'Routine' discontent after Gor Mahia drop more points

By alex wafula
May 29, 2017
  • Gor Mahia Jacque Tuyisenge scored the equalizer against Posta Rangers. The former champions are still top of the table. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Jose Marcelo Ferreira, the Gor Mahia coach could be under pressure after the former champions dropped two more points on Sunday evening when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Posta Rangers.

It was under a hostile environment for the Brazilian coach. Fans chanted ‘Ze Maria must go’ while the match progressed as Gor dropped points for the second consecutive time. The coach quickly sneaked from the stadium after the match, avoiding journalists.

Jacques Tuyisenge had stepped off the bench to score the equalizer with 11 minutes to go after Dennis Mukaisi opened the account for Posta Rangers.

Despite the draw, Gor retained the top spot, but are on same points with defending champions Tusker FC who beat struggling AFC Leopards 1-0 in Meru.

“This is not the way Gor should be playing. We don’t feel like we can challenge for the title,” one disgruntled fan shouted from the terraces.

Posta Rangers retained the fourth spot but coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo felt they should have wrapped up the game early enough.

“I am very disappointed because these are two points dropped today. We had so many chances to score but we lost them and that is why I have now put up the priority of getting a striker in June. We have been scoring just one goal in every match and it is not good for our ambition,” the tactician added.

Slow first half

The first half was slow with both sides creating minimal matches. There were changes for both sides with Gor Mahia missing two of their starters.

Defender Harun Shakava who has been rock solid was absent, as well as George Odhiambo. They are both injured. 

Youngster Amos Nondi started his first match this season but appeared to have failed his audition. Joseph Mbugi and Jared Obwoge had chances with shots from distance, but none could trouble Boniface Oluoch in the Gor Mahia goal.

The match sparked to life in the second period with both teams carving out chances as light showers fell.

A great break on the counter by Gor Mahia early on the hour mark was disappointingly broken when Wellington Ochieng misplaced a pass in midfield. Posta Rangers won the ball back.

K’Ogalo were punished immediately when Achesa won the ball, broke on the left and floated a cross into the box.  Mukaisi rose high to head in between Musa Mohammed and Joash Onyango.

As they have done most of the time this season when leading, Posta defendedexpecting a favorable result. But, Tuyisenge broke the resilience with a neat finish from the edge of the area.

Mathare's poor form continues

Elsewhere, 2008 champions Mathare United’s poor form continued when they slumped to a fifth consecutive loss, going down 2-1 to Nakumatt FC in Ruaraka. Kepha Aswani’s penalty three minutes to time sent Nakumatt up after Mathare fought to equalize.

Defender Nicholas Mejja gave Nakumatt the lead in the 62nd minute with a powerful shot after a surging run on the right. Mejja turned from hero to villain 12 minutes later when he fouled a Mathare forward inside the box.

Chris Oduor stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to draw Mathare level. However, a resilient fight from the Premier League new boys saw them get the winner, also from the penalty spot.

Martin Ongori committed a foul inside the box and Aswani stepped up and made no mistake. The goal had come just four minutes after what he thought was a goal was flagged down for offside.

In Kisumu, Kariobangi Sharks defender Pascal Ogweno scored in the wrong net six minutes from time to hand hosts Western Stima a draw having gone down to Masoud Juma’s strike.

KPL Weekend results

Saturday: Bandari 0 Kakamega Homeboyz 0 (Mbaraki Complex), Chemelil Sugar 2 Ulinzi Stars 1 (Chemelil), Nzoia United 1 Sofapaka 1 (Sudi Stadium), Thika United 1 Muhoroni Youth 1 (Thika Sub County Stadium).

Sunday: Nakumatt 2 Mathare United 1 (Ruaraka Complex), Posta Rangers 1 Gor Mahia 1 (Nyayo Stadium), Tusker FC 1 AFC Leopards 0 (Kinoru Stadium, Meru), Western Stima 1 Kariobangi Sharks 1 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Zoo Kericho 1 Sony Sugar 1 (Kericho Stadium).