NAIROBI, Kenya, May 12- Dan Sserunkuma’s third goal of the season gave Gor Mahia a hard fought 1-0 win over archrivals AFC Leopards in a Kenyan Premier League match at Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday.
The diminutive Ugandan continued his love in with Leopards scoring on the break 16 minutes from time to give K’Ogalo its third straight win over Ingwe. Sserunkuma has now scored six times against Sunday’s opponents in the last three matches.
The match was however stopped for five minutes after a scuffle amongst the fans following Ssreunkuma’s goal. Calm was however restored and the game ended with Gor moving to third on the log with 17 points.
K’Ogalo may have walked away with three points but they were indebted to skipper Jerim Onyango who produced a man of the match display making save after save to keep out Leopards’ strikers.
For Leopards, coach Luc Eymael’s wait for a first win of the season continues as his charges failed to utilise numerous chances that fell their way especially in the first half. He has now gone six matches with no victory since he joined the 12 time league champions.
The home side settled early with left back Abbas Kiwalabye testing Onyango from 40 yards on ten minutes. It would be the story of the first half as Onyango then had to save from Edwin Wafula four minutes later.
Gor’s first sniff at goal came in the 20th minute but David Owino failed to hit the target after a sleek one two down the right flank.
Then it was back to Onyango making a save this time from Noah Wafula on 23 minutes. His save of the match came on 26 minutes as he flung to his right to keep out Wafula’s stinging drive after a quick counter attack.
Leopards’ keeper Patrick Matasi had been a spectator until the 32nd minute when Sserunkuma hit one from 25 yards.
A mix up almost gave Gor the lead on 37 minutes when Matasi and Jonas Nahimana both went for the same ball but Edwin Lavatsa was unable to hit the target from Sserunkuma’s resulting cross.
Onyango had one more save to make five minutes to the break spilling Mike Barasa’s freekick before recovering to block Wafula’s follow up.
Gor threw on Rama Salim as they sought to gain a foothold in the game and the playmaker thought he had earned a penalty after being tripped by Nahimana but the referee waved away his appeals on 62 minutes.
On as a substitute Allan Wanga then struck the upright after good work by fellow substitute Paul Were had put him through 21 minutes from time.
Were then tried his luck on 73 minutes but Onyango was alert palming it away for a corner.
It was from that corner that Gor took the lead after a lightning counter attack.
Lavatsa found Salim who skipped past a defender and even though Matasi saved his effort, Sserunkuma was on hand to turn in the rebound setting off wild celebrations.