Gor Mahia has maintained the perch at the summit of the Kenya Premier League table after seeing the lads with a 2-0 win at Kenyatta stadium on March 3rd. We were yet to lose a game before today’s clash.
A cautious start into the match saw both teams play around the midfield and Gor Mahia might have had their first shot on target were it not for the assistant referee flag that waved down Meddie Kagere’s surge. Wellington Ochieng went down after a collision with Dan Guya when Gor right back seemed to be in fine position to deliver killer pass into the box who was anxious to prove his spot in the team.
Ochieng ws unlucky again when he was knocked down by Keegan Ndemi as the two went for a 50-50 ball. Wesley Onguso had to come in to replace Ochieng who was unable to continue with the match.
We later learnt that he broke his ankle.
Godfrey Walusimbi was redeployed to the right back while the former Sofapaka full back took charge of the opposite flank. David King’atua had to be attended by the medics when he was harshly tackled by Joash Onyango. Kingatua was rampant, and the Gor defense was busy terrorizing him wit tackles.
Meanwehile, Jacques Tuyisenge was denied by Faruk Shikhalo as the Rwandan looked in open space to score the opener. Shikhalo stopped Kagere’s fierce header to concede a corner and parried away again George Odhiambo’s corner. Shikhalo was just in business and was doing it well.
Onguso who was picked from the middle of the pack by Francis Kahata volleyed in a cross that deflected off Bandari captain and center back Felly Mulumba. Shikhalo was well beaten in goal. That was the first goal for Onguso in the league and first goal for Shikhalo to concede since joining Bandari and stamping his authority within the goal posts.
Shikhlo made Kagere wait for goal yet again when he stopped his low drive after the Rwandan was teed up from the midfield and entered the box from the left flank. It did take long before Kagere scored, beating the former Posta custodian who left his line to clear an on coming ball but the forward an easy tap in that saw the captain and the lads dub it offside
Bandari play a great game, we are proud of the lads, the weather was tight and game play was on point. Abdalla and Keegan had amazing runs as well as dribbles, and though Shikhalo lost his clean sheet, he well established great saves, one person who stood out was Fred Nkata, he was in fine form, the back line was Solid….and this is definitely a team in great shape.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Wellingtone Ochieng (Wesley Onguso,), Walusimbi Godfrey, Harun Shakava, Joash Onyango, Ernest Wendo, Philemon Otieno, Francis Kahata (Boniface Omondi), Jacques Tuyisenge, Meddie Kagere (Kevin Omondi,), George Odhiambo,
Unused subs: Fredrick Odhiambo, Samwel Onyango, Cercidy Okeyo Eliud Lokuwam.
Bandari Starting XI: Farouk Shikhalo (GK), Nicholas Mejja (Wycliffe Ochomo),, Fred Nkata, Dan Guya, Felly Mulumba, Anthony Wambani, Hassan Abdalla, Collins Agade, Shaban Kenga (William Wadri.), David Kingatua (Bonface Akenga ), Keegan Ndemi.
Unused subs: Joseph Ochuka (GK), Iddi Hassan, Siraj Mohammed, Wilberforce Lugogo.