Gor whip City Stars to stay in command

By nesta kizito
Oct 04, 2014
  • Dan Sserunkuma scored three goals against City Stars to keep alive their hopes of retaining the KPL league title. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Brian Osumba takes on Mathare United players in a KPL match which Tusker won 1-0 (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Gor Mahia made a huge step in their bid to retain the Kenyan Premier League with a resounding 4-1 thrashing of City Stars on Saturday at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The result saw Gor opening a five-point gap at the top of the table on 51 points with four matches to go. As a result, pressure will now be on the second-placed Sofapaka to beat Sony Sugar away in Awendo on Sunday so as to stay in touch with the leaders.

However, City Stars did not take the loss graciously with their Nigerian coach Robinson Ofwoku taking issue with center referee Amos Wanjala’s decision to award two penalties to Gor Mahia. “I am very disappointed with the level of officiating. Both penalties were wrongly awarded to our opponents and in a way killed off our spirit,” he said.

Dan Sserunkuma yet again played a starring role for K’Ogalo ripping apart his old team with a hat trick that took his season’s tally to 14 goals. The Ugandan striker, who has in every sense of the word carried the goal scoring burden for Gor this season, is well on course to securing the golden boot following his latest feat.

The flattering scoreline notwithstanding, it took Gor Mahia 42 minutes to break down City Stars’ resistance. And when they finally did, the floodgates suddenly opened as K’Ogalo pumped in three quickfire goals at the tail end of the first period to all but kill off the contest.

The first goal came through the effort of George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and David ‘Calabar’ Owino who strung a one-two before teeing up Sserunkuma for a simple finish from close range.

Hammer blow

Three minutes later, City Stars conceded a second goal from a Sserunkuma penalty after John Amboko was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

But it was City Stars Fredrick Majani goalkeeper who will take blame for initially having cheaply given away possession after failing to collect a harmless looking ball outside the box.

Then two minutes into first half stoppage time, Gor Mahia delivered another hammer blow from Odhiambo’s shot which took a deflection on its way in.

With the match all but sewn up, Sserunkuma put the icing on the cake in the 57th minute to complete his hat trick from the spot after Mark Ongwae conceded a soft penalty for tagging Harun Shakava’s shirt as the two players tussled for a corner kick.

Rey Omondi would pull one goal for City Stars in the 82nd minute with a fortuitous effort from Kevin Opiyo’s miskicked shot. With his job, done Sserunkuma was pulled out two minutes later and his place taken by fellow Ugandan Arthur Ssemazi who almost made an immediate impact with a volleyed shot from Odhiambo’s cross but Majani was equal to the task.

Earlier on at the same venue, former champions Tusker kept their title hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Mathare United. Andrew Tololwa scored the all-important goal midway through the first half to move the brewers to 45 points, five adrift of the leaders.

In Kisumu, Western Stima and KCB shared the spoils in a match that ended 1-1 while Muhoroni Youth hit the fast fading KRA 3-1 in Muhoroni.