He was busy making headlines in the local scene, but somehow, his heart was delivering a prayer for Kenya Premier League rivals Gor Mahia to triumph at the Cecafa Kagame Cup across the borders.
Mathare United defender Noah Abich is having a double toast this weekend after watching Gor Mahia advance to the 2015 Cecafa Kagame Cup finals, while also giving his team in the league.
The difference maker
The veteran defender scored the only goal, a 44th minute free kick, that helped his side Mathare United beat Tusker 1-0 in a league match, Friday evening.
Before that, the former Brewer had seen Gor Mahia advance to the finals at the Cecafa Kagame Cup after a 3-1 defeat of Sudanese Al Khartoum.
“I cannot hide my joy after seeing a Kenyan club do so well in such a competitive tournament,” Abich told Fourfourtwomedia.com in the aftermath of his match-winning show.
“When any local club goes for an international tournament, they become like our national team and we should all rally behind them,” he said.
A Michael Olunga penalty and a top class strike from Innocent Wafula, both delivered in a space of two minutes, saw Gor Mahia take a 2-1 lead to half time. Meddie Kagere wrapped things up with a third goal 10 minutes into the second interval as Kogalo triumphed 3-1 against Al Khartoum and book a final berth against Tanzania’s Azam.
“I am very happy for they have done our country proud and hopefully they’ll bring the trophy back home,” concluded the Mathare man.
Abich has scored 6 goals for Mathare United in the league this season, joint top with winger Eric Johanna. Four of his goals have come from freekicks with the other two being penalties while he has also claimed 6 assists for his team.
No other player in the division has scored as many goals from freekicks and the defender revealed his secret saying: “A freekick for me is like a penalty. When I step up to take one, especially outside the target area, I always know there’s a higher chance of putting it in that missing,” he said.
Gor Mahia keeper Boniface Oluoch, KCB’s Zachariah Onyango and now Tusker’s Duncan Ochieng have all fallen victim to Abich’s freekick proficiency. There are more to come.
Related: Read the Gor Mahia vs Al Khartoum Match Report as well as our Player Ratings
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