Second tier team, Nzoia sends Gor packing off GOtv Shield

By alex wafula
Aug 28, 2021
  • Francis Kahata missed one of the chances as Gor Mahia fired blanks against Nzoia United. (SNA File Photo)

Edgar Nzano’s penalty in the first half was the difference as Nzoia United knocked out Gor Mahia from the GOtv Shield at the last 16 stage at the Mumias Sports Complex on Sunday evening.

The 10-time champions were not the only Premier League side sent out packing as Thika United suffered a 1-0 loss at home to KCB.

Defending champions Bandari progresed to the quarters after a hard-earned 1-0 win over second tier side Bidco United while Kariobangi Sharks also got a ticket into the next stage with a similar score-line over hosts Modern Coast Rangers.

But Gor will be licking their wounds although the result was expected becauuse of their poor form leading to the fixture. Jose Marcelo Ferreira, Gor’s Brazilian coach could be under pressure. He axed goalkeeper trainer Mathew Ottamax just before their trip to Mumias for ‘breaking the rules’.

Gor Mahia have been unconvincing in their last five matches, despite showing a few flashes in the second half when they attempted to fight back from a goal down.

Nozia, unbeaten in the second tier National Super League looked unperturbed and played without fear, just as coach Bernard Mwalala promised before the game. They should have led in the eighth minute  but Brian Yakhama couldn’t get a good shot on goal after doing well to beat his markers with pace.

Former Muhoroni forward Masita Masuta also had a chance after turning Luke Ochieng inside out on the left, but his eventual shot couldn’t trouble Boniface Oluoch in the Gor goal.

Enock Agwanda who was preferred in striking ahead of Meddie Kagere had two chances for K’Ogalo but couldn’t score.

Kahata slow to react

In the 16th minute, Agwanda was fed with a superb through pass by Francis Kahata but was too slow to react allowing Nzoia keeper Benson Mangala to slide in and sweep the ball away with his feet. T

en minutes later he raced onto another long ball, but his attempt to head over Mangala was futile as the keeper picked the ball easily airborne.

Nzoia’s resilience finally paid off when Nzano swept in a sweetly taken penalty after Ernest Wendo blocked Peter Gin’s shot from the edge of the box with his arms.

Gor had a double chance to make amends in the 41st minute but failed to unlock the Nzoia backline. Luke Ochieng pounced on a ball dropped by Nzoia keeper Mangala from a Kahata corner, but his eventual shot was cleared on the goal line.

Kahata floated the cleared ball back into the area but Harun Shakava’s header went over.

In the second half, Gor started better and Jacques Tuyisenge who had been silenced all through the opening half came close twice with headers going over.

Nzoia were forced to play on the back foot with K’Ogalo piling the pressure. Coach Marcelo then made two subs, removing two of his defensive shields for an attacking plan.

Defensive midfielder Ernest Wendo paved way for winger Baron Oketch whole right back Ochieng was pulled out for Kagere with Marcelo instructing youngster Amos Nondi to operate as a wingback.

Despite throwing more punch in attack, Gor were almost caught off on the counter with 15 minutes left but thanks to poor finishing from Yakhama, they remained in contention.

Substitute Patrick Kwitonda broke the offside trap, racing on the right to slice in a low cross but Yakhama, son to former Kenyan international Nick Yakhama saw his effort hit the bar. But his team mates at the back ensured he was spared the blushes, defending in numbers and efficiently to see them pick the huge win.

GOtv Shield results

Friday: Tusker FC 3 Zetech University 0 (Nyayo Stadium).

Saturday: Ulinzi Stars 3 Chemelil Sugar 1 (Afraha Stadium), Western Stima 3 AFC Leopards 0 (Moi Stadium Kisumu).

Sunday: Modern Coast 0 Kariobangi Sharks 1, Bandari 1 Bidco United 0 (Mbaraki Complex), Nzoia United 1 Gor Mahia 0 (Moi Stadium Kisumu),Thika United 0 KCB (Thika Stadium).