Unpaid allowances could not stop Gor Mahia from beating Chemelil in Kisumu

By alex wafula
Sep 15, 2021
  • Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge (centre) celebrates one of his two goals with teammates Meddie Kagere (left) and Innocent Wafula. (Photo Courtesy)

Despite boycotting training since their weekend win against Nzoia United because of unpaid allowances, Gor Mahia were still able to beat Chemelil Sugar 3-0 on Thursday in a Kenya Premier League match in Kisumu.

Musa Mohammed, the team's captain downplayed the 'administrative' issue and explained the focus was on winning their remaining matches as they chase the league title.

“I wouldn’t want to dwell so much on that issue because it is more administrative now. We are glad that we came out, played and won convincingly. I am hoping things can be sorted out before the weekend but our focus remains to win our matches and fight for the league title,” skipper Mohammed said.

The 3-0 win saw Gor Mahia open a nine-point lead at the top of the 18-team table.

In this match, Jacques Tuyisenge scored twice in the first half with Kenneth Muguna adding the third in the second half.

Gor showed a decent performance, despite missing two of their key players among them, defender Harun Shakava, who was suspended after accumulating five yellow cards while right wingback Karim Nizigiyimana was still nursing an injury.

Defensive midfielder Ernest Wendo returned after recovering from a bout of malaria but sat the bench.

A perfect start by Gor saw Tuyisenge and Meddie Kagere threaten the Chemelil backline with their incisive runs.

The early pressure bore fruits in the 22nd minute when Tuyisenge beat Adira one on one after racing on to a George Odhiambo through ball.

A minute to the break, Tuyisenge completed his brace with his ninth goal this season, by flicking the ball over after Kagere had flicked on a cross for him at the edge of the six yard box.

Tuyisenge was subbed at the start of the second half. He appeared to struggle from a knee injury he picked over the weekend. Francis Kahata took his spot.

Chemelil struggled to create chances

Gor continued to dominate while Chemelil struggled to create chances. Muguna put the match to bed in the 63rd minute with a simple finish past Jairus Adira after being put through by Kagere.

K’Ogalo travel back to Nairobi and hope to resolve their match bonus row before taking on relegation threatened Thika United on Sunday.

In the meantime, Sofapaka’s chase was slowed down after losing to Ulinzi on Wednesday . On Saturday, the face Kariobangi Sharks at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Batoto ba Mungu will come up against a side which beat Mathare United 3-0 on Wednesday. 

The two sides have already met twice this season, the first meeting in the KPL ending in a barren draw while Kariobangi Sharks won 3-1 in the second meeting, a GOtv Shield quarter final tie.

“It was a disheartening loss but we got to learn the hard way. We now know how to tackle them better and I promise things will be different. The boys are hungry to perform and we want to get back up after dropping three points on Wednesday,” John Baraza, the Sofapaka assistant coach stated.

On Sunday before Gor tackle Thika United, Ulinzi Stars face Posta Rangers in another tricky match.

Ulinzi beat Posta Rangers 1-0 in the first leg, breaking Sammy Omollo’s unbeaten start to his campaign as Posta Rangers boss.

They meet on Sunday with contrasting faces of form. Posta Rangers are winless in their last six games while Ulinzi beat Sofapaka 2-1.

“It is a very tough match. We might have beaten Posta in the first leg, but it was an extremely tough game. We expect the same on Sunday because we know they have not been in good form and want to win,” Ulinzi’s Benjamin Nyangweso predicted.

Omollo remains optimistic

His opposite number Omollo is concerned with his side’s misfiring rate, having scored only three goals in their last five matches. He remains optimistic that the tough run of fixtures that will see them play four games in a span of seven days will derail their quest.

“At this moment there is nothing much we can do because every team has that problem. We have to concentrate mostly on recovery and their mental preparedness because that is the only way we can ensure we get something off Ulinzi,” Omollo offered.

Relegation-fighting Mathare United will take on defending champions Tusker FC at the Ruaraka Complex on Sunday.

Mathare’s campaign for survival suffered a major blow in midweek when they lost 3-0 to Kariobangi. They face a resurgent Tusker FC who won on Wednesday. Mathare United lost 0-2 to Tusker 2-0 in the first leg.

They sit a point off safety and coach Francis Kimanzi will be up against his former employers.

KPL weekend fixtures (Kick off 3 p.m. unless stated)

Saturday: Kariobangi Sharks v Sofapaka (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos).

Sunday: Posta Rangers v Ulinzi Stars (2 p.m.), Gor Mahia v Thika United (Thika Sub-County Stadium, 4 p.m.), AFC Leopards v Kakamega Homeboyz (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Bandari v Zoo Kericho (Mbaraki Complex), Chemelil Sugar v Nakumatt (Chemelil), Nzoia Sugar v Muhoroni Youth (Sudi Stadium), Tusker v Mathare United (Ruaraka Complex), Western Stima v SoNy Sugar (Moi Stadium, Kisumu).