coach John Baraza responded by withdrawing Humphrey Okoti seven minutes before the end of the first half and replacing him with deadly striker Stephen Waruru in a bid to rescue his team from an impending embarrassment.
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Aswani pulled one back for Batoto ba Mungu in the 51st minute, prompting K’Ogalo to work even harder to safeguard their lead.

The visitors kept it late, but a defensive mishap in the 85th minute saw their patience pay off. Harun Shakava and goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch had both left their areas of jurisdiction, and Okare easily headed home a long ball from the middle, leaving Shakava guiltily running after it in what was an exercise in futility.

It didn’t take two minutes for Sofapaka to inflict pain again, and it was Okare once more who scooped the ball and sent a thunderbolt into the top left corner.

Gor however responded promptly through Innocent Wafula who made the most of a goalmouth melee to deliver the equaliser in stoppage time.


Gor Mahia take on Sofapaka

Gor Mahia will take on fourth placed Sofapaka on Wednesday in Kisumu. It is the first match since both teams had points deducted after the high court ruling that nullifed results against Nakumatt and Zoo Kericho. Gor Mahia are now on 45 points, still 9 points ahead of Sofapaka. Gor Mahia will be looking to put some distance between them and second placed Kakamega Homeboyz.

“Our targets are the same for each game. We want three points. That requires good preparation and strategic approach and that is what we have done,” said coach Dylan Kerr to the Nation.

Sofapaka will be trying to reboot their title hopes which have stalled in recent matches.

“Playing Gor Mahia in Kisumu will be a tough endeavour. That is the best team in the country right now but we shall give our best,” said Sofapaka’s Ugandan coach Sam Ssimbwa to the Nation.

Last  weekend Gor Mahia put on what was perhaps their most spirited performances against defending champions Tusker under difficult rainy conditions. And coach Kerr was impressed with his side.

“I have seen for character for heart for endeavor from my players today because it was a tough game under tough conditions” said Kerr


Gor Mahia held by Sofapaka

Gor Mahia’s title aspirations ran into a roadblock when they were held scoreless by Sofapaka on Sunday at Nyayo stadium
Additional reporting from Citizen Sports
Basement side Sofapaka FC dented Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions, Gor Mahia’s aspirations of retaining their crown when they forced them into a barren stalemate at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Victor Ademba gave visiting Sony Sugar a 26th minute lead at Thika United but the hosts forced a share of the spoils when Musa Saad equalised in the 76th to leave the sugar millers tenth (32), three places above their opponents.

The result at Nyayo handed the initiative in the title chase back to leaders Tusker FC who are now four clear at the summit on 48 points with five games to go in an encounter where Sofapaka goalkeeper, Mathias Kigonya, produced a man-of-the-match performance to thwart K’Ogalo.

“We closed Gor at the centre because we knew that is where the danger was. My players had four clear chances of hitting them on the counter but failed to score. We are optimistic we will survive, this was an important match that I believe will inspire my team to fight on in the remaining five matches,” satisfied Sofapaka boss, David Ouma, who returned to the side after his engagements with Harambee Starlets said.

“My return adds something but I want to thank my technical bench for the job they have done in my absence. We own the results as a group whether I’m present or not,” Ouma added.

His team inched to within a point of second from bottom Nairobi City Stars with 16, eight behind Ushuru FC who occupy the last slot to escape the chop.

Gor boss, Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira was too distraught to speak to the media after honouring his obligations with broadcast sponsors as he rued a missed opportunity to turn the pressure on Tusker who won 2-1 on Friday.

Field captain, Musa Mohammed who was marking his record 250th appearance for Gor set the tone for a frustrating afternoon for Gor when he failed to hit the target when a pin-point free kick from the returning Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma in the second minute.

Eric Ochieng, who crossed over from Gor to Sofapaka in June then tested Boniface Oluoch with a free-kick in the ninth, before floating another set piece delivery two minutes later but defender Abouba Sibomana got the better of Johnson Baagole in an aerial contest to avert danger.

Ouma then wasted two chances in quick succession, his first shot from close range was denied by the keeper when Gor raced to the other end after being put through goal by a glorious cross from Karim Nzigiyamana before he failed to turn in a George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo pass across goal in the 19th.

Jacques Tuyisenge then almost gave the title-holders the lead in the 23rd, Nzigiyamana crossing to him from the right only to be denied by Kigonya as he prepared to pull the trigger.

In the 35th, Tuyisenge’s header flew just over with Kigonya beaten, after he was set up by Francis Kahata.
On the stroke of the half time, Kigonya blunder almost gifted Gor the opener in the only blot to his commanding shift between the sticks after he needlessly handled the ball just outside the box.

The resultant free-kick was blocked by Francis Kentile and the whistle blew for half time before Earnest Wendo could convert the rebound much to the chagrin of K’Ogalo players.

At the restart, Ouma introduced Charles Melubo for Fredrick Ojwang and the new man saved his side when he deflected Kahata’s shot that was flying in out for a fruitless corner.

Gor pinned Batoto ba Mungu in their own half with Meddie Kagere who was playing on the right flank in the first half joining Tuyisenge in a central forward role as Ze Maria switched to a two-pronged attack.

The former Brazilian international then introduced exciting youngster, Amos Nondi resting Sibomana with the new man paving way for Odhiambo to switch flanks to the left as Ouma dropped to defence.

Gor’s all out attack was almost caught out cold in the 67th when Salim Gichuki stole the ball from Nzigiyamana and quickly crossed to the unmarked Melubo who spurned the chance by firing straight to the under employed Olouch.

Ze Maria then hauled off Odhiambo for Ugandan Godfrey Walusimbi, before finally withdrawing Nzigiyamana for former Sofapaka man Enoch Agwanda in a last ditch effort to find a breakthrough.

Agwanda’s corner in the 85th found Mohammed in the box but the skipper was denied the headlines when his finish cannoned off the cross bar in what was the last clear cut opportunity for the champions to grab victory.

K’Ogalo’s profligacy returned to haunt them after successive wins reignited their challenge after cutting down a seven-point lead to two in what was their sixth draw in eight KPL games.


Gor Mahia vs Sofapaka in key encounter

This Sunday Nyayo stadium will feature a crunch match between defending champions and Soafapaka. Gor Mahia cannot afford any slip ups. They are now placed 5 points behind league leaders Tusker who have played an extra game.

Both teams will be highly motivated. Gor Mahia have to keep pace with league leaders Tusker. Sofapaka are in 15th place and staring relegation in the face. They need to gather as many points as possible to have any hope of surviving the big chop. Though in 15th place, Sofapaka have shown a few flashes of their former brilliance, such as when they trounced City Stars 5-0. But they have been sub par in their last two games, losing 1-3 to Ulinzi and 0-1 to Posta Rangers.  Gor Mahia for their part are on the recovery path and have won their last two matches.

Match details

VIP tickets will be sold for Ksh. 500 while regular (terrace) will trade at Ksh. 200.  Big Brother events and ticketing firm will be in charge of the process and fans have been warned that there will be no advance ticketing.

Kickoff: Sunday, September 25 , 4:15 pm at Nyayo stadium


Gor Mahia floor Sofapaka 2-0

Gor Mahia concluded the first leg of the 2016 season with a 2-0 win over bottom club Sofapaka at Moi Stadium Kisumu. The goals came from Khalid Aucho and Musa Mohamed. Gor Mahia are now atop the KPL standings after a poor start to the season.

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K’Ogalo, who collected their sixth successive win will go top of the log if Tusker FC fall to AFC Leopards in a match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Uganda Cranes midfielder Khalid Aucho and defender Musa Mohammed were on target in the first half to see the three-peat champions finish the opening leg on 29 points ahead of the month long break.

On the other hand, the result compounded relegation woes on 2009 champions Sofapaka, who have gone five matches without a win to languish at the bottom of the standings on seven points.

Entering the clash, Gor head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira maintained the winning squad that blew apart Mathare United 2-0 while Batoto Ba Mungu missed the services of Fred Kentille and Josephat Oyugi who are out injured.

The champions made their intentions known early when Aucho nodded home the opener six minutes after kick-off from his rebound that had dazzled the Sofapaka defence.

The goal motivated Gor to surge forward and they could have doubled the lead in the 20th minute, but Jaswel Njuguna cleared the danger off the line from Karim Nizigiyimana’s delivery.

Sofapaka responded with their first shot on target through Ken Maritim’s thunderbolt, only to see the effort thwarted by Gor custodian Boniface Oluoch, who was alert to parry over.

At the half hour mark, Aucho had a chance to notch his brace but wasted the glorious opportunity when he feebly shot wide after Godfrey Walusimbi had danced past three defenders to set him up.

Ferreira made his first substitution, withdrawing Nizigiyimana for Luke Ochieng and it didn’t take long before his charges found the second when captain Musa Mohammed led by example to side foot home from a short corner taken by Walusimbi and Innocent Wafula.

Batoto Ba Mungu strived hard to pull a second half comeback but that only remained to be a dream despite Collins Omondi rattling the cross bar before Wycliffe Opondo threatened with a long range screamer that Oluoch saved.

The league will take a month long break, paving way for the June transfer window before the start of the second leg.


Gor Mahia host Sofapaka

Blackberry taking on Sofapaka in 2015

Having won five straight matches without conceding a goal, Gor Mahia will continue their 2016 Kenya Premier League campaign when they take on Sofapaka at Moi Stadium Kisumu on Wednesday. Its an opportunity for Gor Mahia to continue their ascent up the league table. In the last five matches, Gor Mahia have risen from 12th place to 2nd place. They are now only 2 points behind league leaders Tusker.

Gor Mahia have now settled after the turmoil of the early season when Frank Nuttall and the club’s executive committee were embroiled in a fight over Nuttall’s contract. Rwanda striker Jacque Tuyisenge has proven to be a reliable goal-scorer and will be relied upon once again. He is currently 3rd in the goal-scoring chart with 6 goals. George Odhiambo “Blackberry, Geoffrey Walusimbi, Khalid Aucho, Karim Nizigiyimana, Innocent  and Eric Ouma have all been in sensational form. Ouma for his part has credited the support he has received from senior players for the success he has had.

“The senior players have been motivating me to keep moving and work harder. Without them and their motivation I would not have made this step” he said to futaa.com

But also keep in mind that Marcelo is learning from Ze Maria who in his heyday was one of the best wing-backs in the world.  Ouma who has been the subject of transfer rumours should keep that in mind if he considers joining a rival team. He may not have similar success under a different coach and different system.

Aside from individial brilliance, what has also carried Kogalo is the fighting spririt of the players.

“We were playing a good side, and I expected a tough match. I think what won this match for us is the fighting spirit of my team. You could see that they were hungry for a win. We deserved to win,” said coach Marcelo Ferreira after the Mathare match. That fighting spirit was also evident when Gor Mahia fought gamely to grab a late winner against Western Stima last weekend.

They will need to carry that same spirit against Sofapaka who though a pale shadow of their 2015 edition, still pose a danger. Heritier Luvalu and Barnabas Tiema are two players that Kogalo will need to pay particular attention to.

Kickoff Time: Wednesday 25-May-2016 at 14:00 hours