Monday, 20 August 2012

Gor Mahia clinch KPL top eight trophy

By Fred Maingi in Nairobi

  It was joy and celebrations in the streets of Nairobi, after  Kenya
glamour team Gor Mahia clinched this years Kenya Premier League (KPL)
organized Top 8 Trophy after trouncing defending Champs Ulinzi Stars
2-0 at the 60,000 seater Moi Sports centre Kasarani.
Sam Nyaweya:Presented trophy to Gor
 Apart from the glittering trophy,Gor Mahia earned a  whooping
Kshs.1,000,000(Equivalent to $11,765).Football Kenya Federation(FKF)
Chairman Sam Nyamweya handed the glittering trophy to Gor Mahia
captain Jerim Onyango amid thunderous  cheers.The tournament that
started two months  ago comprised of the top eight clubs that
finished in that order last season.
The match winner was determined after extra time after both teams
drew 0-0 in the regulation 90 minutes. The two month
     Goals by Rama Salim on 93 minutes and Itubu Imbem on 104th min
did all the damage sending the capacity crowd to frenzy.

Ulinzi were winners in 2011, meaning Gor are the second side in the
history of the competition to win the trophy which begun last season.
 Jubilant Gor Coach Logarusic Dravco said Ulinzi gave a good
account and felt the lost penalty destructed their fighting spirit.” I
am happy we won it, but we didn’t play our style.This is our
fourteenth official game that we have played without losing. Credit
goes to our way of training and the bench-power. We are now dangerous
in all areas; defense, midfield and striking.”Observed  him.

  Ulinzi Stars will have to blame themselves though, as they wasted a
penalty in the first half, with Anthony Nderitu's effort being saved
by Gor captain Jerim Onyango.

Gor on the other hand took their chances and on the balance of play
were deserved winners.

    Extra totally belonged to Gor, as they scored within three minutes
of resumption, Salim's header being fumbled by Jacktone Odhiambo,
though television replays showed that the ball did not cross the line.

Gor add the Top 8 to the FK Cup, of which they are the current holders.
   Ulinzi  Stars Coach Sammy Simiyu praised his charges despite their
0-2 defeat to Gor Mahia.
“Gor deserved to win the trophy. We played very well but failed to
utilize the many chances we created; they got only two and made good
use of them, said Simiyu after the match.Nderitu is a quality and an
experienced player, who has been taking penalties, but I think today
was not his day.”Observed Nderitu.
 In other KPL matches, Western Stima bounced back to their winning
says with an impressive 3-0 victory over Karuturi Sports, on Sunday 19
August, at Bukhungu Stadium.
 Fredrick Shimonyo put the hosts ahead in the 13th minute, scoring
off a rebound from Job Omusse’s effort.
In the 71st minute, Hudson Muhako got his name on the
score-sheet-successfully converting a penalty-kick after Karuturi
defender handled the ball in the area.
Two minutes later, second half substitute Victor Majid could have
pulled a goal back for the visitors but his shot hit the wood-work.

Harambee Stars trialist Ali Bai made the scoreline even far bigger
after netting the third goal on 79th minute beating keeper Michael
Wanyika with a tricky shot.
The loss saw Karuturi drop down to the tenth spot on the log, four
points behind seventh placed Stima.
Elsewhere, 2008 KPL Champions Mathare United were held to a 1-1 draw
by Muhoroni Youth at the latter’s playground.
Muhoroni had the earliest of intents in the tie but had to wait till
the 16th minute to go 1-0.
Central defender Gregory Nyapala rose high up to connect to an Elly
Otuoma corner kick. The lead lasted 16 minutes and Muhoroni failed to
deal with a melee after Mathare United took a free kick.
Jesse Were, now Mathare’s best bet for goal leveled the score with his
seventh strike of the season.

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