Tuyisenge scores twice as Gor beat ten-man Thika

By alex wafula
Apr 06, 2016
  • Jacques Tuyisenge hit a brace for Gor in their 2-1 in over Thika United on Wednesday.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Jacques Tuyisenge, Gor Mahia’s January Ksh.4million acquisition was a doubt to feature in the match against Thika United on Wednesday evening having picked up an injury last Saturday in the 3-0 win over Kakamega Homeboyz.

The Rwandese though braved up, turned up for the match and hit a brace as Gor came from behind to beat ten-man Thika 2-1 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Apart from Tuyisenge’s man of the match performance, Thika custodian Hamuza Muwonge’s red card in the 65th minute changed the match.

A lunge on Tuyisenge at the edge of the box saw the Ugandan shot stopper yellow carded and having earlier picked another caution for time wasting, he was sent for an early shower.

“I think we played well in the first half and everything changed after the red card. It is unfortunate because over the weekend we also had another red card and this is worrying for me,” new Thika coach James Nandwa told Sports News Arena after the match.

Even in the glory of his second win since taking over at Gor, Brazilian tactician Jose Marcello Ferreira, nicknamed Ze Maria was unimpressed with his charges.

“We didn’t play well today and I am not happy. It is good to win but how I love it is that we win and play well. The first half was not good and I was disappointed. We were better in the second half and that is how I want us to play,” the Brazilian, capped 46 times for his national team said.

Gor were unimpressive in the opening half and had Thika been more clinical, then they would have gone to the break with a healthy lead.

Gor now move upto sixth 

Mwinyi Kibwana’s superb solo effort in the 22nd minute gave Thika the opener, the midfielder having danced his way past three K’Ogalo players from a daunting run deep from his own half.

Ray Omondi missed a great chance for minutes later, taking too much time with the ball and being bullied off by Harun Shakava after a beautiful pass from Eugene Mukangula.

Gor had their first meaningful effort in the 29th minute, Enock Agwanda flushing a shot wide after some good work from Tuyisenge who won the ball in midfield, sprayed it out to George Blackberry Odhiambo who swung in a cross that the Rwandese put down for Agwanda to hit.

At the start of the second half, Ze Maria pulled out Agwanda and Blackberry for Jacob Keli and Francis Kahata respectively.

The move paid dividends, with Gor’s attacking flair changing. Eight minutes in, the defending champions were level. Tuyisenge scrambled the ball home from close range after the Thika defense had blocked Keli’s shot off the line.

After Muwonge’s red card in the 65th minute, Nandwa sacrificed striker Timothy Ludda for reserve keeper Eliud Emase whose immediate task was to stand behind a dangerous free-kick which he however collected with calm from Innocent Wafula.

Gor pressed using their numerical advantage and five minutes from time, Tuyisenge completed his brace with a powerful header from a Wafula cross.

Gor now move to sixth on the log with ten points, just four short of leaders Tusker FC. They will be facing Ushuru FC on Sunday and will hope to keep their new found form running.