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3-0 to Gor Mahia; that’s a real hammering for AFC Leopards

‘A terrible performance,’ says AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall, ‘if I had the money I’d give back the 300 bob back to the fans, that’s terrible’

Devastating form: Gor Mahia celebrate one of their goals during the 3-0 crushing of arch rivals AFC Leopards in the Kenyan Premier League ‘Derby’ at Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday

2017 Kenyan Premier League:

Results:

Sunday May 7:

AFC Leopards 0-3 Gor Mahia

(Meddie Kagere 20’, George Odhiambo 36’, Timothy Otieno 83’)

Thika United 2-3 Ulinzi Stars

(Christopher Oruchum 58’, Francis Kinyua 90’; Stephen Waruru 11’, 23’, Dan Waweru 19’)

Western Stima 0-2 Zoo Kericho

(Bernard Odhiambo 45’, Mike Madoya 56’)

Chemelil 0-0 Muhoroni Youth

 

Gor Mahia's George Odhiambo (right) vies with AFC's Joshua Mawira in the Sunday ‘Derby’ at Nyayo National Stadium

Gor Mahia’s George Odhiambo (right) vies with AFC’s Joshua Mawira in the Sunday ‘Derby’ at Nyayo National Stadium

AFC Leopards 0-3 Gor Mahia

IT rarely happens in the Kenyan ‘Derby’; either team coming off with a comprehensive victory. But Sunday was completely different; Gor Mahia putting up a near faultless performance to thrash arch rivals 3-0 at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.

Leopards barely turned up for the opening half, conceding from Meddie Kagere and George Odhiambo. Though improved in the opening stages of the second half, Leopards were to pay for throwing too many people forward in an effort for recovery, allowing Gor to hit them on the counter and Timothy Otieno making it an un redeemable 3-0 in the 83rd minute.

The hosts had hoped for victory to take them from sixth place to second, behind leaders Post Rangers, but instead they lost and slumped into eighth leaving Gor Mahia to comfortably maintain second spot with 19 points, two behind Rangers after nine rounds.

Gor Mahia captain Musa Mohamed on his knees and under watch of AFC Leopards skipper Bernard Mang’oli (right) and midfield man Paul Kiongera (left)

Gor Mahia captain Musa Mohamed on his knees and under watch of AFC Leopards skipper Bernard Mang’oli (right) and midfield man Paul Kiongera (left)

AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall, his first time in the Kenyan ‘Derby’, said his relatively inexperienced players were shell-shocked and played out of instructions especially in the first 15 minutes of the game. He said he told his players to first play calmly against a vastly experienced Gor side but they did not.

“I said play it down. But it didn’t happen; why? Because they are young boys, most of them. How many of these [Leopards] players have played in the ‘Derby’ before?  How many of their [Gor] players have played in the ‘Derby’ before? That’s what I’m saying; we couldn’t handle it in the first 15 minutes; when we were running around like scared rabbits, they [Gor] got on top of them game;  physically, mentally, tactically, everything…

“It’s terrible. I feel terrible for the fans. If I had the money I’d go round giving them back the Sh300 bob. I’d give them their money back. That’s a terrible performance.”

Gor Mahia in full cry

Gor Mahia in full cry

‘Ze Maria’ was a very satisfied man over what he said was very hard work at training by his men in run-up to the ‘Derby’  

He said: “It was a very good game for us. Our training in the week was very hard; so, you can see the result today.”

On an overcast day, more Gor Mahia fans than Leopards’ showed up but were by no means anywhere near filling the 25,000 venue. The football and pitch conditions were great. A local TV station, K24, also made its debut of “live” transmission. The league lost its broadcast rights holders, SuperSport International of South Africa who were fed up by poor management and wrangles between Kenyan Premier League Limited and Football Kenya Federation [FKF] which first delayed the season kick-off by over a month.

Whereas AFC Leopards started off with former Gor Mahia Kenya midfielder Paul Kiongera leading the attack alongside Ghanaian Gilbert Fiamenyo, coach Jose Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira had a slight tweaking of his Gor Mahia team that saw George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Timothy Otieno handed rare starts that proved pivotal in the tactical duel. The pair took up their roles well, Otieno at centre of the K’Ogalo’s opener as ‘Blackberry’ provided the second goal.

Otieno set up Meddie Kagere for a 20th minute opener as he lobbed Leopards’ ‘keeper Ian Otieno with the Rwandese start steering from close range.

There was still too many untaken space at Nyayo National Stadium … a far cry from the days there was not even standing pace in the AFC Leopards/Gor Mahia ‘Derby’

There was still too many untaken seats at Nyayo National Stadium … a far cry from the days there was not even standing space in the AFC Leopards/Gor Mahia ‘Derby’

Gor Mahia continued their dominance heading to the half hour as Leopards struggled to keep possession in Gor territory. It was a listless performance which saw Leopards take time to impose themselves in attack. The pair of Fiamenyo and Kiongera was frustrated by a high-line defence employed by Gor’s rear guard.

Coach Hall sought to inspire his charges to save the match, shuffling the cards and throwing in Marcus Abwao in place of Abdalla Salim at the beginning of the second half.

Trailing

 Abwao was promptly called to action to keep off Godfrey Walusimbi’s shot deflecting it with his boot for Otieno in goal to keep out. The trailing Leopards had a couple of free kicks but were unable to make them count.

Hall again turned to his bench heading into the final twenty minutes, sending on Andrew Tololwa and Haroun Nyakha but to no avail.

AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall: ‘If I had the money, I’d give the 300 bob back [to the fans]. That was a terrible performance’

AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall: ‘If I had the money, I’d give the 300 bob back [to the fans]. That was a terrible performance’

TEAMS:

AFC LEOPARDS:

16 Ian Otieno:

4 Robinson Kamura

19 Joshua Mawira

24 Samuel Ndung’u/(29 Andrew Tololwa, 70′)

15 Abdallah Salim/(33 Marcus Abwao, 46′)

26 Duncan Otieno

22 Bernard Mang’oli (captain)

10 Allan Kateregga

20 Whyvonne Isuza/(8 Haroun Nyakha, 75′)

5 Paul Mungai Kiongera

17 Gilbert Fiamenyo

Reserves:

18 Gabriel Andika (gk):

3 Ramadhan Yakubu

12 Mike Kibwage

7 Marcellus Ingotse

Coach: Stewart J Hall – (England)

GOR MAHIA:

29 Boniface Oluoch:

3 Karim Nzigiyimana/(14 Innocent Wafula, 78′)

4 Wellington Ochieng’

5 Musa Mohamed (captain)

18 Haroun Shakava

10 Kenneth Muguna

20 Ernest Wendo

25 George Odhiambo/(8 Francis Kahata, 43′)

17 Timothy Otieno/(30 Philemon Otiono, 83′)

22 Meddie Kagere

2 Godfrey Walusimbi

Reserves not used:

16 Shaban Odhoji

7 Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza

21 John Ndirangu

9 Jacques Tuyisenge

Coach: Jose Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ Ferreira – (Brazil)

Match commissioner: Joseph Mboss

Reserve referee: Agnetta Itubo

Assistant ref: Tony Kidiya

Asst ref: Oliver Odhiambo

Referee: Dr Peter Kamaku Waweru

Thika United 2-3 Ulinzi Stars

Ulinzi Stars found a scoring form to edge out a fighting Thika United 3-2 in a thriller at Thika.

Stephen Waruru for Ulinzi turned the tormentor of the Thika club that brought him up and nurtured his football hitting a brace. Waruru’s knack for goals this season is reliving the days when he was a regular attacking choice for the national team Harambee Stars. Daniel Waweru also converted a penalty for Ulinzi. Christopher Oruchum and Francis Muturi kept Thika United in the fight.

Waruru was first to try his luck in front of goal but failed to find the back of the net inside the box with Boniface Barasa coming to the Thika rescue. In the opening 10 minutes, it was the visitors who were dictating the pace. Thika got the first corner of the game but it was too easy for Ulinzi ‘keeper Jacktone Odhiambo. Ulinzi would later take the lead through Waruru whose vicious shot after a good pass from the midfield left Barasa for dead.

Stephen Waruru of Ulinzi Stars, put to the sword with a brace of goals, the team the club that brought him up, Thika United, in Ulinzi’s 3-2 win during the thriller at Thika Stadium on Sunday

Stephen Waruru of Ulinzi Stars, put to the sword with a brace of goals, the club that brought him up, Thika United, in Ulinzi’s 3-2 win during the thriller at Thika Stadium on Sunday

Thika’s Dennis Lewa had the yellow card shown after a foul on Churchill Muloma in the box and Waweru stepped up to convert from the spot to double the Ulinzi lead.

Thika would lose an opportunity to pull back when Eugene Mukangula missed a penalty after Geoffrey Kokoyo handled in the box.

Sammy Mejja got into the referee’s book after fouling the Ulinzi Kenya defender Brian Birgen before James Nandwa made Thika’s first change, taking out Mukangula for Musa Saad. Ulinzi’s Benjamin Nyangweso brought in Cliff Kasuti for Baron Oketch.

Wasted

Later Baraka Badi was out for Francis Muturi and immediately Thika had hopes of turning the score around when Christopher Oruchum found the back of the net from Iregi’s pass.

Nyangweso then called in Enosh Ochieng’ for Samuel Onyango who wasted a goal scoring chance for Ulinzi on his first touch of the ball.

Yellow

Thika made another change Chibueze Onwudi coming out for Salim Mzee and Ulinzi had Waruru coming out for John Kago. As the time ticked, Mejja got his marching orders after getting a second yellow following a foul on Birgen before Ochieng’ was also yellow-carded for bad mouthing.

With three minutes added, Muturi found the back of the net for Thika’s second but it was too little too late for the hosts.

TEAMS:

THIKA UNITED: 1 Boniface Barasa: 16 Suleiman Ngotho, 23 Sammy Mejja, 22 Dennis Lewa, 5 Christopher Oruchum, 4 Dennis Omino, 20 Said Tsuma, 17 Benson Iregi, 3 Badi Baraka (30 Francis Muturi), 10 Eugene Mukangula (40 Asad Abdalla), 9 Chibueze Onwudi (11 Salim Mzee)

Players not used: 25 Eliud Emase; 35 Idah Kwakhali, 18 James Njenga, 19 Wilson Anekeya

Coach: James Nandwa – (Kenya)

ULINZI STARS:  Jacktone Odhiambo: Brian Birgen, Oliver Ruto, Geoffrey Kokoyo, Mohammed Hassan, Boniface Onyango, Samuel Onyango (Enoch Ochieng’), Churchill Muloma, Stephen Waruru (John Kago), Daniel Waweru, Baron Okech (Cliff Kasuti)

Players not used: James Saruni (gk), Alex Masinde, Rodgers Omondi, Oscar Wamalwa, 

Coach:  Benjamin Nyangweso – (Kenya)

Western Stima 0-2 Zoo Kericho

Zoo Kericho got their second win of the season with a stout effort against a bewildered Western Stima at Moi Stadium, Kisumu.

Zoo won a corner in the first minute of the game but it packed no real threat. In the 15th minute Stima had a good throw-in into the area but no one got onto it, instead it bounced into the box and rolled out.

The Zoo Kericho marksman Mike Madoya was at it again as his team took a huge 2-0 victory away to Western Stima at Moi Stadium, Kisumu on Sunday

The Zoo Kericho marksman Mike Madoya was at it again as his team took a huge 2-0 victory away to Western Stima at Moi Stadium, Kisumu on Sunday

Zoo looked to be the first with a scoring chance which Mike Madoya headed onto the hands of Stima goalkeeper Stephen Otieno. Then Stima had a scare in the 30th minute when Raymond Murugi went down injured but was attended to and got back to the field. However, in the 38th minute he could not continue and in his place, came Frederick Nyarombo.

In the first half added time Bernard Odhiambo connected a cross and headed the ball past the ‘keeper to give Zoo a 1-0 lead.

Beginning

The trailing Stima pushed men up at the beginning of the second half but Zoo were well organized at the back.

In the 56th minute Stima were caught off guard by a Zoo swift counter attack and Madoya scored to make it 2-0.

TEAMS:

ZOO KERICHO: 9 Vincent Misikhu: 27 William Obayi, 6 Johnstone Ligare, 31 Stanislaus Akiya, 39 Dominic Ouma, 4 Leonard Mmata, 5 Mike Madoya (26 Ondati Kepha, 80), 18 Geoffrey Gichana, 29 Kelvin Omondi, 22 Nicholas Kipkirui, 10 Bernard Odhiambo

Reserves: 1 Samuel Koko (gk); 30 Andrew Ongwae, 13 Sabiri Sindani, 16 Danson Namasakha, 17 Dennis Omondi, 35 Ernest Kipkoech

Coach: Sammy Okoth – (Kenya)

WESTERN STIMA: Stephen Odhiambo: Jackson Saleh, Wesley Onguso, Wycliffe Nyangechi, Salim Odeka, Frederick Shimonyo, Okello Owuor (Evans Kiwanuka, 66′ ), Moses Arita, Brian Marita, Kennedy Otieno, Raymond Murugi (Frederick Nyarombo, 38’)

Coach:  Henry Omino (Kenya)

Kenyan Premier League | STANDINGS

   
Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Posta Rangers 9 6 3 0 8 2 6 21
2 Gor Mahia 9 6 1 2 13 6 7 19
3 Ulinzi Stars 9 4 3 2 14 9 5 15
4 Sofapaka 9 4 3 2 12 7 5 15
5 Tusker 9 4 3 2 10 11 -1 15
6 Bandari 9 4 2 3 11 6 5 14
7 Chemelil Sugar 9 3 5 1 8 4 4 14
8 AFC Leopards 9 4 2 3 9 9 0 14
9 Nzoia United 9 3 4 2 13 10 3 13
10 Kariobangi Sharks 9 4 1 4 8 7 1 13
11 Kakamega Homeboyz 9 2 4 3 5 6 -1 10
12 Nakumatt 9 2 3 4 6 8 -2 9
13 Muhoroni Youth 9 2 3 4 5 8 -3 9
14 Mathare United 9 2 3 4 6 11 -5 9
15 Zoo Kericho 9 2 2 5 6 11 -5 8
16 Sony Sugar 9 2 2 5 4 10 -6 8
17 Thika United 9 2 1 6 9 14 -5 7
18 Western Stima 9 1 3 5 5 13 -8 6

-Additional reporting by Correspondents and Agencies