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Relentless Gor tax Ushuru to march on

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Enock Agwanda shields the ball from an Ushuru FC opponent in their SPL clash at City Stadium on Wednesday, August 12. He scored a second half penalty in the 2-0 win. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, August 12- Gor Mahia’s relentless march to the SportPesa Premier League title navigated through the tricky test of Ushuru FC on Wednesday as the champions wrapped-up a 2-0 victory at their Nairobi’s City Stadium cauldron.

K’Ogalo stretched their lead at the summit to 11 on 52 points pending the outcome of the tasty clash between closest challengers, Ulinzi Stars and arch rivals AFC Leopards.

A seventh minute goal from winger Innocent Wafula who is growing in stature as the season progresses and a penalty from substitute Enock Agwanda in the 70th dispensed the taxmen who dominated spells of the hard-fought exchanges as Gor completed the league double over Ken Kenyatta’s revenue collectors.

K’Ogalo took to the pitch to resume their unyielding assault on a third straight top flight crown on the back of an embarrassing pay-dispute with club management that saw players boycott training on Tuesday.

It took them only seven minutes after the start to dispel any doubts of vulnerability after the strike dominated local dailies on Wednesday morning when they punished a defensive slip from the otherwise well drilled taxmen through Mutiso.

The winger applied the finish when lethal forward Michael Olunga’s cross was missed by defender David Otieno giving Mutiso the task of steering the ball in.

Olunga was then denied a golden chance to net his own five minutes later when he broke to the box menacingly only to be stopped by superb defending.

Ushuru recovered and started to turn on the screw and forced Gor keeper Boniface Oluoch into a fabulous save in the 20th from a low corner before he was called into action six minutes later when Abouba Sibomana gave away a free-kick.

Olouch spilled the delivery but Karim Nizigiyimana hacked away the danger.

Ushuru keeper, Odhiambo saved well from Olunga after Wafula attempted to return the favour with an assist from a cross in the 41st as the sides headed to the breather with K’Ogalo 1-0 to the good.

The start of the second saw Moses Arita and Olunga trade shots with the first effort two minutes in lacking the power to beat Oluoch as Gor powered to the other end to see their leading marksman’s effort turned behind for a fruitless corner.

-Wafula Cross-

Innocent Mutiso celebrates the opening goal against Ushuru FC at Nairobi's City Stadium on Wednesday, August 12. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Innocent Wafula celebrates the opening goal against Ushuru FC at Nairobi’s City Stadium on Wednesday, August 12. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Strike partner, Meddi Kagere then tapped another Wafula cross wide in the 54th before Ushuru brought on veteran Charles Okwemba to shore up their midfield as Gor boss, Frank Nutall withdrew Ugandan Godfrey Walusimbi and midfielder Collins Okoth for Agwanda and Ernest Wendo.

In the 69th Gor were awarded a penalty after Samuel Odhiambo fouled the replacement forward and Agwanda picked himself up to convert the spot-kick for the final score, with a dangerous Okwemba cross that was deflected for a corner in the 85th the only meaningful response from the taxmen.

Ushuru who have played two games more than the champions remained 10th on 28.

Following the victory, singing K’Ogalo supporters, Green Army, turned Nairobi’s Central Business District into a rancorous celebration overturning bins and lighting up flames as they headed to the Tom Mboya statue to pay tribute in jubilation.

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