NAIROBI, Kenya, September 5 – Gor Mahia head coach Zdrvako Logarusic is not drawn to the belief that the Tusker Premier League (TPL) title is within touching distance for his side despite victory over challengers Ulinzi Stars at the City Stadium on Wednesday.
“We are now focusing on our next game against Chemelil, and hope to keep winning our remaining fixtures.
“Destiny is not in our hands for now, from three titles we have already taken one but we still have tough games to play against teams like Leopards, Sofapaka and Tusker,’” Logarusic said after the match.
Gor are now four points adrift of leaders and fierce rivals AFC Leopards following a Victor Ali’s shot in the 63rd minute that saw the military side lose their second successive match to the K’Ogalo after the 2-0 defeat in the Top 8 finals last month.
The side that has been on a fine run in the league showed intention of raking all the points with fast placed play early in the match with Moses Odhiambo almost giving them the lead in the 12th with a shot at goal that went wide.
Lawrence Owino almost capitalised on a defensive blunder from Teddy Okumu ten minutes later, but his shot went inches off the post as the game began to pick up momentum.
The dependable pair, striker Dan Sserenkuma and midfielder Rama Salim continued their fruitful partnership upfront exchanging passes from the midfield with Sserenkuma failing to score with only goalkeeper Jacktone Odhiambo to beat shortly before the break.
After the restart, Logarusic made changes with Kevin Omondi coming in for Moses Otieno as K’Ogalo kept up the pressure with Sserenkuma coming close top getting the opener in the 55th after he picked a pass on the left from Salim but his sloppy shot fell into the hands of Odhiambo.
Logarusic replaced the striker with Edwin Lavasta as his Ulinzi counterpart responded with a double substitution minutes later as they reshaped their hunt for the three points.
Stephen Waruru came close on the hour mark but dragged his powerful shot inches wide with Jerim Onyango well beaten in the K’Ogalo goal.
Three minutes later, the Green Army was up in raptures when Ali picked up a Salim pass on the right and slotted the ball past the advancing Odhiambo to give Gor a deserved lead.
The goal rejuvenated the military-men and they poured forward in search of the leveller with Waruru and Owino forcing the issue and they combined to compel Onyango to parry the ball away in the 71st from the latter’s shot.
Defender Donald Mosoti was forced to clear a goal-bound effort minutes later from a well executed cross from the left by Owino aimed at an unmarked Evans Amuoka.
“We have played well and created a lot of chances but we were let down by lack of scoring which has been our main undoing.
“Tactically I can say we were good but that goal that we conceded made us not achieve what we expected which was a win,” said a dejected Ulinzi’s coach Sammy Simiyu with his team still stuck on sixth on 37 points.
Gor are now third on 40 behind title holders Tusker on goal difference who play Leopards on Friday at Nyayo Stadium in a top of the table clash.