Watch out for us, warns Muhoroni coach after his team upset Gor

Feb 23, 2012
  • Gor Mahia in a past KPL match against KCB. Gor lost 1-0 to newcomers Muhuroni Youth Wednesday.

Muhoroni Youth coach Alfred Imonje’s profile has suddenly been thrust into the limelight following the Wednesday's 1-0 upset over Kenyan Premier League giants Gor Mahia at the Nyayo National Stadium.

When asked during the post-match press conference how his team managed to stage a coup over K’Ogalo, Imonje quipped:

“I am one of the most experienced coaches in the country and presently the national team coach of Somalia.”

Gor might have approached the floodlit fixture with a pedestrian attitude hoping to steamroll the league debutants, but unbeknown to them, behind the scenes, Imonje had been painstakingly plotting the top guns’ downfall.

“Before the match, I told my boys to ensure they don’t concede a goal within the first 20 minutes. I knew if we held off Gor for long, the fan’s pressure would shift from us to them”, the veteran coach said.

Following their coach’s instruction to the letter, Muhoroni’s collection of nondescript players more than held off Gor.

Inspite of a glut of chances in the first period for the home side, it remained scoreless at the break. “In football, wasted chances are lost opportunities. Though Gor dominated us in the first 45 minutes, their failure to score gave us some self belief. We knew we could spring a surprise on them”, Imonje revealed.

The fatal sting in the tail was delivered in the 53rd minute through Geoffrey Simiyu who raced to a long ball and beat Ivo Mapunda, between the sticks for Gor, with a perfect stroke of the ball.

Collins Okoth’s missed penalty, with practically the last kick of the ball, was the final nail in Gor’s coffin. So, one down how many more to come?

“We are working hard to ensure that we win as many much as possible before the other teams settle down. My target is a top 8 finish on our debut season”, added the Muhoroni coach.

Though the team will have little time to celebrate their giant-slaying act, Imonje has thrown down the gauntlet on local rivals Chemelil Sugar. The two teams clash on Sunday in Muhoroni in what should be an explosive encounter.

“Expect fireworks on Sunday. It’s going to be a rare Muhoroni derby. Chemelil has been in the league for a long time but we are finally here to challenge them”, Imonje said.

Meanwhile, a crestfallen Gor coach Anaba Awono graciously conceded defeat but rued his team’s complacency.  

“Muhoroni is a young team that is eager to prove a point. I warned my players to approach the match cautiously. We wasted numerous chances which came to haunt us”, the Cameroonian coach said.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia will have to wait a little bit longer to settle scores with Ferroviario de Maputo of Mozambique in the first round, return leg of the CAF Confederations Cup.

The match, initially scheduled for March 3, has now been pushed back to March 10 on Ferroviario’s request.

According to Kenyan Premier League website,  the Mozambican team has appealed to Caf for a change of date to give them enough time to reassemble because most of the players will be involved in the national team’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying away tie against Tanzania on February 29.

Caf headquarters subsequently granted Ferroviario the request to push match in Nairobi to March 10.

Gor lost the first leg in Maputo 3-0 but are hopeful of overturning the result to progress to the next round.

Speaking to on Wednesday night after a KPL match against Muhoroni Youth at the Nyayo National Stadium, coach Anaba Awono said the tie against Ferroviario is not a lost course.

“Anything can happen in 90 minutes of football. We will do our best to produce a credible result when we host Ferreviario in Nairobi”, Anaba said.

The new development has forced KPL to in turn reschedule Gor’s Top 8 clash with arch rivals AFC Leopards that was initially slated for March 7.

The KPL secretariat on Wednesday clarified that adjustment to the “Top 8” dates on its calendar may have to be made and published later. 

Nesta Kizito

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