Defending Sport Pesa Premier League champions Gor Mahia will wait a little longer for their first win of the 2016 season after they were held to a 2-2 draw by hard-fighting Nairobi City Stars at the Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday March 12, 2016.
It was another case of too many chances not utilized again for Kogalo who played the match under caretaker boss Frank Ouna, who couldn’t inspire his side to their first full points of the season.
The hosts, coached by former Kogalo tactician John Bobby Ogola, were dangerous from the off thanks to Jimmy Bageya’s bag of tricks and burning pace that stretched the Gor Mahia defence.
It was the reigning champions who had the earlier chances though with George Odhiambo and Enock Agwanda coming close with point blank opportunities which they should have buried but somehow failed to.
Goals did not come until after the 40th minute of the game when Bageya danced his way past the Kogalo defence, beating Haroun Shakava and Karim Nizigiyimana before squeezing past Jerim Onyango at the near post.
The goal awakened the sleeping Kogalo, or at least their shooting boots, and they replied two minutes later through George Odhiambo who tapped in from close range following good work from Enock Agwanda and some erratic goalkeeping from City Stars’ Victor Omondi. The inspired Odhiambo got his second at the stroke of halftime when he finished off a nice team move with a sweet volley to give his side the half time lead.
Where were the fans?
The few (by their standards) Kogalo fans who turned up for the match must have thought they will have the last laugh over the majority who failed to show up but they got shell-shocked in the 66th minute when substitute Joel Tata capitalized on poor defending to restore parity.
Stand-in coach Frank Ouna withdrew Geoffrey Walusimbi for Ronald Omino and Agwanda for Jacob Keli but they could not help swing the tide.
It was a tale of missed chances, misplaced passes and lack of ideas in the final third of the pitch, with the title holders leaving with a point for the fourth time in five matches.
The struggle, continues.
Nairobi City Stars Starting XI: Victor Omondi 13, Joshua Mawira 5, Calvin Masawa 8, John Amboko 27, Arthur Museve 18, Oscar Mbugua 11, Peter Mwangi 15, Oliver Maloba 21, Daniel Otieno 9, Jimmy Bageya 50, Ezekiel Omulo 23
Subs: Fredrick Majani 20, Kelvin Odhiambo 6, Iddi Shikanda 28, Yusuf Suf 25, Joel Tata 22 , Mustafa Suma 3, Samuel Wailler 17
Gor Mahia Starting XI: 1. Jerim Onyango -GK (Cpt), 14. Karim Nizigiyimana, 21. Eric Ouma, 5. Musa Mohammed, 18. Harun Shakava, 6. Collins Okoth, 10. Khalid Aucho, 8. Francis Kahata, 2. Godfrey Walusimbi, 24. Enock Agwanda, 25. George Odhiambo.
Subs: 23. Bonface Oluoch -GK, 22. Jackson Saleh, 7. Ronald Omino, 26. Luke Ochieng, 29. innocent Wafula, 20. Ernest Wendo, 27. Jacob Keli.