Gor Mahia FC registered a comprehensive 4-1 drubbing of their arch rivals AFC Leopards in a Mashemeji Derby staged on Sunday 10th November in a well attended clash staged at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani.
The win now takes Gor Mahia back to the Kenya Premier League (KPL) summit.Latest capture Yikpe Gnamian scored a brace while two more goals from Lawrence Juma and Cliffton Miheso spoilt Ingwe’s afternoon.
Leopards earned a free-kick in the 7th minute and had John Makwatta taking it but Gor defender Bernard Ondiek blocked it for a corner kick.
Yikpe’s 17th-minute attempt at a loop could have given Gor the lead but Ingwe Keeper Benjamin Ochan was equal to it. Few minutes later, the Gor new sensation went up for a bicycle kick in the 27th minute but this too agonizingly went over the bar.
Leopards came close to scoring after 30 minutes when hardworking Soter Kayumba’s header hit the upright with Gor Keeper David Mapigano well beaten.
Earlier after 30 minutes,AFC Leopards suffered a major blow after enterprising Collins Sichenje was injured.He had to be wheeled off for medical check up.He was replaced by Austine Odhiambo.The two teams went into the break tied at 0-0.
Gor gave Ingwe a death warrant in the 56th minute when Kenneth Muguna found Yikpe whose speedy run caught Leopards defenders napping before slamming the ball home past Uganda born Keeper Benjamin Ochan.
Encouraged,Gor went for the kill and it came as no surprise when Yikpe bounced back yet again with the second goal in the 64th minute after combining well with Cliffton Miheso for a 2-0 lead.
Miheso ensured his name appeared in the score sheet when he scored the third goal in the 79th minute to send Gor fans into frenzy.
After making few changes in the second half, Leopards pulled one back through Tresor Ndikumana whose 83rd minute rasping shot from 30 meters beat Gor Mahia defence including Goalkeeper David Mapigano.
Leopards defence was yet again caught up with their pants down in the 89th minute when Lawrence Juma made it 4-1 with a clever volley that gave K’Ogallo maximum points and the bragging rights.
In other KPL matches, Wazito FC woes continued to bite further as they went down 2-1 to Sofapaka in a KPL showdown staged at the Narok Stadium.
It was a nice outing for acting coach John Barasa who began his third stint as head coach following the stepping aside of head coach Divaldo Alves.
Brian Nyakhan and Kepha Aswani were on target for “Batoto Ba Mungu “while Joe Waithira pulled one back for Wazito.
Barasa has twice handled Sofapaka on an acting capacity in 2009 KPL season and again in the mid-season when he replaced Wazito coach Mellis Medo.
Elsewhere,Ulinzi Stars edged battle hardened Bandari with a solitary goal scored by veteran Oscar Wamalwa in the 12th minute which turned out to be the fourth win of the season.
Zoo Kericho capitalized on their home ground advantage to edge Nzoia Sugar 2-1 while Nicholas Muyoti’s Kakamega Homeboys trounced visiting Western Stima 2-0.
KPL Sunday results- Gor Mahia 4 AFC Leopards 1,KK Homeboys 2 Western Stima 0,Sofapaka 2 Wazito 1,Ulinzi Stars 1 Bandari 0, Zoo Kericho 2 Nzoia Sugar 1.