Gor Mahia squad gives an entertaining performance to defeat Djibouti Telecom by 3 goals to 1 in their final Group A game, maintaining their unbeaten run to 4 games and topping the group after Yanga beat Al Khartoum.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Defending Kenya premier leagues Gor Mahia, commonly referred to as K’ogalo by their passionate fans have gone one step further in the CECAFA Kagame Cup this year than they did last year as they have definitely qualified for the quarter finals after sealing a win over Djibouti Telecom.
Gor Mahia entered the game aiming to seal first place in group A amidst competition from Al-Khartoum of Sudan. The game started on a bright note for the Kenyans as they launched attacks against their opposition with much style. Prolific striker ‘Engineer’ Michael Olunga lead the line forcing some smart saves from Telecom keeper Jeff Nzokira.However the repeated pressure inevitably paid off in the 12th minute as George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo expertly finished to put Gor Mahia in the lead. Michael Olunga then got his 4th goal in 4 games after meeting Ronald Omino’s cross in the 28th minute to make it 2 -0 in favor of the Kenyan champions at the halftime break.
Michael Olunga was rested in the second period and was replaced by the rugged Enock Agwanda who has won the hearts of the Gor Mahia faithful with his accurate long throw ins.However, it is Telecom who began looking dangerous as they forced Veteran Gor custodian Jerim Onyango into some good saves. Their pressure finally paid off in the 74th minute when they got their first goal of the tournament after Said Hassan Elmi headed in a free kick past Jerim Onyango to make the score 2-1.However,all their hopes of a comeback were put to the sword after substitute Enock Agwanda knocked home Gor’s third of the game in the 77th minute to ensure the points and the two goal margin for Gor Mahia .They now wait to see which team they will be drawn against in the quarter final-stage after topping the group with 10 points followed by Young Africans(YANGA) who have 9 points.