Substitute Diallo sinks Gor Mahia at Kasarani

By alex wafula
Mar 06, 2021
  • Lamin Diallo scored the winner for AFC Leopards. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Lamin Diallo came off the bench to score the winner in the 82nd minute as AFC Leopards beat rivals Gor Mahia 1-0 in the first of the 2016 Mashemeji derby at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday evening.

Gor would feel undone by the result especially after dominating the match creating numerous chances especially in the first half, but all went begging.

With the result, Ingwe maintain their unbeaten start to the 2016 season and spring to the top of the SportPesa-sponsored Kenya Premier League standings with 10 points from four matches.

Gor, have now lost a league match for the first time since 26th October 2014 when they lost out 3-2 to Sofapaka at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Pressure now mounts on coach Frank Nuttall who has only led the team to picking up three points in their first four matches and now sit 12th on the standings.

Last season, after four matches, K’Ogalo were on a 100% record and had scored 12 goals. At the same stage, they have only managed one this season. The absence of Meddie Kagere, Michael Olunga and Ali Abondo who shared 65 goals between them last season continually hurts them.

While Olunga and Kagere have moved on, Abondo is angling for a move to Ajax Cape Town in South Africa and has only returned to the country waiting on a response from the South Africans.

“It is a disappointing result, because we could have won this game in the first half. We played really well, you can’t take that away from the players but we need to convert those chances we get."

Gor had the lion’s share of chances in the opening half and even before Jerim Onyango could have a feel of the ball, Lucas Indeche on the other end had been kept busy.

The former Sony Sugar and Thika United shot stopper pulled another decent performance, further vindicating his call up to the national team. The keeper had to be alert in the second minute to tip away a dipping cross from Godfrey Walusimbi who had seen the keeper off his line.

Innocent Wafula had two chances in 1th and 17th minutes, first powering into the box through a forest of defenders before forcing Indeche into a superb one handed save. The second effort was more open, the former Chemelil Sugar man being put through by Francis Kahata but he pulled a shot too weak Indeche picked with ease.

Indeche denies Kahata

Indeche pulled off another decent save in the 20th minute, leaping to his right to palm away a freekick from Kahata.

AFC Leopards were handed an early blow, youngster Alfred Wekesa was injured after pulling a hamstring. The ex-Kakamega High School winger had been enterprising for Ingwe and on his first start wanted to work as hard to impress new coach Ivan Minnaert.

In his place, new signing Allan Katerrega was brought in and he changed the face of the game. Leopards had the first effort on target in the 31st minute, Jerim Onyango making a fine save from an Andrew Tololwa freekick.

A minute later, Katerega tested Jerim with a shot from distance which the keeper fisted away. Ten minutes to the breather, Simon Abuko had a chance to break the deadlock but he could not get a powerful connection on his weaker left foot from a Clifton Miheso cross.

At the start of the second period, AFC suffered another setback, left back Andrew Diego going off injured and Yussuf Juma taking his place. It turned out to be a see saw affair between the two sides both muscling up in midfield and limited in chances.

But with 20 minutes remaining, it was the visitors who upped the tempo, perhaps pushed on by the tens of chances Gor had lost. Leopards finally got the goal in the 82nd minute, Lamine Diallo tapping home unmarked inside the box after a beautiful delivery by Yussuf Juma.

The blue and white half of the stadium erupted into celebrations while the green and white side died down into deafening silence.

Elsewhere, Ulinzi Stars picked up their second win of the season beating Ushuru FC 1-0 at the Ruaraka Complex. John Mark Makwatta scored in the 52nd minute with a superb freekick after being brought down by David Otieno.

Robert Matano’s men are now the only side not to concede a goal this season. In Mombasa, Bandari FC won by a similar margin against visiting Sony Sugar who remain winless this season.

Sunday results: Gor Mahia 0 AFC Leopards 1, Ushuru FC 0 Ulinzi Stars 1, Bandari FC 1 Sony Sugar FC 0.