Gor's sweet revenge

By nesta kizito
Feb 23, 2013
  • Gor Mahia players celebrate after winning the DSTV cup on post-match penalties.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Gor Mahia on Saturday got a sweet revenge over Kenyan premier league champions Tusker FC beating the latter 5-4 on post-match penalties to lift the DSTV curtain raiser Super cup after a barren draw in regulation time at the Nyayo national stadium.

Once again it was Gor’s heroic goalkeeper Ivo Mapunda who was thrust in the thick of things in injury time coming on as a substitute to Jerim Onyango that saved the day when he punched the last spot kick to hand his side the trophy.

Last year Tusker beat Gor in the same fashion to lift the Super Cup after regulation time had ended in 1-1 deadlock. That same season, the brewers went ahead to beat K’ogalo to the league title on the last day of the league action after thrashing Nairobi City Stars 3-0 at Hope Centre in Kawngware while Gor were held to a 1-1 at City stadium by Thika United.

The win by Tusker saw them lift the league title for the tenth time on 60 points while Gor emerged as runner up on 59 points.

Earlier on in the game Gor had failed to make their dominance count as they played the entire match with a man more after Tusker’s first choice goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch was red carded by centre referee Sylvester Kirwa in the fourth minute for handling the ball outside the box.

Gor dictated the game for the better spell enjoying lion’s share of possession but were less clinical in the final third. Tusker on their part reverted to packing the midfield employing 4-4-1 approach with the hope of catching their opponents flat footed on the counter.

Gors’ Ugandan striker DanSserukuma, Edwin Lavatsa and the January signing Paul Mungai Kiongera all spanned numerous scoring opportunities in both halves Tusker equally had their chance’s through Jesses were and Robert Omunuk but neither could find the target.

Omunuk could have hit the last nail in the coffin of K’ogalo with just ten minute left but he blasted his attempt above the bar from just 18 yards.