Kenyan Premier League (KPL) leaders Gor Mahia gave away their lead five minutes from time to share spoils with Mathare United in a thrilling 2-2 draw played at Kenyatta stadium, Machakos yesterday.
The score-line is distinctly similar to K’Ogalo’s midweek stalemate with Chemelil Sugar in Kericho where Gor gave away another lead to draw. Yesterday, however, their lead was a solitary goal as opposed to midweek in which they threw away a two-goal cushion.
Granted that the affair between Gor and Mathare has always been feisty, the vulnerability K’Ogalo showed in the second half indicates a side finally cracking from their congested fixtures. Coach Dylan Kerr named a strong squad with Shaban Odhonji stepping in for the suspended Boniface Oluoch while Innocent Wafula maintained his position at right back.
Mathare had veteran defender George Owino missing and deployed Samuel Olwande and Johnstone Omurwa at the heart of defense with former Gor Mahia forward Cliff Nyakeya leading the lines.
The 2008 champions took the lead through Francis Omondi whose 16th minute free kick grazed Francis Kahata’s thigh on its way into the back of the net as Gor Mahia’s four-man wall cracked. Joash Onyango had fouled free-scoring Cliff Nyakeya on the edge of the ball causing the free kick.
Prior to that Kogalo had exercised dominance over their closest pursuer in the league who missed their vastly experienced skipper George Owino through injury. K’Ogalo were, however, back on level terms two minutes later through Tuyisenge who whipped in a penalty awarded from Omondi’s foul.
A cocktail of errors then allowed Gor to take the lead, first Mathare goalkeeper Robert Mboya failed to tame a fairly soft ball headed high by Meddie Kagere from Innocent Wafula’s cross. The veteran striker then collected Mboya’s spill over and sent in a shot which was feebly cleared from the line by Omondi.
The ball fortuitously fell to the lurking Tuyisenge who made no mistake and whipped in his second of the day. Twenty-one year-old midfielder Hassan Abdallah scored in both halves as Bandari sunk financially stricken Nakumatt deeper into relegation mires in the first league match played at Kenyatta stadium with a 2-1 score line.
At Ruaraka grounds, former Sony Sugar midfielder Boniface Muchiri scored against his old club in the 89th minute to give Robert Matano his second successive victory since taking over at Tusker.
Free scoring striker Pistone Mutamba netted the only goal in the second game played at Ruaraka as newbies Wazito trounced Sofapaka 1-0 to move further away from relegation zone. Nzoia Sugar also condemned Thika United to a 3-0 drubbing at Thika Municipal Stadium.