Shimonyo double sinks Gor, Tusker break winless streak

By alex wafula
Apr 02, 2021
  • Fredrick Shimonyo scored two goals against Gor Mahia in Kisumu. (SNA. File Photo)

Fredrick Shimonyo’s second half double saw Western Stima come from a goal down to beat 15-time champions Gor Mahia 2-1 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday.

Before this match, Western Stima had only beaten K’Ogalo thrice times in 16 meetings, the last being a similar 2-1 result in 2013.

But Henry Omino, the Western Stima coach made good his vow of ensuring they break the hoodoo. They needed an inspired performance in the final 45 minutes.

“We learnt our lessons from last weekend when we lost against Sofapaka. We had chances, lost them and were punished. What also helped us today is that we watched Gor last weekend and knew their strengths. We knew they were dangerous on the wings and it was our strategy to cut that out. It worked,” Omino told Sports News Arena.

Gor suffered their first loss of the season after a perfect start that saw them win against Kariobangi Sharks and Zoo Kericho, both newly promoted sides.

The result now means the former champions stay third on the log with Bandari now remaining top at least for the next one week.

Jose Marcelo Ferreira, the Gor Mahia coach handed skipper Musa Mohammed a start after passing a late fitness test following a thigh strain.

Defender Joash Onyango also returned to face his former employers and started in central defense ahead of Wellington Ochieng.

Rwandese midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza was missing for the second consecutive time with a thigh problem and Kenneth Muguna was handed the opportunity to face his former side and played alongside Ernest Wendo in midfield.

Good start

Gor had a good start with Rwandese striker Jacques Tuyisenge breaking the deadlock from the penalty spot after 15 minutes.

The former champions continued to dominate and Timothy Otieno had a great chance to extend the lead from a Muguna pass but he could not beat the Western Stima keeper from close range.

Otieno found himself with another open chance early in the second half one on one with the keeper, but once again he could not find the right technique to bury the ball inside the net.

The powermen took the warning lights and turned the tide on their hosts. They were rewarded in the 67th minute when Shimonyo scored from the spot after substitute Herbart Kopany was axed inside the box.

K’Ogalo also upped the ante and came close just five minutes later but Muguna’s shot came off the upright.

Western Stima were lucky. Shimonyo took them into the lead nodding home from a corner, seeing Gor slump after some lapse in concentration.

Despite a late pressure, including Oliver Maloba hitting the post, Western Stima sustained the surge to pick the vital win.

Tusker pick first win

Elsewhere, Tusker FC picked up their first win by beating Chemelil Sugar 1-0 in Nakuru.

Ugandan Shafik Batambuze came to the brewers’ rescue, scoring the solitary goal from the penalty spot in the 44th minute.

“It is such a huge relief for us because even the confidence had faded out after a slow start to the season. We hope that this win will now spur us to the consecutive matches. It is just that small push of confidence we needed and as a team, we are glad to have come out of that poor spell,” Tusker skipper James Situma noted.

In Machakos, Sofapaka picked their second successive win by shocking 2008 champions Mathare United 2-1.

The three points move Batoto ba Mungu to fourth on the log. A George Maelo header in the 25th minute and an early second half goal from Humphrey Okoti gave Sam Ssimbwa’s men a 2-0 advantage.

A late surge by Mathare resulted in Tyson Otieno scoring a consolation in added time.

KPL Weekend results

Saturday: Kariobangi Sharks 0 Ulinzi Stars 1, AFC Leopards 2 Nzoia Sugar 1 (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Bandari 3 Muhoroni 0(Mbaraki Complex), Kakamega Homeboyz 1 Posta Rangers 1 (Mumias Complex).

Sunday: Tusker FC 1 Chemelil Sugar 0 (Afraha Stadium), Mathare United 1 Sofapaka 2 (Kenyatta Stadium Machakos), Sony Sugar 1 Thika United 0 (Awendo Stadium) Zoo Kericho 0 Nakumatt FC 2 (Kericho Green Stadium), Western Stima 2 Gor Mahia 1 (Moi Stadium Kisumu).