Tuyisenge late goal drowns Sony resistance, fan trouble in Mumias

By alex wafula
Apr 24, 2021
  • Jacques Tuyisenge is shielded by team steward in a previous match. He scored a late goal against Sony Sugar. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Rwandese striker Jacques Tuyisenge once again showed what Sh4million can exactly get a club.

In his third start for the club, the Amavubi skipper stung in the 87th minute as Gor Mahia beat a stubborn Sony Sugar 1-0 at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

Tuyisenge has now scored four goals for Gor in as many matches, three of them being match winners and this justifies the hefty pay perk Gor had to bear to lure him from Rwanda’s Police to the 15-time defending champions.

Salim Babu’s side who won their first match of the season last weekend against neighbors Chemelil had hoped to extend their positive run against an equally limping Gor. They had managed to put up a superb defensive structure to frustrate K’Ogalo’s forays.

A decent team move by Gor saw Tuyisenge race for a ball wide on the left with the Rwandese swinging in a cross that was hugely missed by Ronald Omino racing into the box. Gor continued to pile the pressure forward with Walusimbi and Omino doing most of the work on the wings.

Tuyisenge came close on the half hour mark but his header from an Abouba Sibomana cross went wide. Sony had minimal movements going forwad and they only came close with a freekick from the left that sailed wide.

At the start of the second half, Gor Mahia tactician Jose Marcello Ferreira pulled out Sibomana for youngster Erick ‘Marcello’ Ouma. Three minutes in, Gor won a freekick at a good goal scoring range, but Jacques Tuyisenge hit wide.

The onslaught continued and George Odhiambo missing a good chance with only the keeper to beat while Karim Nzigiyimana had a freekick being cleared before finding the target. In the 65th minute, Ferreira made his second sub, with Francis Kahata coming in for Godfrey Walusimbi with Jacob Keli also joining the party in the 75thminute for midfielder Erick Ochieng.

Two minutes after coming onto the pitch, Keli had a chance to endear himself to the Gor fans who still harbour hard feelings after his penalty miss in the 0-0 draw with Ushuru two weeks ago but he failed to score one-on-one with the keeper.

Gor kept the pressure and their insistence paid off with three minutes left, Tuyisenge finding the back of the net.

 The win now sees Gor move to fifth on the league on 14 points, six shy of the leaders Tusker FC and Mathare United.

Hooliganism in Mumias

Hooliganism saw the match pitting AFC Leopards and Ulinzi Stars called off in the 80th minute. A section of AFC fans threw projectiles into the pitch to contest a penalty awarded to the military side after Churchill Muloma was axed inside the box by Ramadhan Yakubu.

It was the third penalty referee Andrew Juma was awarding in the match, having given two in the opening ten minutes of the second half with AFC Leopards scoring through Kepha Aswani and the military side scoring through John Mark Makwatta.

It is alleged that one of the AFC Leopards stewards attacked the referee, prompting a section of the fans to throw stones and other projectiles forcing the game to stop.

Despite Ivan Minnaert, the AFC Leopards head coach and some players urging the fans to calm down, they could not let Makwatta take the penalty and ultimately, the ref was left with no decision but to call off the match.

Ulinzi Stars could be handed three pointsif their opponents are found guilty of causing the abandonment. The decision will be made after the Kenya Premier League management receive the match referee’s report. The matter will also be pushed to the disciplinary committee and more sanctions might be meted on the 13-time league champions.

The game had lived up to its pre-match expectation. Ulinzi came close several times in the opening half. Makwatta had a chance in the 17th minute but failed to connect with a decent Mark Bikokwa cross. The latter had a chance of his own going agonizingly wide after racing to meet a cross from Omar Mbongi.

There was a setback in the 25th minute for Leopards as they were forced into a sub, left back Andrew Diego who had just returned from injury being stretchered out. Clifton Miheso was forced to move down to left back, a position which he played as he started his career with Thika United. Lamin Diallo came in and took Miheso’s position upfield.

Two minutes into the second half, AFC Leopards were awarded a penalty after Bernard Ongoma was brought down by Omar Mbongi inside the box. Aswani stepped forward to send James Saruni the wrong way for the opener and his fifth of the season.

Ulinzi responded upping their attack and were awarded a penalty almost immediately, Cresten Mwanzo handling inside the box from an Omar Mbongi cross from the left. Makwatta stepped forward for the response.

Elsewhere, Sofapaka snapped their eight match losing streak with a 1-0 win over Nairobi City Stars at the Nyayo Stadium. Goalkeeper turned striker Barnabas Tiema scored the all important goal in the second half, flicking in a cross from Wycliffe Opondo.

At the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Bandari suffered a 2-0 loss to Western Stima via goals from Baron Oketch and Fred Nyarombo.