By Fred Maingi
Gor Mahia “Green Army” erupted to song and dance on Sunday evening following their 1-0 triumph over defending Tusker Premier League(TPL) champions Tusker in a tension and action packed clash staged before a packed Nairobi City Stadium.
The match was graced by Kenya Prime Minister Hon.Raila Odinga, Football Kenya Federation(FKF) Chairman Sam Nyamweya, and Kangundo member of Parliament Johnstone Muthama among other sports dignitaries.
The victory was widely received by Gor Mahia supporters who took to the Nairobi Streets after the final whistle.They brought business at the nearby Burma market and the surrounding areas to a standstill.
Uganda import Dan Sserunkuma goal in the 16th minute brought down the roof with a rasping shot from almost 30 metres that caught unaware Tusker custodian Bonface Oluoch.The goal slipped from his hands but he was late by few seconds in parrying the ball out of the line with the second lines women Dorcas Wanza indicating it was a goal.
The win now places Gor on top of the summit with 55 points, one point ahead of second and third placed Tusker and AFC Leopards who are tying on 54 points.
The tension packed thriller saw Tusker make early substitution by resting Joseph Emeka and introducing lively Joshua Oyoo who brought a lot of impact in the match.
Tusker started making inroads and ten minutes later, Gor Mahia sensed danger by bringing in David Owino for towering Donald Mosoti to contain Tusker pressure. Gor secured two corners against their opponents three before the breather.
Gor Mahia came close to scoring in the 65th minute when Edwin Lavatsa shot at the waiting hands of Tusker custodian(Bonface Oluoch) while Tusker could have levelled the score on 93rd minute when Jockins Atudo from a sumptuous corner by Humphrey Okoti blasted over the bar with a yawning net smiling at him.
Both teams made several substitutions with Tusker introducing Joseph Mbugi, David Nyanzi for exhausted Patrick Kagogo and Dennis Mukaisi. Gor rested Joseph Njuguna and Moses Otieno and brought in Kevin Omondi and Moses Otieno in the second half.
Tusker coach Robert Matano said he has not given up the title adding that there were two more matches that can decide the League title.
His Gor counterpart Dravko Logarusic said he was delighted by the win but said the League title was still open to the top three teams in the radar.
In other matches,the clash between Chemelil Sugar and Muhoroni Youth was postponed in the 25th minute owing to heavy rains. The match according to referee Dan Ongidi will be replayed on Monday October 29th at Chemelil Sports complex from 11am.Both team had tied 0-0 .
At the Afraha Stadium,Ulinzi Stars were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Thika United.Thika took an early barely after two minutes through top hit man Kepha Aswani before James Mulinge equalised for the Military soldiers on 17th minute from the spot.
At the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega,Rangers came from two goals down to defeat match favourites Western Stima 3-2