Gor beat Muhoroni to cement lead

By alex wafula
Aug 05, 2017
  • Gor Mahia's Timothy Otieno vies for the ball with Muhoroni Youth's Jacobs Faina. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

Gor Mahia opened a four-point gap at the top of the Kenyan Premier League standings after they beat Muhoroni Youth 2-0 in Kisumu on Saturday.

Jacques Tuyisenge and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo scored a goal in either hal. This was the third consecutive win for Dylan Kerr, the Gor coach who was not impressed with what he terms as ‘interference and tapping of his players’ by a Nairobi based agency.

He argued the agency has ‘disoriented’ midfielder Kenneth Muguna who is linked with a move to Albania to re-join his immediate former Gor coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira.

Muguna did not play the midweek match against Nakumatt and started off on the bench on Saturday against Muhoroni.

“If they want Kenneth, then let them come with three million dollars. Otherwise, no way he is leaving. He still has two years on his contract and people should just respect that. He is a young boy with ambitions but he should not make bad decisions,” Kerr said.

“I have personally talked to him and told him my position,” the tactician added.

Also being linked with moves to Albania are left back Godfrey Walusimbi and striker Tuyisenge both whose contracts end in December.

Muguna came on as a 26th minute substitute after Anthony ‘Baggio’ Mbugua picked up a hamstring injury. Mbugua had started his first game this season, replacing Philemon Otieno who started off on the bench.

Disallowed goal

Gor had started up fast with Meddie Kagere missing a sitter off a Timothy Otieno cross in the second minute. He had a goal disallowed in the fifth minute off an George Odhiambo cross.

Gor kept their dominance but still missed chances which has been a main cause of worry for Kerr.

The 15-time champions finally got into the lead in the 40th minute when Tuyisenge scored his second goal in consecutive games with a nifty header off a Walusimbi corner.

In the second half, Gor upped their tempo with Boniface Omondi coming in for Timothy Otieno.

With his trickery and pace, Omondi brought a new dimension into the game and had two low efforts go wide.

Muhoroni controlled the tempo of the match passing the ball around with ease but lacked the killer punch and a goal for their efforts.

They were punished for their failure to create chances with the resurgent  'Blackberry' Odhiambo exchanging one-two passes with Omondi before beating Salim Sowedi in the Muhoroni goal with a low finish.

Gor’s win over Muhoroni was a record 10th in as many consecutive league matches.

Meanwhile, Kariobangi Sharks lost their second successive match after going down 2-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz in Mumias. Massoud Juma struck in the 33rd minute to cancel out Wycliffe Opondo’s early strike.

Jeremiah Wanjala ensured the home side kept all three points with a late goal.

KPL Weekend fixtures and results (kick off 3 p.m. unless stated)

Saturday: Gor Mahia 2 Muhoroni Youth 0 (Moi Stadium Kisumu), Kakamega Homeboyz 2 Kariobangi Sharks 1 (Mumias Complex).

Sunday: Ulinzi Stars v Nakumatt FC (11 a.m.), Sofapaka v Thika United (2 p.m.), AFC Leopards v Bandari (4 p.m. Afraha Stadium, Nakuru), Chemelil Sugar v Zoo Kericho (Chemelil Complex), Nzoia Sugar v Posta Rangers (Sudi Stadium, Bungoma), SoNy Sugar v Mathare United (Awendo Stadium), Tusker FC v Western Stima (Kinoru Stadium, Meru).