Gor Mahia suffered a shock elimination from the GOtv Shield Cup after going down 6-5 on penalties to Bandari in a fiercely fought match at the Thika sub-county Stadium yesterday. On a day when four round of 32 matches were decided on post-match penalties with Gor and National Super League (NSL) side KCB among the casualties.
In contrast, lady luck smiled on defending champions Tusker who needed John Muchiri’s lone strike at Kinoru Stadium in Meru to dispatch hard-fighting NSL side Palos thus booking a place in the pre-quarter-finals.
In Thika, it was an anti-climax for Gor who had been restricted by Bandari to a 1-1 stalemate in the normal time before losing on the penalty lottery to the disappointment of their travelling fans. Bandari’s new sensation Cosmas Junior gave the dockers the lead in the ninth minute with Gor left to chase the game which yielded an equaliser, sending the game into penalties.
But Bandari had other ideas when they made a tactical change by pulling out first choice goalkeeper Wilson Oburu for Joseph Okoth who saved two of Gor’s penalties. In a match played in Meru before Tusker took on Palos, little-known Savannah advanced after pipping Taqwa 2-1.
At Camp Toyoyo grounds in Jericho, Wazito FC scrapped through to the next round after a controversial 4-3 post-match penalties win over fellow NSL side KCB. KCB felt hard done by the second assistant referee who they claim signalled for a “suspect” Wazito equaliser by Dennis Gicheru in the 80th minute to stand, which sent the game into penalties after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation time.
KCB had scored first through Ousman Louis in the 62nd minute before surrendering the lead to Wazito and which was disputed by KCB. “It’s not my nature to complain over how matches are handled, but I am too disappointed with the match official who messed up the game by letting a goal that never was to stand,” said KCB coach Leonard Saleh.
KCB should, however, blame themselves for failure to bury the match early enough after missing open chances through Chris Onyango, Ronald Okoth and Kennedy Owino. Incidentally, both teams square it out at the resumption of the NSL on Wednesday which will give KCB ample time to inflict revenge.
Meanwhile, Vihiga United eliminated Ushuru 4-3 on spot kicks after both teams settled for a barren draw after 90 minutes as Nzoia Sugar also needed spot kicks to bundle out stubborn hosts Coast Stima 5-4 at Mbaraki ground after both teams had settled to a barren draw in the regulation time.