Gor Mahia edges Tusker in Kisumu thriller

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) defending champions Gor Mahia started their 2019/20 campaign on a winning note, albeit with a few questions on their performance in the 5 – 2 win over Tusker at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday 31 August.

The game was billed a top drawer clash for the opening weekend of the season and it didn’t disappoint. as Boniface Muchiri scored two great goals hoping to spark a comeback for Tusker but goals from Nicholas Kipkirui, Charles Momanyi, Boniface Omondi, and a Kenneth Muguna brace settled it.

Kipkirui heroics

Kipkirui should have handed Gor Mahia a very early lead but his follow up on a spilled ball by Robert Mboya was high, even though it had a hint of offside in it.

Kipkirui would however make amends in the 26th minute, benefitting from a Gabriel Wandera error on the right side. The striker shielded the ball well and burst in with pace before slamming past Robert Mboya at the far post.

Three minutes after Kipkirui’s goal, Gor Mahia went close to a second after Lawrence Juma’s rasping shot took a deflection off Wandera and hit the lost well past Mboya.

Muchiri equalizer

Tusker took cue and and for a while dominated the game and were duly rewarded in the 37th minute after Jackson Macharia picked Muchiri with a pin point pass and Muchiri did well to turn inside four markers and fire a beauty past David Mapigano in the Gor Mahia goal.

The teams went to the break level at 1 – 1 but that changed just five minutes in. Gabriel Wandera was once again on the wrong, felling Wellington Ochieng in the box to give away a penalty.

Kenneth Muguna stepped up to take it and though his initial attempt was saved by Mboya, he followed up to direct home the rebound.

Muchiri screamer

Tusker were not done. In the 61st minute, and after a speedy interplay from their area, Muchiri spotted Mapigano off his line and from a good 30 yards out, fired past him for the equalizer.

Gor Mahia regrouped again and had their lead restored in the 66th minute when Muguna played in a free kick for Charles Momanyi to head home after the onrushing Mboya had missed the ball.

Muguna brace

Muguna secured the points in the 81st minute after pulling behind the Tusker defence to pick a pass from Wellington Ochieng. He created good space and a great first touch aided too before he picked his spot past Mboya.

Boniface Omondi would hit the final nail on a dejected Tusker FC side after sneaking in on the blind side to pick the ball and score from close range.