Gor Mahia finally caught up with the competition as far as games played in the Kenyan Premier League are concerned with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chemelil Sugar at the Afraha Stadium, Thursday afternoon.
Fixture congestion (brought about by participation in regional tournaments), saw the title holders forced play at least every 48 hours since the month of August began. Against a deep-sitting Chemelil, Kogalo needed a 77th minute goal from substitute Eliud Ekadeli Lokuwam who drilled home at the turn inside the box.
It was the youngster’s maiden goal for Gor Mahia who signed him from Kenyatta University last year, having impressed with Ulinzi Juniors who had just won the KPL U20 championship in the year.
Kogalo, missing the creativity of Francis Kahata, the steelness of Harun Shakava and the passing vision of Humphrey Mieno, all rested, saw a lot of the ball nevertheless but struggled to break their defence until Lokuwam pounced.
Innocent Wafula threaded a ball between the two Chemelil centerhalves which sent the whole defence into panic. Keeper Richard Aimo rushed off his line to try help his defence out but totally missed the ball and Lokuwam had the easy job of reacting quickest and bundling it home.
The victory sees Dylan Kerr’s men, with 65 points, open an unassailable 17-point gap atop the log table.
Up next for them.is a crucial CAF Confederation Cup battle against Rwandese side Rayon Sports this Sunday, August 19 at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.
By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster 88)