The vaunted bruising fight promised by Kakamega Homeboyz in Kisumu descended into anti climax on Thursday as Gor Mahia romped to a 3-0 victory and fortified their Kenyan Premier League title defense.
Homeboyz old boy Charles Momanyi drew the first blood on the stroke of halftime, poking the ball into the net following a prolonged goalmouth melee.
The Cleophas Shimanyula inspired visitors started resolutely, pinning K’Ogalo deep into their own half and coming close to score numerous times. However, a combination of alertness by Gor Mahia defense and Boniface Oluoch in goal coupled with poor last touch by Homeboyz attackers conspired to make Shimanyula eat his words.
Then K’Ogalo turned on the style after gradually growing into the game and deservedly took the lead going into halftime. Ghanaian forward Francis Afriyie then doubled K’Ogalo’s advantage nine after restart before a late Festus Okiring own goal piled Homeboyz woes.
On a day that Youth Team graduate Caleb Omija graced the bench to understudy the experienced Oluoch in goal and makeshift right-back Bernard Ondiek started his third match in the unfamiliar spot, Gor Mahia kept a fourth clean sheet in the league and opened a two-point gap at the top with two games still at hand.
After eight games in the league Gor Mahia lead the standings on 21 points, two ahead of Ulinzi Stars who have played ten matches and one further from third-placed KCB who have played nine matches.