Superb Gor Mahia dismiss Ushuru

By alex wafula
Apr 26, 2015
  • Gor Mahia's Micheal Olunga with teammate Meddie Kagera celebrates after scoring the second goal against Ushuru.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Gor Mahia fans pose with bread.

  • Gor Mahia Khalid Aucho and Godfrey Walusimbi in action against Ushuru.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

A goal and an assist from Michael Olunga was enough for Gor Mahia to register their sixth win of the season and maintain an unbeaten record with a 2-0 win over Ushuru at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday evening.

With the victory, Gor stretch their lead at the top of the table to 20 points, two ahead of second placed Thika United who beat Nairobi City Stars 1-0 at the Thika Municipal Stadium, Jackson Macharia scoring the all important goal.

K’Ogalo were a beauty to watch, only for the first half. They were forced to spend most of the second half on the back foot with Kenyatta having introduced Allan Katerega and Rosevelt Blatty in a bid to resuscitate his side which was already choking with a 2-0 deficit.

It was a curious decision by Kenyatta to leave Kateregga and Blatty on the bench for a match of this magnitude despite the two having proved their worth in the last three games.

Against Ulinzi, Blatty came off the bench to score the equalizer, Kateregga also came off the bench to score the winner as Ushuru beat AFC Leopards 1-0 and it was naturally expected that they would start against Gor.

It was no wonder that when they stepped onto the pitch, the game changed and were only unlucky not to register their names on the score-sheet.

Just as the game was starting, Gor had already shaken Ushuru’s backline with Olunga seeing his header come off the bar.

Gor quick off the blocks

K’Ogalo were quick off the blocks, Ali Abondo feeding Meddie Kagere on the left with the Rwandese lifting his head to sight Olunga with a well weighted cross.

The pressure was always on Ushuru with Gor maintaining a high line of defense, with their hosts being caught offside four times in the first 20 minutes.

True to their style, Gor tapped the ball around with ease and were only kept silent by a resolute Ushuru defense.

But the same would collapse like a pack of cards in the 31st minute, former Gor Mahia defender David Otieno’s short back pass to his keeper Samwel Odhiambo being intercepted by Olunga who easily tapped past the advancing keeper.

The goal increased Gor’s comfort and Ushuru Coach Ken Kenyatta was forced into a 40th minute substitution pulling out Robert Omnuk who was largely ineffective for Evans Kiwanuka.

The substitution though was majorly tactical with Kenyatta seeking to make numbers in midfield with Gor exploiting them with a three man midfield versus their two man preference. However, with Kiwanuka coming in, the tax-men found their balances.

Beautiful buildup 

But they would find themselves with a steeper mountain to climb just two minutes from the restart, Kagere getting to the end of a very beautiful build up from K’Ogalo to make it two.

He had picked up a pass from Khalid Aucho, back-heeling to Olunga who returned the favour with a nifty volleyed pass to Kagere who made the most with a side foot tap into the far post.

But as soon as Kateregga and Blatty came on for Barrack Odhiambo and Nelson Simwa respectively the balances tipped in Ushuru’s favour.

Only the crossbar and an on-form Boniface Oluoch kept the scores much the same until the final whistle.

In the 71st minute, Kateregga had a chance with a shot at the edge of the box from an Okwemba cross with Oluoch stretching to save off the effort.

Five minutes later, it was the crossbar which denied Ushuru a goal, this time Davies Ikocheli heading onto the bar from Kateregga’s cross.

Seven minutes to the final whistle, Oluoch again produced a master-class save to deny Kiwanuka who had risen well to connect to Okwemba’s cross.