Gor beat Sofapaka, put champagne on ice

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia players join Samuel Onyango in celebrating his goal against Sofapaka during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on May 12, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, May 12 – Gor Mahia will only need five points off their last five games to claim a record 18th Kenyan Premier League title after they beat their closest challengers Sofapaka 2-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday to move 10 points clear top of the standings with four rounds of matches left.Second half goals from Samuel Onyango and Jacques Tuyisenge saw Gor complete the home and away victories over Batoto ba Mungu who they had also beaten 1-0 in Nakuru in the first leg. While a win over Chemelil Sugar on Wednesday will mean Sofapaka cannot mathematically catch them, third placed Bandari who have played two matches less can keep the pressure if they win their next two games.Coming into the tie, Sofapaka who have played a match less than Gor needed three points desperately if their hopes of pushing for the title would remain realistic, but they came short against a determined Gor side.Backed by a full to capacity Moi Stadium in Kisumu, Gor knew they were scenting victory and three points against their closest challengers would be the best gift to give their adoring fans.It was Sofapaka though who had the first chances of the game, midfielder Mohammed Kilume playing in a more advanced role citing shooting space twice, but both his efforts went over.Gor had the best chance of the game in the eighth minute when Tuyisenge was sent through on goal by Francis Kahata, but Sofapaka custodian Justin Ndikumana produced a brilliant double save to deny the Rwandese before the ball was humped out of the danger zone.They came even close in the 22nd minute when Kenneth Muguna was brought down at the edge of the box. The midfielder took responsibility himself and struck a brilliant effort over the wall, but the ball bounced inches off target.Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna advances as Sofapaka’s Dennis Odhiambo chases during their Kenyan premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 12, 2019Sofapaka’s chances were getting fewer with Gor Mahia limiting them in defense and in particular Joash Onyango taking keen charge of keeping John Avire at bay with the youngster tasked with getting in the goals in the absence of top scorer Umaru Kasumba.Avire had a chance after 35 minutes from a set piece almost 35 yards out, but his powerful shot went over with keeper Fredrick Odhiambo having his zone well covered.Gor went straight into business in the second half and nine minutes after the restart, Onyango put them ahead when he brust into the area before chipping the ball over Ndikumana.Muguna had been brought dowon in midfield but the referee played the advantage, the ball falling on Onyango who took responsibility despite a charging resistance from Faina Jacobs.Rattled, Sofapaka made a change with Ibrahim Kajuba coming in for Kilume. Sofapaka had their chances as they pushed Gor and they should have been level after 72 minutes when George Maelo swung in a brilliant cross from the right but Piston Mutamba’s diving header was wide.They were made to pay just two minutes later.All evening, Sofapaka’s long throws had been dealt with effectively by Gor and their insistence on them hurt as Gor went two up. Titus Achesa threw in long from the left, the ball was headed out before Kahata picked and sent Tuyisenge through.The Rwandese stormed into the area before rounding Ndikumana and slapping the ball into an empty net.Sofapaka were not about to go down without a fight and they continued pushing. Dennis Odhiambo had a chance late on when he headed goalwards from an Elli Asieche free kick but the ball was deflected for a corner.Baraza made another change bringing off Kajuba barely 20 minutes into the pitch and replaced him with Ronald Okoth. Nonetheless, nothing they could do in the final minutes could change the color of the game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img