Muhoroni shock Gor for Top 8 title amidst crowd trouble

By alex wafula
Oct 16, 2021
  • Muhoroni Youth stand in coach Tom Juma(in black) poses with the Top 8 Trophy.(Photo by Alex Wafula)

  • Gor Mahia match stewards try to calm their fans during their match against Muhoroni Youth.(Photo by Alex Wafula)

Crowd trouble overshadowed what was a historic moment for Muhoroni Youth who beat holders Gor Mahia 1-0 to lift this season’s Kenyan Premier League Top 8 title.

Centre referee Andrew Juma quickly whistled away to end the match after trouble erupted for the second time in the match, having had to restart following a stoppage of close to 15 minutes.

KPL CEO Jack Oguda told Sports News Arena that the matter will be referred to the Independent Disciplines Committee. Gor have already been docked three points this season for crowd trouble.

“It is a very serious issue and someone has to pay for it. The IDCC will make the decision after assessing the case,” Oguda said after the match.

A scuffle on the touchline between Gor Mahia trainer Sandro Fantoni and KPL official GMT Otieno prompted fans to break into the ground. Police were forced to use tear gas canisters to disperse the rowdy supporters.

The game had earlier been stopped in the 82nd minute after a section of Gor fans on the Russia stands started throwing projectiles into the ground protesting a change by Gor.

Jacob Keli had been brought on to try salvage Gor’s pride having gone 1-0 down courtesy to a Kennedy Rono goal, but the fans instead protested shouting ‘Jowi, Jowi’ demanding for Enock Agwanda.

Delayed crowning ceremony

Muhoroni were over the moon as they were handed the trophy in the dressing room, almost an hour after the storm had died down.

“We are very happy because this is the first time ever we are playing in a final and we have won. We thank God and the players have done their part,” Muhoroni Youth stand-in coach Tom Juma said after the match.

Rono sunk Gor hearts in the 63rd minute when the ball fell kindly on his path after Harun Shakava’s clearance came off a team mate.

The midfielder rounded off keeper Jerim Onyango before shooting into an empty net, sending the stadium to silence.

Gor will only have themselves to blame after losing chance after chance before Muhoroni scored in the second half.

Jacques Tuyisenge missed a sitter yards off goal after Meddie Kagere had worked hard to lay in a cross from the right. Kagere also missed an opportunity in the 10th minute when he shot meekly at Farouk Shikhalo from a Tuyisenge pass after the latter won the ball off Kevin Omondi. T

he defending champions continued dominating and they had another close chance with Musa Mohammed’s header unmarked inside the six yard box going awry.

Muhoroni’s first and only chance of the opening half came on the quarter hour mark from Samuel Ndung’u’s half volley after picking up a long ball which Jerim parried away. Kagere missed another sitter in the 21st minute when he headed over at point blank from a Tuyisenge cross.

Two minutes later, Shikhalo pulled off a great save to deny George Odhiambo who had broken into the box after a one-two exchange of passes with Amos Nondi. As the end of the half drew close, another chance opened up, this time left back Erick Ouma finding space upfront but his decision to cut the ball back to Tuyisenge was thwarted by Abdallah Mohammed.

With five minutes to go, Jose Ferreira, the Gor coach was forced into his first change, midfielder Ernest Wendo coming off injured and in his place came Ugandan international Godfrey Walusimbi.

Gor continued their dominance in the second half and Tuyisenge once again missed two decent twin chances within three minutes. His first effort after chipping the ball over an advancing Shikhalo went against the upright while his second opportunity with a diving header went wide.

Against the run of play, Muhoroni opened the scores and it would stand out to be the winning goal.

Gor tried to pump in the pressure to get the equalizer. Tuyisenge had another opportunity in the 71st minute after dribbling inside the box, but Mike Simiyu raced back to tackle and deflect the shot for a corner.

After resumption following the first break, Gor continued with the pressure and Baron Oketch who had come on for Francis Kahata had two shots from the left being well saved by Shikhalo.