By Our Reporter
A 35th minute volley from Rwanda International Meddie Kagere saved Gor Mahia from the jaws of defeat as they drew 1-1 with their arch rivals AFC Leopards in a pulsating Mashemeji Derby clash staged at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Leopards who entered the pitch as underdogs drew the first blood in
the 20th minute through an own goal by Gor Mahia defender Musa
Mohammed in a desperate attempt to clear a cross from the left wing.
A quick exchange between Vincent Oburu and Duncan Otieno saw the
latter picking out an isolated Samuel Ndung’u on the flank. The
winger’s dangerous delivery had Musa Mohammed slid the ball beneath his keeper to send Ingwe in front.
Nevertheless, Leopards looked more confident in generating possession and initiating forward forays that kept Gor defenders on their toes.Gor defenders led by Muhamed,Haroun Shakava,Godfrey Walusimbi and Karim Nzigimana had a busy afternoon in the first half but the tide changed in the second half as Gor started to dictate terms.
The goal however lasted briefly as 15 minutes later,Gor fans were up
from their seats when Kagere exploited an unfortunate slip by Robinson Kamura to slot his third Mashemeji Derby league goal past an onrushing Andika.
The goal nonetheless injected new belief in Ingwe and Vincent Oburu
came close minutes later when he drew a fine stop from Oluoch. Bouyed by the goal, Gor finished the half stronger with Kenneth Muguna seeing a dipping shot tipped behind for a corner.
Robinson Kamura was first to be thwarted from a free kick before a
work horse in Karim Nizigiyimana worked out another scoring opener in the 70th minute when his dangerous delivery could only get a feeble connection by Kagere.
A couple of late chances fell to either of the side to show their
intent but neither made it count.Gor’s Tuyisenge broke clear after shrugging a challenge of Salim Abdala only to be stooped by a composed piece of defending from Sikhayi. At other end another of Ndungu’s dangerous delivery was this time was dealt with as Musa turned it back for a fruitless corner.
Gor Mahia has dominated the last 17 meetings of the league. The Green Army has eight wins while Leopards has four wins, four other matches have ended at level. Leopards will face KoGalo after a sweet victory against reigning champions Tusker that ended their otherwise poor record over the Brewers.
In Mombasa,hosts Bandari fought out for a 2-2 draw with visiting
Mathare United. Shaban Kenga gave Bandari the match opener after 12 minutes after connecting.The goal however lasted for 12 minutes only for John Mwangi who levelled the equalizer in the 24th minute.
In the 77th minute, former Gor Mahia winger and substitute Enock
Agwanda put Bandari up barely 10 minutes after entering the pitch.
Mathare second half substitute Elijah Mwanzia who replaced defender Derrick Nzosi levelled the score with his first touch to make the score line read 2-1.
At the Mumias Sports Complex, champions Tusker FC poor run
continued to bite as they were held yet again 1-1 by Kakamega
Homeboys.Homeboyz’s Wycliffe Opondo had sent the hosts one up in the first half before Stephen Owusu who had replaced David Mwangi levelled the score in the dying minutes.
In Awendo,visiting Kariobangi Sharks were forced to contend with a
barren stalemate against Sony Sugar .KPL results at a glanceGor Mahia 1 AFC Leopards 1,Kariobangi Sharks 0 Sony Sugar 0,Bandari 2
Mathare United 2,KK Homeboys 1 Tusker 1.