Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia rose to third place on the standings following a 2 – 1 win over KCB at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday 22 September.
Gor Mahia, with a game in hand, kept their place as the only team on a perfect run, with a sublime display that was christened by goals from the newly signed Ghanaian forward Francis Afriyie and midfielder Lawrence Juma.
That was before former Gor Mahia forward Enock Agwanda slammed home to half the deficit from the penalty spot.
For Gor Mahia, it was always a straight forward chase for the opener and wasted no time in stamping their authority with Afriyie sending Gor ahead in the 13th minute after positioning himself well to slam home a low cross from Wellington Ochieng.
Gor Mahia doubled their lead in the 31st minute after a poorly cleared corner met a waiting Juma at the edge of the box and slammed well past a hapless Bankers’ keeper.
However, in the 37th minute, Wellington Ochieng fouled Steven Waruru in the box to hand KCB a penalty, which Agwanda converted to throw the Bankers a lifeline.
The only low for Gor in the opening half was the injury to Afriyie in the 36th minute and he had to be stretchered off, to be replaced by Samuel Onyango.
Onyango would go on to get the ball to the back of the net in the second half but it wouldn’t count as he had handled the ball in the build up.
Late on in the game, Agwanda and Juma had a tiff as they tussled for possession and nearly came to blows before referee David Mulongo brought the situation under control, with the two players getting booked.
After the match, Gor Mahia settle at third on the standings, with six points from two matches, one point below the leading the leading duo – Kakamega Homeboyz and Bandari FC who picked wins over Kariobangi Sharks and Sony Sugar respectively.