Gor youth ready to turn April tears into August joy

By alex wafula
Aug 26, 2021
  • Gor Mahia Hillary Ojwang in action against Ushuru in the semi-finals. They play Mathare United in the final. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Mathare United's John Mwangi against Posta Rangers' Eric Onyango in one of the Pool matches. They face Gor in the final. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Gor Mahia who lost to the eventual champions Ulinzi Stars in the semis of the April edition of the 2016 Kenya Premier league under-20 championship have a chance to win the diadem when they face Mathare United in this year’s final.

Maurice Onyango, the Gor Youth coach is not ready to lose for a second time. “We want to go one better and take the trophy. We have worked hard enough to warrant a place in the finals and achieve our dream. It is now time to actualize what we have always hoped for, the trophy,” Onyango told Sports News Arena.

The team has had a positive run in the tournament having lost only once, a shock 3-2 defeat to Sony Sugar in their second group match having won the opener 3-1 against Ushuru. They qualified for the last eight by beating Muhoroni Youth 2-1.

In the knockout stages, a 2-1 win over AFC Leopards earned them a berth in the semi finals where they completed a double over Ushuru, winning 2-0 having earlier beaten them in the group.

“This time round we had a very good team and scouted well. The boys have shown what they can do in the run up to the final and I believe we will carry the day on Friday,” Onyango added.

But he comes up against a Mathare United side playing high pressure and attractive football, under the tutelage of former senior team coach Gabriel ‘Kingi’ Njoroge. The experienced tactician has spent the years nurturing talent at the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA).

Mathare came off the groups unscathed, winning all their three matches without conceding a single goal. They beat Bandari and City Stars with an identical 1-0 score and Western Stima 3-0.

In the knockout stages, they went through both matches on post match penalties after 1-1 draws in regulation time. They beat Posta Rangers 5-3 in the quarters and Homeboyz 3-1 in the semis.

“It has been a tough run and finally going into the final is something great. It is not easy but hopefully, we can complete the job we started.” the tactician offered.

The winner takes home Sh750,000 while the second placed side gets Sh500,000.

Earlier on Thursday, Ushuru won bronze after beating last year’s finalists Homeboyz 4-2 on post-match penalties after a two all draw in regulation time.