Tuyisenge ensures Gor retain top spot, Atudo kicks Tusker

By alex wafula
Aug 02, 2017
  • Gor Mahia's Jacques Tuyisenge celebrates his goal against Nakumatt alongside teammates Boniface Omondi, Philemon Otieno and Meddie Kagere. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

  • Posta Rangers' Titus Achesa wheels away from Tusker's Paul Odhiambo. Posta Rangers won 1-0. (Photo by Alex Wafula)

  • Mathare United Chris Ochieng shields the ball from Charles Momanyi Kakamega Homeboyz. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Gor Mahia and Posta Rangers retained their positions in the top two spots of the Kenyan Premier League log with identical 1-0 wins in the midweek Kenyan Premier League matches.

Posta Rangers FC needed late drama to beat holders Tusker FC while Jacques Tuyisenge scored in the first half as Gor completed a double over Nakumatt.

Despite winning 1-0 against the league newcomers, Dylan Kerr, the Gor Mahia boss was disappointed that his side could not yet again create much infront of goal and they struggled to bury home the little they created.

The tactician has now urged his players to replicate their performance from the training ground onto match day.

“Every day we train on crossing and finishing and these players bang in goals. But I am surprised that it is not the same when we come to the match. It’s baffling that they lose their composure when they come to the pitch,” Kerr explained.

Earlier, Posta Rangers occupied the top spot for a few hours after beating Tusker FC as they awaited the result of the 15-time champions, Gor Mahia.

At the Nyayo National Stadium, Gor Mahia got into business early with Tuyisenge calmly slotting home from a George Odhiambo cross from the right in the 11th minute.

New formation

Kerr had reverted the side back to a 4-3-3 formation shifting away from the 3-4-3 formation they had played with for most of the season.

Ernest Wendo who had returned into the team in the absence of Kenneth Muguna did well in midfield winning possession and he was the sole reason Nakumatt didn’t advance much upfront.

Nakumatt had resorted to using the wings to try and exploit the offensive nature of both Gor fullbacks, but couldn’t get it right when it came to getting the final ball in attack.

Gor were more direct in their approach and they almost had a second when Odhiambo’s swerving left foot volley caught Nakumatt keeper Sammy Okinda by surprise, but luckily the custodian reacted fast enough to parry the ball for a corner.

Nakumatt’s closest chance of the half came on the half hour mark when Nicholas Mejja laid in a wonderful low cross, but Kepha Aswani who was waiting for the ball at the edge of the box missed.

On the other end, Odhiambo tried his luck with another volley, but Okinda once again proved equal to the task.

Taking in a 1-0 halftime score, Gor knew Nakumatt would come back a stronger side in the second half. They chose to suck in the pressure by scoring early and they almost did in the 55th minute.

Tuyisenge played Kagere through with a neat through pass, but the Ugandan-born Rwandese saw his shot saved by Okinda.

On the hour mark, Boniface Omondi was played through by Kagere but the former Nzoia Sugar man’s effort went wide under pressure from Eugene Ambulwa.

K’Ogalo continued their dominance and Odhiambo’s shot from the right in the 67th minute was saved by Okinda with the rebound ricocheting off Kagere and wide for a goal-kick.

In an early kick off, a disallowed goal, a red card and a thunderbolt of a winner all in the final seven minutes characterized Posta Rangers’ 1-0 win over Tusker FC.

It was a rather dull match, but the two seemed to have left the best for last.

Posta scored an 83rd minute goal with Jockins Atudo brushing home a long throw from Luke Ochieng.

However, the referee ruled out the goal after consultation with his assistant, saying the ball went straight in from the long throw without a touch.

Red card

In the ensuing protests, striker Dennis Mukaisi was sent off for a second yellow card. Referee Raymond Onyango swung in the yellow saying Mukaisi had dissented.

But just three minutes on the turn, Atudo responded in emphatic fashion. He drove in a thunderbolt of a freekick from 40 yards out leaving his former teammate Duncan Ochieng, the Tusker FC keeper rooted to his spot.

The win has now given coach Sammy Omollo confidence that his side are strong title contenders.

In other matches, Mathare United picked up their third win of the season with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Kakamega Homeboyz.

Chris Onyango’s deflected strike proved the all-important goal. This was the Slum Boys’ first victory since late April.

The win pulls Mathare off bottom spot as they move to 17th, one spot above Muhoroni Youth who lost 3-2 at home to Sofapaka.

Francis Kimanzi, the Mathare United boss believes the win gives them renewed confidence as they battle to wade off the threat of relegation.

In Bungoma, Nzoia Sugar completed a double over soldiers Ulinzi Stars with a 1-0 win. Patrick Kwitonda struck late on as the sugar millers won their first match at their Sudi Stadium home ground this season.

KPL midweek results

Bandari 0 SoNy Sugar 0 (Mbaraki Complex, Mombasa), Muhoroni Youth 2 Sofapaka 3 (Muhoroni Complex), Nzoia Sugar 1 Ulinzi Stars 0 (Sudi), Posta Rangers 1 Tusker FC 0, Nakumatt 0 Gor Mahia FC 1 (Nyayo Stadium), Mathare United 1 Kakamega Homeboyz 0 (Ruaraka Complex), Thika United 1 Chemelil Sugar 0 (Thika Sub County Stadium), Western Stima 1 AFC Leopards 1 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Zoo Kericho 3 Kariobangi Sharks 2 (Kericho Green Stadium).