GOR WIN SUPER CUP: K’ogalo beat Tusker to bag League prelude
FOOTBALL By Ben Ahenda | March 6th 2017
Gor Mahia wasted dozens of begging chances in the first half, but managed to beat Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker 1-0 to win the local season curtain raiser, the Super Cup trophy, at Afraha Stadium.
Rwandese international Jacques Tuyisenge converted the all-important goal in the 67th minute from a penalty after Tusker defender Samuel Olwande fouled Timothy Otieno in the box.
Taking the resultant kick, Tuyisenge sent Tusker custodian Duncan Ochieng the wrong way.
The Kenyan Premier League title, which kicks-off next weekend.
“It’s good to start well before the new season kicks off. And this time, we are determined to do better than last season. The result has proved that we are capable of doing better,” Gor’s Brazilian coach Jose Marcelo Ferera told FeverPitch after the match yesterday.
“It was a good one to a team that defeated us in all our matches last season,” he added.
Tusker failed to penetrate Gor’s rearguard featuring right full back Karim Nizigiyimana, left full back Joash Onyango stopper Musa Mohamed and sweeper Haron Shakava in most of their attempts upfront.
The only clear attempt Tusker made was in the 16th minute when Cliford Alwanga almost beat Gor custodian Boniface Oluoch, but he was quick to quell the situation.
Gor should have won the match in the first half by a big margin had left winger Godfrey Walusimbi and Baptiste Mugirineza utilised chances that came their way in the first quarter of the first half, only to be thwarted by superb goalkeeping by hawk-eyed Tusker custodian Ochieng.
Sensing danger, Tusker tactician George ‘Best’ Nsimbe benched defenders Olwande and Marlon Tangauzi and midfielder Cercidy Okeyo for Victor Ndinya and Martin Kizza and Jackson Macharia respectively, but the changes failed to alter the match tempo.
Nsimbe said they were going back to the drawing board to chart the way forward and see how to improve on that performance before the league kicks-off.
“That loss has come at the wrong time when we were geared for a positive start in the league. We have to go back to the drawing board to chart a way forward ahead of the league kick-off,” he said.
Meanwhile Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier said league matches could be played in triple headers in order to make up for lost time, occasioned by delayed start to the season.
“We might be forced to play double and triple headers when the league kicks off,” Rachier said.
FOOTBALL: Slow start for defending champions
For SportPesa Super 8 Premier League defending champions Kayole Asubuhi, this was not the kind of start they had envisioned, in the second edition of the league at Makongeni grounds at the weekend.
The reigning champions drew 1-1 against hosts Mokongeni. But the unexpected draw did not shake Kayole Asubuhi’s head coach Isaiah ‘Song’ Omondi, who said the league was like a marathon. —Erick Ochieng’
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