NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 5- Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia kept their pressure on league leaders Tusker FC, moving to within a point of the brewers after beating Muhoroni Youth 2-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday.
Goals from Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge earned revenge for Gor who lost 1-0 to the sugar belt side in the KPL Top Eight final on October 16th, moving them to 54 points on the standings.
K’Ogalo will now be banking on their eternal rivals AFC Leopards who play Tusker on Sunday as either a win or a draw for Ingwe will give the 15-time champions a realistic chance as they play the brewers in the final game of the season.
“We have done our part and now we hope that AFC leopards do the same as well. Today we play very well. We played football; one-two touches and this is what I want to see. Now we only wait, but keep our hope alive,” Gor Mahia head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira said after the match.
Retaining the same team that won last weekend against Mathare United, Ferreira showed just how much he was yearning to push Tusker to the wire as the club hunts for a record 16th Kenyan Premier League title.
Gor started strongly and in the second minute, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo had the first opportunity with a left footed shot going over after a quickly started free-kick.
A minute later, Francis Kahata forced a full stretched save off Farouk Shikhalo after the midfielder rose well at the edge of the box to head in a cross from Kagere who had done well to beat his markers with pace on the right.
The defending champions’ bright early start bore dividends in the 10th minute when Tuyisenge blasted home his 10th goal of the season at point blank after Kagere nodded down a cross from Kahata.
Muhoroni would have drawn level four minutes later but Benjamin Mosha missed a glorious opportunity when he side footed the ball wide unmarked inside the box from a Sammy Ndung’u cross.
With Muhoroni sounding the siren on Gor’s complacency, the visitors immediately reverted back to their commanding selves with Godfrey Walusimbi and George Odhiambo combining well on the flanks to try and open up the Muhoroni defense.
They doubled their lead in the 32nd minute, this time Tuyisenge playing provider to Kagere who had the simplest of tasks to tap into an empty net.
From a quick break, Tuyisenge burst into the box, wheeled past Paul Muchika with some intelligent step overs before cutting back to his fellow Rwandese.
The two goal cushion gave Gor the much needed comfort and in the second half, they were more relaxed and passed the ball with ease.
Muhoroni upped the pressure, in search of goals but their tact of using long balls in an attempt to pick out Lwamba Bebeto were thwarted by an aerially strong Gor Mahia defense.