NAIROBI, April 23 – Rwandese striker Jacques Tuyisenge once again showed what Sh4million can exactly get a club. In his third start for the club, the Amavubi skipper stung in the 87th minute as Gor Mahia beat a stubborn Sony Sugar 1-0 at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.
Tuyisenge has now scored four goals for Gor in as many matches, three of them being match winners and this justifies the hefty pay perk Gor had to bear to lure him from Rwanda’s Police to the 15-time defending champions.
Salim Babu’s side who won their first match of the season last weekend against neighbors Chemelil had hoped to extend their positive run against an equally limping Gor.
They had managed to put up a superb defensive structure to frustrate K’Ogalo’s forays upfront with the defending champions keen to bounce back from last weekend’s controversial loss to Tusker FC.
A decent team move by Gor saw Tuyisenge race for a ball wide on the left with the Rwandese swinging in a cross that was hugely missed by Ronald Omino racing into the box. Gor continued to pile the pressure forward with Walusimbi and Omino doing most of the work on the wings.
Tuyisenge came close on the half hour mark but his header from an Abouba Sibomana cross went wide. Sony had minimal movements going forwad and they only came close with a freekick from the left that sailed wide.
At the start of the second half, Gor Mahia tactician Jose Marcello Ferreira pulled out Sibomana and his place taken in by youngster Erick ‘Marcello’ Ouma. Three minutes in, Gor won a freekick at a good goal scoring range, but Jacques Tuyisenge hit wide.
The onslaught continued and George Odhiambo missing a good chance with only the keeper to beat while Karim Nzigiyimana had a freekick being cleared before finding the target.
In the 65th minute, Ferreira made his second sub, a clear attacking intent with Francis Kahata coming in for Godfrey Walusimbi with Jacob Keli also joining the party in the 75thminute for midfielder Erick Ochieng.
Two minutes after coming into the pitch, Keli had a chance to endear himself to the Gor fans who still harbour hard feelings after his penalty miss in the 0-0 draw with Ushuru two weeks ago but he failed to score one-on-one with the keeper.
Gor kept the pressure with the hope of getting a nerve calming goal and their insistence paid off with three minutes left, Tuyisenge finding the back of the net to ease the pressure.
The win now sees Gor move to 5th on the league on 14 points, six shy of the leaders Tusker FC and Mathare United.