K'Ogalo maul Sharks in Kisumu, open 15-point gap at the summit

By Rodgers Eshitemi: Wednesday, August 1st 2018 at 22:56 GMT +3 | Football
Eric Kapaito (left) of Kariobangi Sharks challenges Gor Mahia's Bernard Ondiek in a league match yesterday, in Kisumu. [www.sportpicha.com]

Who will really stop Gor Mahia in their hunt for an unprecedented 17th SportPesa Premier League title?

The run-away league leaders continued their unerring march to back-back league title yesterday with a convincing 3-0 victory over Kariobangi Sharks in Kisumu.

Despite having congested fixtures, it seems stopping Gor Mahia at this very moment is impossible.

The playing-unit looks to have created a chemistry, never say-die attitude and team spirit that could push them to another invincible year.   

The unbeaten K’Ogalo took the lead in the 25th minute through Godfrey Shiveka’s own goal. The defender directed the shot into his own net while trying to clear Francis Kahata’s attempt.

Late second half goals from Kevin Omondi and Lawrence Juma sealed victory for the high-flying Gor.

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The victory saw K'Ogalo, who have three games in hand, take their points to 55, 15 head of second-placed Sofapaka.

Whether congested or not, Gor mean business as they immediately flew back to the capital last night ahead of Saturday’s league tie against Nakumatt in Machakos.

But with no doubt, coach Dylan Kerr’s tactical prowess, squad management and magical words seem to be a silent driving force for Gor.

“We have a tight schedule and our attention is now on league matches. The journey is long and we will continue with our progressive way of doing things,” said the Briton before yesterday’s match.

Meanwhile, the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) are planning to review their calendar of events to match that of Confederation of African Football (Caf) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa).

According to the regional football body's Secretary General Nicholas Musonye, the realignment will begin next year with the Kagame and Senior Challenge Cup tournaments.

Traditionally, Kagame Cup is held in July, while the Senior Challenge is staged in December.

"We are likely to change our calendar of events and dates of both Kagame and Senior Challenge to confirm with Caf and Fifa," said Musonya.

"We have a committee that is already working on this to ensure the conformity is well designed and avoids clashing with other competitions." 

"We want Kagame Cup to help our clubs compete well in Champions League and Confederations Cup. We might play our last Senior Challenge Cup in the current format this year."

Musonye further confirmed Kenya as hosts of the 2018 Senior Challenge Cup, for the second year running.

"We have already communicated to the Kenyan FA and they are working on the dates. We will harmonise and start preparing for the tournament."