After last weekend’s setback in Kisumu where Western Stima pulled a shocker on Gor Mahia with a win, it was striker Meddie Kagere who came to the rescue of former champions on the 67th with a cool finish against Kakamega Homeboyz in Nakuru today.
Going into the match with clear statistics of last season where Homeboyz denied the Gor Mahia maximum points in Kisumu, head coach Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira knew a win would help to ease the pressure at this early stage of the league.
Some changes were done to the starting line up as well as the bench with striker George Odhiambo starting in place of Timothy Otieno and midfielder Jean Batiste earning a starting role as well. Such a tough match it was with first half ending goalless though there were good efforts from both sides with Gor Mahia enjoying a bigger percentage of possession.
With second half rolling, Gor Mahia head coach made some changes which seemed to have brought some strength and changed the tempo of the game. Meddie Kagere came in for George Odhiambo while Francis Kahata replaced Jean Baptiste in the center-filed with Philemon Otieno coming later on for Jacques Tuyisenge.
A little push upfront paid off when defender Karim Nizigiyimana delivered a superb cross into the area for Kagere to finish off and that was all K’Ogalo needed to make the difference. Head coach Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ Fereira admitted it was a tough match and a win was necessary to boost his team’s morale.
“It was a tough match but I am happy for the victory after losing our last match against Western Stima in Kisumu. That's a win really needed,” said Ze Maria. That marked the third win for Gor Mahia after rounds of four and the team will be keen to maintain the good start into the season.