Kagame Cup: Gor Mahia Crash Telecom to Top Group A

‘Engineer’ Micheal Olunga scored his fourth goal at the CECAFA Kagame Cup as a much-weakened Gor Mahia FC brushed off Djibouti Telecom 3-1 in their last group A match played on Sunday at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Seeking only a point, Kogalo who last won the prestigious tournament in 1985, got off the blocks quickly with George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo tearing the Telecom defence with his blistering pace. 

Blackberry Opener

Blackberry, as he is commonly known, opened his account in the 13th minute after he beat his markers from the left flank to drive home a ferocious shot past a hapless Jeff Inzokira to make it 1-0.

Kogalo continued pressing hard and the pressure yielded yet another goal, the man of the moment, ‘Engineer’ Olunga bagging his fourth of the tournament with a trademark finish. The Technical University student combined well with Ronald Omino to make it 2-0 after 28 minutes.

The two-goal lead was as comfortable as it could get for Kogalo who headed for the breather on top. 

Second half

The second half was a dull affair with Kogalo opting to knock the ball around in a relaxed manner. Victor Ali Abondo missed an earlier opportunity and Enock Agwanda followed suit midway into the second half. Gor Mahia keeper Jerim Onyango who was barely untested for much of the opening half was first called into action in the 71st minute when he was rounded by Said Hassan Elm, but the Djibouti striker couldn’t find the net with Onyango well beaten.

Telecom pilled the pressure and were rewarded in the 74th minute when Elmi headed home a freekick past Onyango to reduce the deficit. 

The goal seemed to have woken up the 14-time Kenyan champions who scored their third through Agwanda, just three minutes after Telecom’s goal. 

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