Stand-in K’Ogalo coach Zico gets rude welcome after astonishing defeat at Kinoru Stadium.
Stand-in Gor Mahia coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno received a rude welcome after his side lost 2-0 to Sofapaka in Sunday’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match at Kinoru Stadium.
Otieno took over last Thursday after Brazilian Jose Marcelo quit in a huff. Marcelo has since joined Slovakia’s FK Tirana.
Goals from Ezekiel Okore in the 13th minute and Timothy Luda’s effort in the 50th minute were enough to hand Gor Mahia their biggest league defeat this season.
It was the early goal that set tone for Sofapaka to pick all three points. Although they conceded early in the match, it was Gor Mahia, who were more aggressive.
Two free kicks in quick succession, just before the half hour mark, proved Gor’s determination to get something before the break.
First, Timothy Otieno’s 22nd minute effort from 18 yards out was easily dealt with by Mathias Kigoya in the Sofapaka goal. Then in the 27th minute, Kenneth Muguna had a chance to score from a dead ball, but his effort veered off target.
On resumption for the second half, Sofapaka upped the tempo and moments later, they added their second.
Moments later, Gor Mahia were reduced to 10 men after captain Musa Mohammed was sent off. From then on, everything went wrong for the former KPL champions.
Following the loss, Gor Mahia are second on the log with 27 points.
At Mumias Stadium, Kakamega Homeboyz and Zoo Kericho drew 3-3 in a six-goal thriller. Keiphas Mutuu was the hero of the day after he scored a hat-trick for Homeboyz.
His first goal was in the fifth minute.
His second came in the 13th minute and his third in the 44th minute. Zoo were lifted by goals from Geofrey Gichana in the seventh minute, Isaac Kipyegon in the 32nd minute Andrew Ongwae in the 43rd minute.
At Machakos Stadium, defending champions Tusker were held to a barren draw by new comers Kariobangi Sharks.
Tusker will be happy with the point as it pushed them back to the top of the log on 28 points. In Nakuru, Ulinzi Stars drew 1-1 with Sony Sugar.