Tuyisenge bags first hat-trick as Gor run amok
Jacques Tuyisenge was the hero of the afternoon plundering a hat-trick as Gor Mahia went on the rampage beating Kariobangi Sharks 3-1 in a lop-sided Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash staged the Moi Stadium Kisumu on Tuesday.
By half time, Tuyisenge was done with business, springing to 12 goals this term, to tie with Nakumatt’s Kepha Aswani at the summit of golden boot hunt.
Gor is now just a point away from coronation as the 2017 champions. It will be their 16th title in history- highlighting the gulf in class between them and the rest of the crowd.
They have now hauled their points tally to 63 p, after the exciting comeback from the 1-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Mathare United in round 29 of the fixtures.
Both coaches rung changes in their squads from the teams that featured last wekeend, with Gor’s Dylan Kerr starting Fredick Odhiambo between the posts at the expense of Boniface Oluoch, and Innocent Wafula in the right wing-back role relegating Burundian Karim Nizigiyamana to the bench.
The Englishman also started Philemon Otieno at the heart of the midfield, where Rwandese Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza played in the 1-0 loss to Mathare in the weekend, seeking to correct the mistakes that cost him his first loss in the league.
Sharks’ William Muluya welcomed back Michael Bodo from suspension, while recalling midfielders Sven Yidah and Duke Abuya in the first team after resting them during their weekend 2-2 draw against Sony Sugar FC.
On the pitch, Tuyisenge connected well with George ‘BlackBerry’ Odhiambo in what was the first chance of the match in the third minute, only to shoot off target with only goalkeeper Jeff Oyemba to beat.
Sharks responded with a quick move between Abuya and Francis Manoah, but Harun Shakava halted the latter as he prepared to pull the trigger.
Sharks had rough time dealing with speedy Meddie Kagere and ‘Blackberry’ on both channels, with Muguna and Tuyisenge sumptuously connecting the threads from the middle .
Tuyisenge netted the opener in the 13th, capitalising on Oyemba’s sluggishness to collect the ball, well floated into the box with the Rwandese lurking.
The K’Ogalo vice-skipper celebrated by tossing his boots to the ecstatic fans, probably announcing his intention for the day.Five minites later, he was at it again, this time assisted by his fellow countryman Kagere.
Cheered by the lively Green Army , Gor continued to terrorize the William Muluya coached side camping in their half almost throughout.
It was not a surprise when Tuyisenge completed his hat-trick, finishing perfectly aWellington Ochieng’s pass in the 36th minute.
Two minutes later, Gambian Ebrimma Saneh thought he had reduced the deficit but his goal was disallowed for offside .
The second stanza started with Gor showing intent for more goals, winning a corner within the first two minutes.
Muluya reacted by withdrawing Sanneh for Ovella Ochieng and Manoah to introduce Juma, seeking to sharpen his ineffective strike force.
The changes appeared to pay dividends, with Juma and Abuya pulling a close attempt after dislodging Musa, Shakava and Wafula in the box. Abuya danced around keeper Odhiambo before shooting, but Muguna was quick to clear from the line.
Masoud Juma gave Sharks their consolation in the 72nd, firing from the spot taking his season tally to 11.
The introduction of Elly Asieche in the place of Paul Kamau added more strength in Sharks, and Gor lowered the striking tempo retreating to defend their two-goal lead.
Kerr brought on Mugiraneza and Walusimbi to beef up the defense with the clock ticking fast to the stoppage, sealing Sharks’ sixth consecutive match without a win.
As Tuyisenge came off almost at the stoppage for teenager Jeconiah Uyoga, the fans gave him a deserved standing ovation for the man-of-the -match performance.
Elsewhere, AFC Leopards beat Ulinzi Stars 1-0 at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. Whyvonne Isuza claimed the lone goal.
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