By Fred Maingi
Rangers FC woes spiraled from bad to worse on Wednesday night after they lost their 12th match to Gor Mahia who hit them 2-1 in a hotly contested League match staged at the Nyayo National Stadium.The match was graced by among others Prime Minister Hon.Raila Odinga.
Despite the win, Rangers put up a brave fight especially in the second half where they reduced Gor to near amateurs. Former Gor Mahia duo of Baldwin Ngwa and overlapping defender Julius ‘Awilo”Owino gave Gor K’ogalo hectic moments forcing Goalkeeper Jerim Onyango to pull off several acrobatic saves.
Gor took the lead on 33rd minute through diminutive Victor Abondo who slammed home Moses Odhiambo’s short corner past Rangers custodian Victor Omondi.
Leading 1-0,Gor resumed the second half hoping to take over from where they left but found the going tough.Julius Owino leveled the score for Rangers in the 47th minute with a delicate lob that beat Gor Keeper Jerim Onyango.
After soaking a lot of pressure and hectic moments,Gor settled down briefly after making several changes.A counter attack on 54th minute saw Gor lift up their head up with the match winner after Rama Salim drew out Rangers Keeper(Victor Omondi) with a clever volley after receiving a nice pass from Dan Sserunkuma.
Like a cobra ready to swing to action,Rangers however continued to press for the equalizer with Julius Owino and Eric Muranda going close to scoring in the 76th and 87th with Gor fans holding their breath.
Following the victory,Gor have now climbed from third to second spot in the 16 team’s League with 49 points.Defending champions Tusker FC continues to call the shots at the top with 51 points while AFC Leopards are placed third with 48 points.
Rangers are languishing at the bottom of the standings with 20 points from 26 matches.They have won three,drew 11 and have so far lost 12 matches.