Gor down Homeboyz to return top

Gor Mahia'a Francis Afriye (left) tussles for the ball with Kakamega Homeboy's Festus Okiring during KPL match at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on November 21/2019.

Gor Mahia FC will stay put at the top of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table standings after a dominant 3-0 win over visiting Kakamega Homeboyz FC at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu. This was a Week 10 KPL fixture that was played from 4 pm Kenyan time.

Despite putting up a brave face in the opening stanzas, Homeboyz were taken down by goals from former player Charles Momanyi, Francis Afriyie and an own goal from Festus Okiring.

Homeboyz’s defensive formation in the midfield proved hard to break for Gor Mahia in the opening exchanges. Moses Mudavadi and Steven Wakanya had been tasked to play just ahead or Moses Chikati and the duo combined well to thwart any build-up play that involved Gor duo of Lawrence Juma and Tobias Omondi.

In the 12th minute, David Odhiambo broke through the hosts’ left flank and brought in a cut-back that was met by Wakanya- his shot, however, found traffic on its way and was deflected for a corner kick.

Scrappy play from both teams ensued for a better part of the opening half-hour followed, and the first card went to Chikati for a foul on Juma.

Everything looked towards a barren opening half when Charles Momanyi met a loose ball in the box following a corner kick and fired home for 1-0 in the 45th minute.

Gor took the slim lead into the break.

Moses Mudavadi could have drawn the visitors back level when after just three minutes of the second half played, was set up well by Allan Wanga but saw his shot go wide. They would pay for this.

Shami Mwinyi came in for Wakanya as coach Nicholas Muyoti sought a way back into the match.

Francis Afriyie, silent for a better part of the game, was at the right spot when Clifton Miheso’s cross ball was missed by Gislein Yikpe. The Ghanaian pounced on the ball and fired at the far post for 2-0. 53 minutes had been played up to this point.

Two changes were made by each team at the hour mark. Muyoti pulled off David Odhiambo and in his place threw in Stephen Etyang. Coach Steve Pollack, on the other hand, took off Yikpe Gnamien for Samuel Onyango.

In the 69th minute, Homeboyz went further down when Kenneth Muguna’s long-range attempt from the right flank was sunk further into the net by Festus Okiring. A moment of uncertainty ensued after this goal as center referee Davis Omweno had to consult his second assistant in order to clear the goal. 3-0 it counted.

Ronald Omino was Muyoti’s last roll of the dice as he took Peter Thiong’os place in a bid to upset his former employers.

The visitors had exhausted their changes at this point and had to fight tooth and nail to at least control the damage. This was way beyond reach and Gor won 3-0.

The win takes Gor to 21 points from 8 matches, two less than their competitors at the top; Ulinzi Stars (19), Kenya Commercial Bank and Tusker each at 18.