Gor beat Muhoroni to open six-point gap, Bandari eject Tusker

By alex wafula
Aug 20, 2017
  • Amos Asembeka, who scored two goals for SoNy Sugar against Bandari celebrates with David Simiyu. They won 3-1. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Paul Nkata‚Äôs dream of becoming the first coach to win the GOtv title back to back with two different teams came to an abrupt end when his Bandari side lost to SoNy Sugar. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Masoud Juma of Kariobangi Sharks shields the ball from Brian Manaseh of Eldoret Youth in a GOtv Shield match. He scored two goals. (Photo by Shutterspeed) Arena.jpg

Dylan Kerr, the Gor Mahia boss kept on his 100 percent record with the 15-time champions beating Muhoroni Youth 2-1 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.

As a result, Gor Mahia to move six points clear at the top of the Kenyan Premier League standings.

Robert Mudenyu’s goal seven minutes from time was only a consolation for the sugar millers with Timothy Otieno’s first half brace ensuring K’Ogalo kept their hunt for the title alive.

Sofapaka, the 2009 champions rose to second after a convincing 5-2 win over Nakumatt in Narok.

Batoto ba Mungu dislodged Posta Rangers who were held to a 1-1 draw away to Chemelil Sugar.

With a six-point gap and a match-in hand, Kerr is convinced that Gor Mahia are on the path to reclaim their title especially at a time when holders Tusker have been docked three points.

“We played really well but again we couldn’t convert most of the chances. There is improvement but definitely some bit of jitter because we have not played for the last two weeks,” Kerr said after the match.

Otieno opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a well calculated finish off a Jacques Tuyisenge cross.

It was a good consolation from him having been at the heart of the game’s best chance earlier on, side footing the ball wide from a cross on the left.

Within six minutes of opening his account, Otieno completed his brace with a cool finish past his former keeper Gradus Ochieng, when he broke into the box to face him one on one.

Gor kept the tempo, holding at bay a side that has beaten them only once since coming into the league.

In the second half, Muhoroni who are now under the tutelage of James Omondi following the departure of Gilbert Selebwa came back stronger.

But, they could not get the right formula to unlock the tight Gor Mahia defense and had nothing to show for most of their possession.

Against the run of play, Tuyisenge almost killed off the game but his shot came off the crossbar.

Muhoroni managed to pull one back in the 83rd minute when Mudenyu picked up an Ambrose Ayoyi cross before slotting past Peter Odhiambo.

Mathare United statement

Meanwhile, 2008 champions Mathare United made a statement of intent, picking up a second consecutive win with a resounding 6-0 victory over Zoo Kericho in Ruaraka.

Crispin Oduor struck thrice for the Slum Boys while Derrick Onyango scored two off the bench with Edward Seda adding the other.

Facing a real relegation threat and the season advancing, Francis Kimanzi’s men had no room for error.

Four minutes into the game Oduor began the rout with a clever dink over Zoo keeper Vincent Misikhu who had raced off his line to try and close in on the striker.

It was a resounding start that gave Mathare United comfort as they took hold of the game dictating the tempo and keeping much of the possession.

Ronald Reagan should have done better in the 12th minute when a Chris Ochieng cross found him isolated at the far post, but he could not hit the target.

Mathare’s persistence continued and it bore the second goal four minutes from half time with Oduor hitting his second with another low finish after intercepting a Zoo Kericho clearance.

Zoo Kericho went to the break heads down but upon resumption, they had an agenda to stem the dip.

Three minutes after the restart, Isaac Kipyegon struck a decent freekick from the left but Mathare United keeper Levis Opiyo put in a finger tip to turn the ball away for a corner.

The Zoo Kericho danger man had an effort from another freekick in the 52nd minute but this time, the effort curled wide.

The visitors’ efforts of pumping up for a comeback were nipped in the bud when Edward Seda made it 3-0 in the 57th minute with a composed finish inside the box.

The goal sapped up all energy from Zoo Kerico and from then it was freefall, Onyango made it 4-0 for the hosts in the 74th minute having replaced Reagan before Oduor completed his brace with a 82nd minute penalty after Derrick Nzosi was axed inside the box.

Onyango finished off the hob with a close range finish at the stroke of full time, tapping home after the Zoo keeper failed to hold on to a shot.

GOtv Shield

Elsewhere in the GOtv Shield, Paul Nkata’s dream of becoming the first ever coach to win the title back to back with two different teams came to an abrupt end when his Bandari side slumped to a 3-1 loss at the hands of SoNy Sugar in the quarter finals.

Amos Asembeka’s twin penalties and a Yemi Mwana goal gave the sugar millers a ticket to the semi-final for the first time ever.

It has been a decent ride for SoNy who beat giants Ulinzi Stars in the last 16 to progress.

Mwana opened the scores in the 15th minute when he pounced on the ball inside the area after Wilson Obungu spilled a shot from Fredrick Onyango.

Asembeka doubled the tally on the half hour mark after sending Obungu the wrong way following Felly Mulumba’s foul on Mwana inside the box.

In the second half Mulumba fouled Mwana again and the same script played out again with Asembeka converting.

Baron Oketch pulled one back for Bandari 13 minutes from time, but it was too little too late.

In an early kick off, Kariobangi Sharks were in some scoring mood hitting five past third tier side Eldoret Youth.

Massoud Juma struck twice with Duke Abuya, Sven Yidah and Ebrimah Sanneh grabbing one each to complete the party.

Tusker docked three points

During the week, an administrative error by Tusker FC could cost them a huge piece of their title defence. They were docked three points off their 2-0 win against Zoo Kericho on May 10.

According to a decision delivered by the Kenyan Premier League independent Disputes and Complaints Committee (IDCC), Tusker has been stripped off the win after Zoo successfully lodged an appeal, after the alemen failed present player cards during the match.

According to KPL rules, each team must produce player cards for scrutiny before any match. However, for the brewers, 11-time champions of the local league, on that day failed to carry their players’ cards.

Charles Obiny, the Tusker FC CEO confirmed in a previous interview they had not produced the cards on match day.

Zoo Kericho who have been on a rise were awarded three points which moved them to the 10th position before the weekend fixtures while Tusker FC dropped to seventh.

Last year, Gor Mahia were deducted three points due to crowd trouble and that significantly affected their title defense.

“Rule 3.5 (g) of the Rules of Kenyan Football provides inter alia that the referee and assistant referees must inspect and confirm that the players have valid FKF cards. Rule 3.5(h) states that ‘every player must present their FKF card to the referee before kick off of every match,” the ruling from IDCC read.

Meanwhile, the IDCC has also delivered its ruling on the trouble ridden match pitting Muhoroni Youth and Kakamega Homeboyz on March 26.

According to the ruling, Muhoroni Youth supporters and their chairman Moses Adagala were found guilty of pitch invasion in the match against Kakamega Homeboyz on March 26, consequently leading to the match being abandoned.

Muhoroni Youth have hence been fined Sh400,000 while Adagala has been fined Sh200,000 and given a 60-day stadium ban.

At the same time, Adagala has been handed another 60-day ban for another incident in a match against Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru on May 13 where he charged at the match officials.

The club administrator who also served as the KPL Youth Committee chair will now served a combine ban of 120 days, meaning he will not watch his team in action for the rest of the season with his ban set to expire in December.

Adagala has more often than not been in the news for all the wrong reasons especially when his team plays at home. It had not been the first time that his fans have been accused of violence.

Two seasons ago, the AFC Leopards team bus was stoned while making its way into the stadium for a KPL match.

At the same time, Kariobangi Sharks defender Pascal Ogweno has been slapped with a six-match ban for tearing the referee’s card after being sent off.

KPL have insisted that they will continue taking more stern action to ensure that discipline in the league is maintained.

GOtv Shield fixtures and results (kick off 3 p.m. unless specified)

Saturday: Eldoret Youth 0 Kariobangi Sharks 5, Bandari 1 SoNy Sugar 3 (Nyayo National Stadium).

Sunday: Tusker FC v Vihiga United (1 p.m.), AFC Leopards v Wazito (Nyayo National Stadium)

KPL results

Saturday: Chemelil Sugar 1 Posta Rangers 1 (Chemelil Complex), Mathare United 6 Zoo Kericho 0 (Ruaraka Complex), Muhoroni Youth 1 Gor Mahia 2 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Sofapaka 5 Nakumatt 2 (Narok County Stadium), Thika United 1 Nzoia Sugar 0 (Thika Sub-County Stadium).