Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno is man leaving on borrowed time. For the second time in as many matches, the Gor Mahia coach left the stadium under a hail of missiles from disgruntled club fans.
Chants of Zico must go! rent the air after Saturday's Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match between Gor and KCB at the Nyayo National Stadium ended in a 2-2 draw.
In the match, an off colour K'Ogalo threw away a two-goal advantage to drop more points in a league campaign that is rapidly slipping out of their grip. T
he match that was widely viewed as a must win encounter for Gor began on a slow tempo as both sides struggled to find their rhythm. However, it was Zico's changed twin-strike force of Moses Odhiambo and Wycliffe Ochomo that was asking all the questions while the bankers sat deep and absorbed pressure.
After a couple of missed chances by Tonny Onyango and Eric Masika Gor finally broke the bankers' resistance just after the half hour mark. Hard working centre back, Masika stooped low to meet Moses Odhiambo's low free kick in the 35th minute but was adjudged to have been tripped in the box. Collins “Gattuso” Okoth stepped up to calmly slot in the resultant spot kick despite the bankers remonstration.
The goal was greeted with a subdued sigh of relief from the fans. On the touchline, unlike his usual pacey self, Zico hardly left the bench. Masika was doing all the donkey work and Gor should been at least three goals to the good by half time were it not for the central defender's missed seater and Hadji Mwachoki's misdirected volley in added time.
On resumption, Masika's effort's finally bore fruit with a simple tap in the 55th minute after being perfectly set up by Okoth.
On face value, the two-goal cushion seemed comfortable enough, but in reality Gor was really struggling coming forward from the midfield. Hadji Mwachoki was looking out of sorts on the left flank while Ochomo was too lethargic to give chase to all the good balls that his strike partner Odhiambo kept feeding him with. At the back, save for Masika who covered every blade of grass on the pitch, the rest of the back four was awful.
Indeed it was a defensive howler from left back Collins Omondi that gifted KCB their first goal through Elvis Ayany. Suddenly Gor was on the back foot as KCB started showing signs of self belief.
Deservedly, it didn't take long for the bankers to draw level. Inexplicable hesitance by the Gor back line to repulse KCB's sustained pressure gifted Job Endriseh with a goal in the 79th minute after good a combination with Paul Mungai.
In between the bankers goals, Moses Otieno had forced a spectacular save from Kaleb Adola with a swerving shot in the 72nd minute. But that is far as it went.
In Nakuru, Ulinzi Stars continued their late season revival with a 2-1 win over Western Stima.Goals by Stephen Waruru and George Otieno either sides of the break was enough to earn the soldiers all three points that wilted Tusker FC's lead to just one point. Aloyce Mangi had temporarily restored parity for Stima in the 22nd minute.
The biggest winners of the day were AFC Leopards who contrived a 3-0 thumping of hosts Sony Sugar in Awendo. A brace from from Oscar Kadenge and another goal from Charles Okwemba lifted the resurgent Ingwe to seventh on the log with 33 points while Sony dropped to eighth with 32 points.
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