Ugandan striker Juma Balinya scored a brace on his first start for Gor Mahia as the rampant Kenyan Premier League defending champions consolidated their position at the top with a thoroughly deserved 3-0 thrashing of Nzoia Sugar.
Balinya was at the right place to make instinctive amends for Samuel Onyango’s blocked effort that was split by Benson Mangala in Nzoia Sugar goal one minute before halftime.
Onyango timed a perfectly weighted cross into the box by Clifton Miheso hitting it first time straight at Mangala. The Ugandan had earlier been caught napping when another one of Miheso’s balls cannoned off the upright with the striker unable to react to gather the rebound.
With halftime in everyone’s mind Balinya took the chance to introduce himself to the KPL with his close range finish.
He got his second in the 64th minute when Onyango squared the ball into his path after a fine pass from skipper Kenneth Muguna had sent the latter hurtling down the right.Balinya exhibited great composure as he swept the ball into the roof of the net despite being on his way to the floor.
Muguna then pounced on Mangala’s poor handling to poke home the third and put the game to bed. Another fine work by the effervescent Miheso on the left was the Kenyan international unleash a fierce which was too hot for Mangala to handle.
The stricken Nzoia Sugar goalkeeper spilt the ball and a lurking Muguna pounced with terrific reflex to score from the six yard box. K’Ogalo could have registered a bigger scoreline but fate denied central defender Charles Momanyi twice. His headers from Muguna’s corners sailed just wide of the post.