Gor switch off Stima as Zoo, Nakumatt end in stalemate
Experience counted for Kenyan Premier League champions elect, Gor Mahia, as they came from behind to beat Western Stima 2-1 in a league match at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
Vincent Omumbo put the troubled Stima ahead in the 18th minute but Francis Kahata and Wellington Ochieng’s simultaneous strikes in the 32nd and 39th minutes sealed the deal.
Zoo Kericho FC rallied from a goal down to force a 1-1 draw against Nakumatt FC in an exciting Kenyan Premier League (KPL) encounter at the Ruaraka Grounds on Wednesday.
Kepha Ondati struck from virtually the last minute of play to cancel out Kevin Omondi Oyoo’s first half opener.
Nakumatt conceded a foul down the left flank with Kipyegon’s resultant free-kick tipped away by keeper Ezekiel Owade.
The visitor’s defence was holding the high line, casually catching the Nakumatt offensive offside but their strategy almost proved costly when the trap was beaten.
John Njoroge’s decoy run left him clean on goal but he fumbled with the ball and finally scuffed a shot straight into the arms of keeper keeper Vincent Misikhu.
The hosts came knocking again when Nicolas Meja drove along the right wing and whipped a fierce cross that found Clinton Kisiavuki inside the six-yard area.The veteran midfielder was let down by his first touch and was unable to bring it down for the shot.
Play was temporarily halted in the 16th minute when a bloody collision left striker Nicholas Kipkirui and David Gateri dazed and forcing both to be withdrawn from the match for further medical attention.
Zoo later paid dearly for their sloppy defending when Oyoo pounced on Johnstone Ligare’s back pass to slot the tuck the ball beyond Misikhu and into the back of the net.
Nakumatt were awarded a penalty in the 63rd minute with Peter Nzuki stepping up to take the responsibility. Misikhu guessed right, diving sharply to his right deny the Nakumatt skipper and keep his team in it.
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