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Gor launch KPL title defence in style

GOR-FAN-FACENAIROBI, Kenya, February 21 – Champions Gor Mahia began their title defence on a high after thumping Mathare United 4-2 as the Kenyan Premier League roared off to a goal-laden start across the country Saturday.

K’Ogalo who hosted the 2008 champions at Nairobi City Stadium, were in fine fettle in front of the Green Army with in form Victor Ali Abondo and Michael Olunga scoring a brace apiece on each half while Noah Abich found the back of the net twice for Mathare.

In the earlier televised fixture at the same venue, Western Stima were 2-0 winners over KCB as Duncan Wafula scored an own goal before new signing Etone Esiye sealed the win with a long-range cracker.

Elsewhere, at the Thika Sub-County Stadium, Thika United were held by visiting Tusker FC to a 1-1 draw as Wycliffe Opondo struck first for the hosts before Ismael Dunga equalised for the Brewers from the spot.

At Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium, Marwa Chamberi and Samuel Onyango were on target as visiting Sony Sugar upset Ulinzi Stars lost 2-0.

-Champions on fire-

Gor extended their winning run to the Premier League, just a week after beating Madagascar’s CNaPS 1-0 to give their late Team Doctor Dannis Omondi a fitting tribute after he passed away on Thursday.

Abondo who has now scored five goals for K’Ogalo since returning from Tusker; set the pace at the quarter hour mark when he capitalized on Mathare’s defensive mix-up that saw David Mwangi collide with his keeper Robert Mboya who spilled Abouba Sibomana’s cross for the forward to fire in the rebound to an empty net.

The lead only lasted for five minutes as Abich levelled from the spot after referee Nasur Doka penalized Karim Nzigiyamana for a high boot on Wyvonne Isuza in the box.

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With both sides destined to go to the break locked in a one all draw, Olunga finally claimed his debut goal since joining from Tusker FC when headed home on the stroke of half-time and celebrated by lifting up his shirt to show a message ‘God is Able’.

Abich once again lifted Mathare on resumption by restoring parity with a well calculated set piece that easily beat Boniface Oluoch. Doka had awarded Mathare the free-kick at the edge of the box when Eric Mata was pushed by Gor stand in skipper Musa Mohammed.

Nuttall then introduced Rwandan international Meddie Kagere for George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo, as he increased the pace of the game and nearly found his first goal but headed wide Sibomana’s cross.

Gor’s pressure forced Mathare new arrival from Sofapaka George Owino rescue his side after clearing the ball on the line on two consecutive occasions when Mboya had come off his line.

Owino first cleared Olunga’s effort before stopping Kagere’e rebound.

Abondo completed his double on the 74th minute when Mathare’s Harrison Mwendwa miscued a pass to see Godfrey Walusimbi find the former Tusker attacking midfielder who slotted home the third and see Gor recapture the lead.

Six minutes later, Olunga then hammered the final nail to the coffin when Kagere set him for a one-on- one with Mboya and the young striker did well to prove his critics wrong, placing the ball way far beyond the keepers reach.

The league enters its second day Sunday, with AFC Leopards playing Chemelil Sugar in Nakuru, GOtv Shield champions Sofapaka host Ushuru FC in Machakos while Muhoroni Youth travel to Bandari in Mombasa’s Mbaraki Stadium.

Action kicked-off despite Football Kenya Federation going against world body Fifa express statutes by obtaining an injunction stopping the start of the competition on Friday pending a hearing set for March 3 at Nairobi’s Milimani High Court.

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  1. Francis

    February 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    For one last time-can the government disband this TJRC nonsense and save Kenyans the much needed money now being wasted by the most stupid people we have around! It is amazing that a body charged with the solemn duty of seeking TRUTH-JUSTICE is itself the epitome of injustice and a lynch mob.That they are not ready to obey the law as pronounced by the judge is impunity of the highest order.To imagine that people selected using the same process can gang up against one person using baseless allegations is shameful and unpatriotic to say the least.Namachanja is now an interested party-she is benefiting from Kiplagat’s woes and should be the last person to incite the rest.She should resign if she cannot work with the chairman.It is amazing and as the hon. judge observed that TJRC commissioners can now pretend to “ACT IN PUBLIC INTEREST” while in fact they act on their “STOMACHS INTEREST”. This mob justice must be stopped and the courts must stand firm and protect the innocent from abuse in the name of the NEW CONSTITUTION. I hope these morons have paid as ORDERED BY THE COURT-otherwise their holy than thou BS is all but playing with the Kenyans who will believe anything.How can commissioners “REQUIRE KIPLAGAT TO STAY AWAY UNTIL CLEARED”? cleared by whom? His mother? what case does he now have in court? Is it not amazing that in a country with so many educated-patriotic Kenyans only the MOST STUPID found their way in this TJRC? How else do you believe what they are doing? How do you force the court- CJ to investigate Kiplagat without someone filing a case-complaint? ONLY IN KENYA! IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE THIS COMMISSION SHOULD BE DISBANDED ASAP TO SAVE KENYANS FROM THE SHAME-I HOPE JUSTICE MINISTER-THE PRESIDENT WILL DO THE RIGHT THING.   

    • christopher

      February 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      I echo the same sentiments with you Francis.The courts have ruled in favor of Kiplagat, this commisioners should accept the verdict and move on.if the commissioners feel they cannot work with the chairman they should resign because i believe there are other many competent men and women who would be willing to serve.The nation cannot be held ransom by this commissioners as they waste kenyans time and tax payers money.

  2. Nash

    February 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Kiplagat is a distraction at TJRC.  They managed to get some work done when he was away.  Can he simply get over this and go into peaceful retirement?

  3. Anonymous

    February 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    The whole band does not at all reflect the letter and spirit of TJRC which they believe they represent; the only justice to them is to be disbanded. What a wastage they have been to Kenyans’ time and money!

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