All square between Gor and Bandari

By nesta kizito
Jun 30, 2013
  • Gor Mahia Dan Serenkuma controls the ball against Bandari Humprey Okoti at the City Stadium.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

For the second consecutive match, Gor Mahia fired blanks as they were held to a barren draw by Bandari at City Stadium on Sunday.

K’Ogalo will rue the many chances that their four-pronged attack, comprising Paul Kiongera, Dan Sserunkuma, Edwin Lavatsa and Rama Salim, created but failed to utilize.

Regardless, Bandari and Gor remained second and third on the log with 24 and 23 points respectively.

Gor threatened early in the match with Kiongera, who is just back from a lengthy injury lay off, combined well with Sserunkumand and Lavatsa only for the latter to blast wide from the edge of the box.

Moments later, it was the turn of Sserunkuma and Rama come within striking distance but the quick intervention of international goalkeeper Wilson Obungu denied the marauding pair a shot at goal.

In attempt to add impetus to his team’s game plan, Gor coach, John “Bobby” Ogolla introduced Kevin Omondi, newly signed Paul Odhiambo and Moses Odhiambo for Erick Ochieng, Sserunkuma and the exhausted Lavatsa respectively.

However, the changes proved futile as Bandari held their ground with some disciplined defending. Strikers’ profligacy Gor Mahia were similarly held to a barren draw by leaders Thika United on Wednesday at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Ogolla said, save for his strikers’ profligacy, he was satisfied with the team’s performance. Bandari coach Twahhir Muhhidin was clearly the happier of the two tacticians although he played down his team’s title prospects despite the positive results that his team has strung up in recent matches.

“We are just taking one match at a time. At the moment we will focus on the return leg in one week’s time in Mombasa”, Muhidin said.

Fans to attend AFC/Thika game

AFC Leopards’ match against Thika on Monday afternoon at the Nyayo National Stadium will be played with fans in the stadium after the Football Kenya Federation,FKFgranted a stay of execution on the Independent Disciplinary and complaints Committee’s (IDCC) earlier decision to have the match played behind closed doors.

IDCC imposed the one home game sanction on AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia as a punitive measure for the misconduct of their fans during the derby on May 12 at Nyayo which was briefly interrupted by crowd trouble.