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Sofapaka crash out as Gor, Tusker cruise

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Meddie Kagere (center) celebrates after scoring a double in their GOtv Shield match against Ushuru FC on September 20. PHOTO/ Raymond Makhaya.

NAIROBI, September 20 – Champions Sofapaka were bundled out of the GOtv Shield knock out tournament after National Super League side, Administration Police FC stunned them 5-3 on post match penalties in the Round of 32 on Sunday.

Elsewhere, newly crowned SportPesa Premier League winners, Gor Mahia sent 10-men Ushuru FC packing in a hard fought 3-2 victory with Meddie Kagere lifting K’Ogalo with a brace.

In the early kick-off at Kasarani, Jesse Were notched a hat-trick to help Tusker FC maul Eldoret based GFE 105 FC 5-0 to book a date with Nzoia FC in the Round of 16.

Muhoroni Youth edged out KCB 4-2 on post match penalties whilst FKF Premier League side, Nakumatt FC progressed after overcoming Nairobi City Stars 3-1 on spot kicks.

At Nairobi’s Ruaraka Grounds, Sofapaka had a nightmare outing after AP rallied a goal down to hold them 1-1 in regulation time to force the tie to penalties.

AP keeper, Preston Omondi saved Heritier Luvalu’s kick whilst Jesee Wabale, Geoffrey Muhando, Christopher Gathara, Robert Jakero and Julius Kavoo converted for the third tier side.

Felly Mulumba, Ezekiel Odera, and Erastus Mwaniki scored for Sofapaka.

Veteran forward, John Baraza netted the opener for Batoto Ba Mungu in the 38th minute when he turned in a Fuadi Ndayisenga corner-kick.

AP found their leveller 10 minutes to the final whistle through Muhando who converted from the spot after Luvalu hacked down Salim Mzee.

Batoto Ba Mungu who have gone six matches without a win, only have the KPL top 8 knock-out cup to fight for after failing to charge for the SportPesa Premier League title.

-Gor through-

Gor enhanced their chances of clinching a treble this season after Kagere added on Collins Okoth’s fifth minute opener to see the 2012 domestic cup winners progress to the Round of 16 where they will meet Palos FC.

“We predicted a tough match because Ushuru have been trying to beat us. We had a busy week after winning the league so we have played three games in six days and all those things added up, we are pleased with the win.

“We dropped the tempo in the first-half but we did what was necessary after upping our game,” Gor head coach, Frank Nuttall underlined after the match.

His opposite number, Ken Kenyatta blamed the defeat on Joseph Shikokoti’s sending off in the 66th minute after the defender was booked for the second time.

“In a game, there is either a win, draw or loss, so today things didn’t turn to our favour. I concede the defeat but I will go back and form a formidable team that can beat Gor. The red card was not fair because Shikokoti was not near the ball when the foul occurred but I’m happy with my player’s performance.”

Gor took the lead when Okoth tapped the ball home off a deflection from Ushuru defender Philemon Otieno in a move started by Innocent Wafula from the left.

Otieno made the amends three minutes later when he fed former AFC Leopards forward, Mohammed Hassan, to smash home from inside the area for the leveller.

Michael Olunga, George Odhiambo and Innocent Wafula came close for K’Ogalo before unmarked Kagere restored the lead on the stroke of half-time when he nodded past keeper, Samuel Odhiambo from a Karim Niizigiyimana pin-point cross.

Olunga lit up the second half when his long range thunderbolt brought out a brilliant save from Odhiambo.

The taxmen were back in the game in the 55th when Hassan notched his double after making good use of Otieno’s defence splitting pass to dance past Musa Mohammed before bringing the ball to his favourite right foot and shooting home.

Ushuru suffered a blow when they were reduced to ten men when Shikokoti elbowed Khalid Aucho who had set up Kagere before referee, Anthony Ogwayo denied them the advantage after the Gor striker had hit the target.

Gor exploited the dismissal of the former Leopards defender with Kagere handing the most decorated club in the country a deserved winner in the 74th when Odhiambo spilled a Godfrey Walusimbi cross from the left to fire in from the rebound.