Ssekisambu hat-trick powers Gor into fourth in KPL


Gor Mahia FC forward Lawrence Juma (R) celebrate with teammate Francis Mustafa after scoring against ...
Gor Mahia FC forward Lawrence Juma (R) celebrate with teammate Francis Mustafa after scoring against Cameroon club New Stars de Douala during their Caf Confederation Cup playoff match at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on January 13, 2018. Photo/Oliver Ananda/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Erisa Ssekisambu hit a scintillating hat-trick as Gor Mahia FC thumped Mount Kenya United 4-1 to climb up into fourth on the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) standings on Wednesday
  • Dennis Oliech added the other for Gor from the penalty spot after Francis Mustapha had been brought down inside the area with Moses Odhiambo scoring the consolation for Mount Kenya

Erisa Ssekisambu hit a scintillating hat-trick as Gor Mahia FC thumped Mount Kenya United 4-1 to climb up into fourth on the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) standings on Wednesday.

Dennis Oliech added the other for Gor from the penalty spot after Francis Mustapha had been brought down inside the area with Moses Odhiambo scoring the consolation for Mount Kenya.

The victory took Gor to within four points of the league front-runners Mathare United, level with Tusker FC and Kariobangi Sharks on 13 points although the champions have a greater goal difference.

Captain Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango, who had not featured for Gor in their last two matches, were handed starts at the heart of the defence with Oliech dropping to the bench.

With Jacques Tuyisenge rested ahead of Gor’s CAF Confederations Cup return leg clash against New Star de Douala, Ssekisambu started as the lead striker and the Ugandan needed just two minutes to hurt Mount Kenya.

Mount Kenya had made a swift start, putting the ball into the back of Gor’s net but the strike was ruled out for offside. George Odhiambo found Ssekisambu on the other end with a cross and the Ugandan did well to guide it into the net.

Fredrick Odhiambo was called to action on several occasions to deny John Ndirangu and Harun Nyakha with Samwel Ndungu also forcing the Gor goalkeeper into a smart stop in the 62nd minute.

Ephrem Guikan staged an angry walkout straight into the dressing room after he was withdrawn for Oliech by head coach Hassan Oktay four minutes before half time with the Turkish manager later expressing his disappointment in the Ivorian striker.

 

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