Ochieng glad to mark Kisumu return with a crucial goal

Geoffrey Okoth Ochieng’s first goal for Gor Mahia FC saw the Kenyan champions put a firm grip on the leadership of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) standings. A hard-fought 2-1 win in Kisumu, the victory over Nzoia Sugar FC on Monday 1st April couldn’t have come at a better venue than where he honed his skills in his teenage years.

The former Palos and Western Stima left-back had however, to be re-deployed in the first half and found himself marshaling the midfield. At 1-1, and in a new frontier, he says he could only work to give his best.

”It was not an easy match and I am glad we got the important three points. Such wins are sweeter because they show you that hard work pays,” he says.

The 22 year old started the clash in the his usual left-back position but had to switch later on when Ugandan Batambuze Shafik was brought on. After numerous attempts on goal by the home side Gor, a goal finally came through a bullet header from Ochieng who was playing in Kisumu for the first time since leaving Western Stima.

Ochieng (L) celebrates his winner with teammate Lawrence Juma [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]

It’s like a blessing to him he says, to come back home and get an important win.

”Obviously it felt nice to score on my return home. The fact that it was an important goal even makes it better and I hope I can get a few more before the season ends,” he adds.

Ochieng, who made his Gor Mahia debut in their 1-0 loss to Kariobangi Sharks in December last year, has also turned out twice for the champions in continental action- making his debut in a 4-0 flgging by Zamalek in Alexandria before coming on for Hassan Oktay’s side as they made history against Angolan side Petro Atletico iin Nairobi.

K’Ogalo are now five points adrift of 2009 champions Sofapaka FC and are yet to play two more matches in hand. They next take on SoNy Sugar FC on Wednesday in Kisumu.