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Harrison makes winning start at Gor, Sofapaka end winless streak

FOOTBALL By Washington Onyango | August 4th 2021
Coach Gor Mahia FC’s Harrison Mark and assistant Coach Samuel Omollo after playing against Kakamega Homeboyz during FKF Premier league match at Thika Stadium. Aug 4, 2021. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

New Gor Mahia head coach Mark Harrison on Wednesday made a winning start after guiding the defending champions to a narrow 1-0 win over Kakamega Homeboyz in a tight midweek FKF Premier League match played at Thika Stadium.

Harrison, 60, was unveiled on Monday as the new K’Ogalo coach to fill up the gap left by Portuguese tactician Manuel Vaz Pinto who parted ways with the club recently on mutual consent.

After overseeing Gor as they played AFC Leopards in a friendly match at Camp Toyoyo last weekend, the Englishman took charge of the defending champions for the first time officially at Thika.

Expected to turn around the misfortunes crumbling the mighty Gor on the pitch, the former English Premier League player (Southampton and Stoke City) indeed started his tenure with a win just as he had promised.

Sydney Ochieng scored the winner as the record Kenyan champions ended a seven-match winless streak.

In Ruaraka, Sofapaka ended their five match winless run after narrowly edging out Nzoia Sugar 1-0 in a tight match that witnessed a red card.

Kevin Juma was given his marching order in the 74th minute after receiving his second yellow card of the match.

Cornelius Juma had given the 2009 champions the lead in the 48th minute after a goalless opening half, a goal that stood till full time and granting Sofapaka all the maximum points.

Gor Mahia FC’s Fred Nkata (left) and Shami Mwinyi of Kakamega Homeboyz during FKF Premier league match at Thika Stadium. Aug 4, 2021. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Sofapaka moved to 13th with 33 points after the win, 13 points above the relegation zone as Nzoia remained two place above the drop zone in 14th with 26 points.

in a 1-0 victory over Kakamega Homeboyz.

Wednesday FKF-PL Results

Kariobangi Sharks 3-2 Mathare United

Sofapaka 1-0 Nzoia Sugar

Western Stima 0-2 KCB

Bandari 2-1 Tusker

Gor Mahia 1-0 Kakamega Homeboyz

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