Sunday, 9 September 2012

The days of Mighty K`Ogalo are here with us

By Fred Maingi in Nairobi

Gor Mahia were made to struggle  before escaping with a narrow 1-0 win
over stubborn Sony Sugar in a thrilling and tension packed  Tusker
Premier League (TPL) tie staged  at a fully packed Nairobi City
  The  win has now hauled Gore Kogalo to second spot in the League standings.
The win has also put the league giants in prime position of the league trophy.
Gor has leaped to 43 points, just two shy of league leaders AFC
Leopards who are on 45 points .Defending champions Tusker who also
have their eyes set on defending their crown is third on the log with
41 points as the dash for the finish line continues in earnest.

Ugandan import Ivan Anguyo made all the difference for Gor on an
afternoon of immense frustration rising high to nod in a Moses
Odhiambo corner kick in the 81st minute.

That goal was like a magic bullet that injected life into thousands of
the ‘Green Army who are already spoiling for a fight with AFC Leopards
in the derby scheduled for September 23.
After the goal, the Nairobi city stadium erupted into chants of Ingwe
Ingwe as they dared their famed mashemeji for a rematch.

For Anguyo it was a well deserved goal and honour that won him the man
of the match award after bailing his team out at the hour of need.

Gor will however salute the disciplined and well organized Sony
defense that kept them at bay. Sony defender Alfred Onyango was
particularly outstanding all through. He withstood the pressure time
and again foiling attempt after attempt by the marauding K’ogalo

The first half had been a one way traffic as Gor keen to get an early
goal dominated in possession but could not find the target. Chance
after chance continued to present itself but there was no real threat
to Sony’s keeper Collins Oduor .
    Danger man Rama Salim fired the fist salvo just five minutes into
the game combining neatly with playmaker Moses Odhiambo, but his
feeble short went off target.

Sony Sugar’s  only  chance in the first half came  through rookie
striker Enock Agwanda  who broke into a run from along pass
out-sprinting his marker Donald Mosoti but  his ferocious shot failed
above the  cross bar. Agwanda could have found the target in the 75th
minute with a timely bullet header which Gor’s custodian Jerim Onyango
safely nabbed.

Moses Odhiambo also showed his intent for Gor with just seven minutes
left before the break with a 25yard drive landed straight into Sony’s
keeper’s Collins O
duor’s hands.

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