All square between Gor Mahia and Tusker

By nesta kizito
Aug 01, 2021

Defending champions Tusker and Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia shared the spoils in a tense match that ended scoreless on Wednesday night at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Heading into the contest, eighth-placed Tusker badly needed the 3 points to improve their position on the table while Gor Mahia were hoping to extend their lead.

In the end neither team did the other any favours. Gor, however, consolidated their lead to eight points while Tusker remained none movers at position eight with 25 points.

In the absence of strike partners, Dan Sserunkuma and Rama Salim, who are pursuing professional deals abroad, Gor Mahia had to contend with a striking partnership of Kevin Omondi and Paul Kiongera.

The two gave the Tusker defence some problems but they found it difficult getting the goals. Gor's first clear-cut chance came after 23 minutes, but Tusker goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo did well to clear Innocent Mutiso's dangerous corner with Paul Kiongera lurking in the box.

Moments later Odhiambo made another two of the drawer saves to stop Edwin Lavatsa's goal bound shot.

First real chance

A second best Tusker then marshaled their first real chance, with former Mathare United teammates Jesse Were and Andrew Tololwa playing a delightful one-two but the latter, who is currently the league’s top scorer, failed to show his killer instincts.

The half-time break seemed to do Robert Matano's charges some good, as the brewers were clearly the better side in the second half. Ismael Dunga, Tololwa and Andrew Murunga all had clear-cut chances to finish off the game but a combination of below-par finishing and excellent saves from man of the match Fredrick Onyango kept the scores barren after regulation and stoppage time.

Onyango will particularly take the plaudits for two twice denying Were from point blank range in the 70th and 73rd minute.

Late in the game, Williamson brought in Anthony Gathu for Ivan Anguyo, Patrick Oboya for Innocent Mutiso and Moses Odhiambo for Lavatsa, but the changes failed to yield any positive results.

This result saw Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson losing his one hundred percent record, since taking over four weeks ago. The Scottish coach, however, remains unbeaten so far with three wins and a draw.