Gor Mahia strolled to a 2-1 victory over Kariobangi Sharks in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) encounter at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos yesterday thanks to goals from January recruits Samuel Onyango and Ephrem Guikan.
K’Ogalo jetted back in the country on Friday from their CAF Champions League match in Equatorial Guinea and the journey travails became evident very early in the game. They were gratefully in front when their legs gave in and their pedigree saw them through later in the game.
Midfield signing from Ulinzi Stars Onyango scored his second league goal for Gor in the 10th minute after a short dribble from the right paved a clear sight on goal. The 26-year-old then unleashed a furious shot that beat Kariobangi Sharks custodian John Oyemba.
Sharks were level 12 minutes later when a howler by experienced Gor goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch gifted Bolton Omwenga a place in the score-sheet. Makeshift sweeper Philemon Otieno had brought Patila Omoto down just outside the 18-yard area and referee Davies Omweno awarded Sharks a free kick.
The Sharks left-back lashed in a low shot which Oluoch seemed to have gathered only for the ball to roll through his legs and into the net.
The leveller emboldened Sharks who bossed the midfield as Gor looked not just jaded but lost. Sharks’ dominance stretched to half-time when Omoto’s long range strike cannoned off the cross bar and Gor were lucky to be level at the breather.
In an earlier match at Kenyatta Stadium, Mathare United’s bright start to the season stretched into match day four when the 2008 league winners thumped a fancied Sofapaka 3-1 with goals from Francis Omondi, Chrispin Oduor and Edward Seda.
Omondi opened the scoring after 19 minutes from the spot with a neat take after Edward Seda was fouled. Mathare were cruising as the prolific Oduor added a second 10 minutes later with what is so far goal of the season as he found the back of the net with a thunderous strike from centre of the pitch.
Sofapaka goalkeeper Mathias Kigonya cut Mathare’s two-goal cushion by scoring from the spot just before half-time. But hopes of a Sofapaka recovery in the second period were put to bed by Seda after 64 minutes as the midfielder scored Mathare’s third goal.
Elsewhere, AFC Leopards won their first game of the season, beating Ulinzi Stars 2-1 at Thika municipal stadium as Zoo Kericho also registered their first victory of the season with a similar scoreline over a woeful Thika United in Kericho.