Kahata, Juma strike as Gor down Sharks to go top
- Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia reclaimed the control of the league, with a pair of games in store, after staging a comeback and downing Super Cup winners Kariobangi Sharks 2-1, at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday afternoon.
- Rwanda international Jacques Tuyisenge was back in attack for the Hassan Oktay coached side assisted by Nicholas Kipkirui with brace hero Dennis Oliech who engineered the 4-0 crushing of Zoo Kericho dropping to the bench.
Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia reclaimed the control of the league, with a pair of games in store, after staging a comeback and downing Super Cup winners Kariobangi Sharks 2-1, at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday afternoon.
Rwanda international Jacques Tuyisenge was back in attack for the Hassan Oktay coached side assisted by Nicholas Kipkirui with last game’s brace hero against Zoo Kericho Dennis Oliech, who engineered the 4-0 crushing of the Kericho based side dropping to the bench.
The 2-1 win hauled Gor’s points tally to 38, pointing to the KPL summit, two ahead of Sofapaka on 36.
William Muluya’s men got the lead in the 22nd minute through last season’s top scorer Eric Kapaito, much to the surprise of the Green Army but Gor head coach Hassan Oktay remained unfazed.
Lawrence Juma got on the score sheet five minutes later to level the scores, midfield general Francis Kahata getting his side ahead on the close of half time.
The second half saw both sides push for the next goal, Oktay keen to rise atop the KPL log as Muluya bid to avoid a second successive defeat after being downed in midweek by Tusker 3-1 at Ruakara grounds.
Following the 12th win of the season, Gor Mahia have now taken control of the KPL, 38 points from 17 matches.
On the other hand, Sharks are fifth on 29 points from 19 outings after suffering their fourth loss of the season.
Elsewhere, hosts Chemelil FC rallied from a behind to stun Tusker FC 2-1 at the Chemelil Sports Complex.
The Brewers, who were fresh from midweek’s 3-1 dismantling of Kariobangi Sharks, were first to pull the trigger as Boniface Muchiri slotted home calmly after a fine pass from Timothy Otieno.
The millers needed the tactical nous of head coach Francis Baraza, adopting a highly offensive approach in search of the equalizer and 31 minutes on the clock, Lucas Waitere was on target to level scores, lifting the spirits in the otherwise dull home camp.
Five minutes to the break, midfielder Clyde Senaji got into the bad books, as he handled the ball in the box, prompting the referee to point direct to the spot.
Former Mathare United midfielder Musa Oundu stepped forward to beat the helpless Robert Mobaya, converting from the spot and sealing a complete 10-minute comeback, the game headed for a break on 2-1 score line in favour of the hosts.
Coach Robert Matano, was back psyched up for the second half, Senaji and Faraj Ominde making way for Amini Muzerwa and Peter Nzuki respectively as the visitors pushed for a leveler.
Substitute Muzerwa had the visiting camp sliding their heads into their palms as he missed a glorious opportunity to level the scores with nine minutes of regulation time left to play.
The loss which is seventh of the season, has Matano’s men ninth on 26 points from 19 rounds, as Chemelil who are on a three-match unbeaten run, rise to 13th on 21 points after registering their fifth win of the season.
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