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Gor hit Chemelil, bounce back to winning ways

Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge congratulates Boniface Omondi after his goal against Chemelil Sugar in a Kenyan premier League fixture at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on January 2, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

MACHAKOS, Kenya, Jan 2 – Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia bounced back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Chemelil Sugar at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday evening.

With news that former Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech had officially joined the club on a two-year deal, the team had a timely pre-match boost as they needed victory at all costs after the weekend 1-0 loss at the hands of Kariobangi Sharks.

And they delievered the three points with precision, Nicholas Kipkurui and Boniface Omondi scoring in the second half as K’Ogalo moved to six points with one match at hand.

With victory the only needed antidote to an otherwise dull start to the campaign, Gor knew they had to come in for maximum points to put their rocking boat back on calm waters.

The record Kenyan champions started with pace and power, looking for the early goal that would boost their confidence and get them going.

They knocked the door in the 14th minute when goalscorer to be Omondi picked out Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge with a precise cross, but the striker saw his effort turned behind for a corner by the Chemelil shot stopper.

Chemelil Sugar striker Charles Okiya is sandwiched between Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava (left) and midfielder Ernest Wendo (right) during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on January 2, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

On the half hour mark, K’Ogalo had another chance when Lawrence Juma cited some shooting space from distance, but it could only land on the side-netting.

A minute later, they should have surely gone ahead, but skipper Harun Shakava could not head Francis Kahata’s freekick on target as the set piece found him isolated inside the box.

Gor kept the tempo and had a chance against after 36 minutes, this time Kahata being on the receiving end of an Omondi pass, but Chemelil keeper who was clearly earning his pay in the late evening kick off parried the effort away for a corner.

Back from the breather, Gor resumed duties meaning business.

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New signing Kipkurui stabbed home his third goal of the campaign, making the most of poor defense by Chemelil poking the ball home just two minutes after the restart.

Ten minutes later, K’Ogalo were two up when Omondi volleyed home from inside the box an arrowed cross from Juma.

Gor coach Hassan Oktay made changes, pulling out both goal scorers, Kipkurui coming off for Ephraim Guikan while Omondi paved way for Samuel Onyango.

Gor continued their dominance, but had done just but enough to keep the three points secured in their bags.

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