Gor Mahia topscorer Michael Olunga netted a brace, set up another and rattled the crossbar as he led his side to a 3-1 defeat of Zanzibar side KMKM in their second Kagame Cup Group A match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Monday.
The lanky forward set up Meddie Kagere’s opening goal for the Kenyan champions before netting a brace in second half to guide his team to a second straight win, having beaten Tanzania’s Yanga SC 2-1 in their opening match last Saturday.
Quick off the blocks
Gor Mahia made a dream start to the game with Kagere slotting home an Olunga pass with just two minutes on the clock. The goal rattled KMKM but they regrouped fast and poured forward for an equalizer.
KMKM forward Antony Mateo Saimon was proving to be their main threat and he came close to getting the equalizer in the 9th minute but his effort hit the side netting.
However, Gor Mahia failed to interpret the warning signs and were hit with a sucker punch just two minutes later when an unmarked Saimon headed a corner ball past Boniface Oluoch to draw his team level just two minutes later.
Thereafter, the two teams embarked on a more cagey approach with little chances created. Kogalo midfielder Khalid Aucho was given a yellow card in the 32nd minute when he fouled Nassor Ali Omar just outside the 18-yard box but the resulting free kick failed to trouble Oluoch.
Captain Musa Mohammed was the second to get in the referee’s book just 5 minutes later after another foul on Ali Omar as the Kenyan champions struggled to keep up with the speed and silky passing of their opponents.
Oluoch was forced to a smart save just three minutes to the interval to ensure the his side went into the breather 1-1 draw.
Gor Mahia resumed from the half time break on fire and almost scored again from the restart but KMKM keeper Salum Ali pulled a triple save to deny Olunga, Kagere and Haroun Shakava, one after another.
Coach Frank Nuttall pulled off the ineffective Ronald Omino for Erick Ochieng, while Godfrey Walusimbi followed suit with Enock Agwanda making his entrance.
The double substitution had the Islanders panting to keep with the Gor Mahia who looked reenergized.
Olunga restores lead
With the duo on the pitch, Gor Mahia regained their lead, Olunga leaping above all to head in a Karim Nizigiyimana cross in the 68th minute to make it 2-1. The lanky forward would have doubled his goal tally almost immediately but his effort rattled the bar with KMKM keeper beaten.
Olunga wouldn’t be denied his second goal though which he found in the 75th minute from an Agwanda throwing, his third goal in two matches. The win sent the back-to-back Kenya Premier League champions and current league leaders to the quarterfinals and a step closer to winning the Kagame cup title for the first time in 30 years.
Earlier on, Teddy Akumu’s Sudanese side Al-Khartoum thrashed Djibouti Telecom 5-0 thanks to a brace from Osman Bilal as well as goals from Ousmaila Baba, Murwan Abdallah and Wagdi Abdalla.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Musa Mohammed, Abouba Sibomana, Karim Nizigiyimana, Harun Shakava, Khalid Aucho, Godfrey Walusimbi, Ali Abondo, Ronald Omino, Meddie Kagere, Michael Olunga
KMKM Starting XI: Nassor, Khamis, Chomba, Pandu, Idrissa, Alhuman, Saimon, Mbwana, Mwalim, Ibrahim, Ali Omar
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Kasarani Sub branch's Nairobi Governor Cup Champions Terror Squad and Makadara Champions Makongeni Youth have made it to the semifinals of the Nairobi Governors Cup County Championships Nairobi East Zone. Also through are Kamkunjis best Jijazie FC and Babadogo's Korogocho Youth
Terror Squad played out a 1-1 draw with Korogocho Youth at the Kariobangi North Primary School, a result that was enough for both teams to qualify. Army man Enock Mogire was on target for Terror Squad while Korogocho’s goal was netted by America Jawa
At the City Stadium, Makongeni Youth confirmed their place in the last four with a 2-1 win over a dominant Reuben United. Goals from Kennedy Otieno and Godrick Juma did the job for Makongeni, with Adams Usama’s equalizer at the stroke of halftime for Reuben United ending up as a mere consolation
Jijazie had earlier on thumped Kinsan FC 3-0. Morvo Papalai, James Okello and Vincent Nasa were on target for Jijazie
Kamkunji's Golden Angels were winners in the girls’ category, brushing aside Soweto Queens 5-0. Grace Achieng, Sheila Rono, Catherine Achieng, Evelyn Juma and Jess Wangari were on the score sheet for the victorious. The match between Mukuru Talents and Nairobi County Queens FC ended in a 0-0 stalemate
At Kariobangi North Primary School, Kariobangi Sports Ladies managed a 2-0 win over Star-started Kayole Starlets JNR. Diana Wacera and Mercy Achieng were on target for the victors, who consequently qualify for the quarterfinals. Girls Unlimited edged out Street revolution 2-0 in the other match played at the same venue
Terror Squad a.k.a The Red Eagles will face Makongeni Youth in the first semifinal of the Nairobi East Zone, while Jijazie FC will be up against Korogocho Youth in the other semifinal
The winner from the Nairobi East Zone will face her Nairobi West branch counterparts in the grand finale, whose winner will pocket kshs 1.5 Million, with the losing finalist taking home kshs 1 Million.
The losing finalists from both zones will square it out in a third-place play-off which has a kshs 500,000 token at stake
The top scorer, best goalkeeper and Most Valuable Player will each take home kshs 250,000 each.
Nairobi East Zone Results
Jijazie FC 3-0 Kinsan FC
Makongeni Youth FC 2-1 Reuben United FC
Kariobangi Sports FC 2-0 Githurai United
Terror Squad FC 1-1 Korogocho Youth
Kariobangi Sports Ladies 2-0 Kayole Starlets
Girls Unlimited 2-0 Street revolution
Golden Angels 5-0 Soweto Queens
Mukuru Talents 0-0 Nairobi County
After weeks of negotiations, AFC Leopards have completed the signing of midfielder Victor Majid from Chemelil Sugar.
The Kenyan international emerged as a prime transfer target for Ingwe recently, and having been in talks with the 12 time Kenyan champions side since the beginning of the transfer window a deal has now been struck.
Chemelil had initially wanted Ksh 500,000 for the 25-year-old, but it seems that a compromise has been agreed.
It turns out they were very advanced, and the player is now due to travel to Nairobi to finalize the deal.
Majid, known for his hard tackling and precise passing will be Ingwe’s fourth capture this transfer window after they signed Keziron Kizito, Alexis Kitenge and Mussa Mudde last week.
Kitenge’s signing is still up in the wind after it emerged that he still has a deal with Altetico Football club. The two sides are still locked up in negotiations. The club is also keen to resigning former point man Kepha Aswani from Nakumatt, just six months after ditching the club for Nakumatt FC. Fourfourtwomedia can confirm that talks have already taken place and a deal will be announced any time this week. Leopards who are eyeing a top 8 finish in the league are also eyeing a loan move for Tusker foward Michael Khamati. It is believed that incoming coach Tom Juma wants to reunite with Khamati, whom he worked with at National Super League side (NSL) Administration Police FC.
Meanwhile Ingwe have confirmed that striker Mungai Kiongera will leave the club after talks of renewing his contract stalled. Captain Bernard Mang’oli is meanwhile talking to the club to have his contract extended.
After seeing their seven match unbeaten run come to an abrupt end on Saturday at the Police Band grounds, South B, thanks to a shock 3-2 loss to minnows Zion Fc, AFC Leopards Youth came into the Sunday evening clash against Kibera’s Alswafa at the Woodley grounds needing all three points to rekindle their dented run.
And the Boniface Ambani led boys did just that, storming to a 4-1 half time lead. The Cubs coach Boniface Ambani rung several changes to his squad that had lost to Zion Fc, with John Karissa replacing Mungai Majani in goal. Francis Maina came into the right back position in the absence of the injured captain Stephano Tololwa, in the heart of midfield saw Dempsey replace Wafula Wekesa, and on the left flank Maxwel Fundi filled in for the ill-missing left footed winger, Kevin Otieno.
Leopards started the match on a high pegging the home side, Alswafa in their half and it didn’t take long before Valdo Madegwa connected well with Austin Ochieng to give Leopards the lead. Soon after the first goal, the ever industrious Valencia added Leopards second goal after going past Alswafa’s backline. Minutses latter, Austin Ochieng once again proved he is a dead ball specialist with a well taken free kick which left the Alswafa goal keeper well beaten for Cubs third goal.
Austin, would again turn provider minutes later as his pinpoint cross was nodded in by the Zoo Kericho bound central defender Hillary Minishi. The match seem at this point destined for a 0-4 halftime break but the cubs defence failed to deal with a cross from the right which eventually found its way to an unmarked Alswafa striker for a easy tap in to an empty net.
The second half saw both sides try to get a goal but both defenses stood their ground as the match ended for the cubs. The win means that Afc Leopards youth top the table with 22 points, seven wins a draw and a loss.