Kenya Gor Mahia wins Mashemeji derby as Tusker gun down Ulinzi Stars

FKF Premier League champions Gor Mahia claimed a 1-0 victory over AFC Leopards in their Mashemeji Derby at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.

The decisive moment arrived in the 30th minute when Austin Odhiambo capitalised on a defensive lapse to slot the ball home, giving Gor Mahia the lead. Despite a setback in the 35th minute when goalkeeper Kevin Omondi was shown a red card, reducing them to 10 men, Gor Mahia held on to secure all three points.

Ingwe head coach Tomas Trucha, who was overseeing his first derby, jumped into the defense of Opiyo, whom Ingwe fans blamed for the blunder that led to the goal. “Levis (Opiyo) is not the reason we lost, he may have committed the mistake but I solely cannot blame him for the defeat, as a team we should have done better with the number of chances we created, it was the kind of a game where chances (if properly used) could make the difference and missing our chances did not help us neither,” Trucha told reporters after the game.

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“With the quality we had, we should have done more, I want to apologize to the fans for the defeat, they came in large numbers anticipating us to win but we did not,” added Trucha.

On his part, Gor Mahia coach Johnathan McKinstry admitted the win had increased their chances of winning a record 21st league title. “We have taken a step forward and can now start smelling the title,” said McKinstry.

“Police are trying to keep the pace after their win against Sofapaka so we must keep winning our matches to stay on course, we must keep picking the points, that is the most important part, we know what our targets are and we will keep pushing and see where we will be at the end of the season.”

On his plans for the remaining fixtures, the Northern Irish tactician said: “We know it will not be easy, we are now playing against teams that are fighting against relegation, and also mid-table teams that are very difficult to play against at this stage of the campaign because they have nothing to lose.

“It becomes difficult playing such teams and for example, we play Murang’a Seal, a side with great football, and they like to play the game but we have to keep focus and win our matches and I am confident at 69 points it can win you the league.

Meanwhile, at the Ulinzi Sports Complex, Tusker FC clinched a narrow 1-0 win over Ulinzi Stars, courtesy of an Eric Kapaito strike in the 49th minute. In other matches, Kenya Police kept pace with league leaders Gor Mahia by securing a 2-1 win against Sofapaka while Bidco United and Kariobangi Sharks emerged triumphant in their respective fixtures against Posta Rangers and Nzoia Sugar.

With this victory, Gor Mahia maintains their pole position in the standings with 57 points. They are followed by Kenya Police and Tusker at 48 and 46 points respectively.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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