Gor Mahia: Done with AFC Leopards, Bring on Everton

By alex wafula
Jun 11, 2017
  • Meddie Kagere was the tournament's top scorer in dar es Salaam. (Photo Courtesy)

Fifteen-time Kenyan Premier League champions champions Gor Mahia will play English Premier league side Everton FC in a friendly match in Dar es Salaam on July 13.

This is after K’Ogalo beat rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 in the final of the SportPesa Super Cup at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday evening.

Second half goals from Timothy Otieno, Oliver Maloba and former AFC Leopards man John Ndirangu handed Gor the win, replicating the result they had over Ingwe in a league fixture in May.

“It was a very tough match today but we came out here with only one ambition in mind, and that is to win. We showed good character and got the reward we wanted,” Meddie Kagere, crowned the tournament top scorer said after the game.

Gor Mahia were missing eight first team players all who were out on international duty, but they were totally in control against AFC Leopards who had a near full strength squad.

Musa Mohammed, Boniface Oluoch and Ernest Wendo were with Harambee Stars, Karim Nizigiyimana with Burundi, Godfrey Walusimbi with Uganda while Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza and Jacques Tuyisenge are with Rwanda.

The former Kenyan champions were boosted with the return of head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira who returned to the touchline after missing the two previous games. He was away on mid-season holiday in his native Brazil.

From their starting team AFC Leopards missed Robinson Kamura who was with Harambee Stars but didn’t travel to Sierra Leone while Mungai Kiongera was missing with injury.

But, they couldn’t match up to expectation and push the under strength Gor Mahia side. Gor were commanding in possession from the first minute.

Earliest chance

Kagere had the earliest chance of the game, but he missed connecting a header from a Wellington Ochieng cross. Innocent Wafula also had a header go wide from Francis Kahata’s delivery.

Timothy Otieno was guilty of two missed chances when he was put through by Kagere, shooting wide on both occasions.

Allan Katterega was the liveliest of the AFC Leopards players and had the side’s only two close chances of the game.

In the 36th minute, his well struck effort at the edge of the box was well handled by Gor Mahia keeper Fredrick Odhiambo. In the 41st minute, his header from a Marcus Abwao cross went just wide.

Gor’s attacking play continued in the second half when they pressed harder on the pedal. George Odhiambo’s effort three minutes after the restart was punched away by Ian Otieno.

In the 52nd minute, Kenneth Muguna saw his well struck freekick hit the upright. The pressure paid off on the hour mark when Otieno atoned for all his missed chances with a low finish from the right.

With barely three minutes on the pitch, substitute Maloba made it 2-0 with a simple touch into the net from an Odhiambo cross in the 75th minute.

It was a quick transition play from Gor who had won the ball back from AFC Leopards with Muguna initiating the move with a cheeky backheel to release Odhiambo who sprung straight into attack.

The second goal more or less killed off Ingwe and another substitute Ndirangu crowned off the afternoon with a well struck shot from the edge of the box.