K’Ogalo break Mbaraki jinx

Afriyie scores a sclassic goal after Onyango had whipped home in the first half to force a rare concession from Bandari coach Mwalala

Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia ended their two-year winless run at Mombasa’s Mbaraki stadium with a 2-0 blanking of hosts Bandari on Sunday afternoon.

K’Ogalo’s last victory at the Mbaraki dates back to April 2017 when Innocent Wafula and Godfrey Walusimbi scored either side of Noah Abich’s equalizer for Bandari.

There were jitters heading into Sunday’s game owing to the off-field issues bedeviling Gor Mahia but a solid performance capped by two goals of highly professional nature eased fears.

Samuel Onyango, selected in place of absent skipper Kenneth Muguna broke the deadlock at the stroke of halftime with a fierce low shot that squirmed between Felly Mulumba’s legs and beyond Mike Wanyika’s full length dive.

Bandari failed to decisively clear their lines and the ball fortuitously fell to Gnamien Yikpe at the edge of box. The Ivorian spread the ball to his right where Onyango had room and time to collect and line up his shot without ado from the hosts backline.

Bandari had until then given as much as they got after starting stronger. Gor Mahia took their time getting up to speed and pounced in the 45th minute. The timing drew last Thursday’s memories when Charle Momanyi pounced when the clock hit 45 against kakamega Homeboyz.

Ghanaian Francis Afriyie then doubled K’Ogalo’s advantage two minutes into the second half with a spectacular volley after intercepting Willian Wadri’s pass to Fred Nkata. Afriyie surged towards the box and shrugged Mulumba off his before planting the ball in the net behind Wanyika who was off his line.

Wadri endured a hapless afternoon in Mombasa, hitting the woodwork twice and missing from the spot. Shaban Kenga won the penalty when Bernard Ondiek hacked him in the box in a late attempt to make a clearance but Boniface Oluoch in Gor Mahia goal saved the resultant penalty kick and a follow up from Wadri.

Custodian Boniface Oluoch

The score line could have stretched to three had Onyango been more clinical in front of an empty goal with two minutes left on the clock. The forward fluffed Lawrence Juma’s lovely pull back and rammed the ball on the crossbar when scoring seemed easier. A chance for bigger score line ebbed away but K’Ogalo wrapped three valuable points which is the difference with second placed Tusker.

 

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