NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – Champions Gor Mahia swiftly returned at the summit of the Kenyan Premier League table following their 1-0 victory over Wazito FC in a match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.
Charles Momanyi nodded home a powerful header from Kenneth Muguna’s free-kick in the 60th minute to break the deadlock.
Gor could have finished with two goals but the referee denied them a clear goal that was scored by midfielder Lawrence Juma who unleashed a thunderbolt on injury time to rattle the cross bar as the ball crossed the line, but with no VAR, the assistant referee did not call it for a goal.
With the match being beamed live, the television replays showed the goal crossed the line and Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna admitted it was a goal.
“Oh my! It’s a goal… it’s the mistake of the referee but this things happen,” Ouna in the post-match interview after watching the reply from the screen.
Ouna added; “I think the match would have ended in a draw but all the same congratulation to my boys, they played well especially in defence. I am pleased with the new signings Dennis Shikayi and Dennis Ng’ang’a, they had a good debut and they are the full backs who gave us what we want.”
His corresponding counterpart Steven Polack was pleased with the results.
“It was a good game, we had the better chances in the first half though we did not utilize them. In the second half, the boys followed the change of tactic we made in the dressing room and I am happy it worked. The youngsters played well, our defence was solid, I think our keeper only had two occasions to save,” Polack said.
It was a game full of chances that could have seen Momanyi grab a brace but he fluffed the glorious chance in the 82nd minute when the Wazito keeper Kevin Omondi saw the ball slip past his hands to find Momanyi, who with only a tap to an empty net, blazed the ball over.
On the other end, Gor’s veteran keeper Boniface Oluoch came to the team’s rescue when he punched a long-range cracker for a fruitless comer and deny Wazito a draw.
The result saw Gor dislodge Tusker at the top who held it briefly after demolishing Chemelil Sugar 7-0 in the earlier match played in Mohoroni Stadium.
Gor, who have two matches at hand, are on 32 points, one ahead of Tusker FC who are second.