Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi scored twice as record champions Gor Mahia made it to the Sportpesa Shield quarters with a 3-1 defeat of Posta Rangers at the Kasarani Stadium, Wednesday (25) evening.
Ade was one of the beneficiaries of head coach Dylan Kerr’s much changed XI which was captained by fullback Wellington Ochieng who played his first full match after recovering from an injury he sustained in April.
Omondi gave Kogalo the lead after 34 minutes, robbing a hesitant Joackins Atudo of the ball before easily beating Boniface Barasa in Posta’s goal. Atudo thought he had all the time in the world when a punted ball from Kogalo keeper Shaban Odhoji was chested to the Posta captain by fullback Simon Mbugua. Ade was lurking though and after putting pressure on Atudo who couldn’t control the pass, the Kenyan international panicked and lost possession to the forward who easily beat the keeper.
Ade stretched the 10-time champion’s lead 7 minutes after the breather when his effort from the right beat Barasa who could have surely done better. The keeper initially did well, diving low to keep out a one-on-one situation with Lawrence Juma who had beaten the offside trap.
Kogalo retrieved the ball and Ade picked it down the right, beat two markers as he raced towards the right by line. His intended cross from the tightest of angles however fooled Barasa who could only get a faint touch and help the ball home, the away side going 2-0 up.
Posta should have halved the deficit much earlier but Cavin Odongo hit the post unmarked. Although they threatened minimally, the introduction of the pint-sized Gerishon Likono had Kogalo in the back foot during the second stanza.
Likono injected pace and trickery in the Rangers attack as Kogalo keeper Shaban Odhoji began making more and more saves.
That Paul Odhiambo pulled one back three minutes after the hour, dinking the ball over an exposed Odhoji didn’t come as a surprise. The lanky forward kept his run in perfect check before making a great finish from Joseph Mbugi’s lofted ball over a flat-footed Kogalo defence.
However, Samuel Onyango restored Kogalo’s two-goal lead, starting a move from midfield before finding the far corner with 20 minutes of play left.
Likono tested Odhoji with a powerful shot from the edge of area but the hosts didn’t create enough to trouble the league leaders who joined nemeses AFC Leopards in the last 8.
Kogalo’s quarterfinal opponents will be last year’s losing finalists Kariobangi Sharks who, rallied from behind to win 3-1 at Modern Coast Rangers.
Other quarterfinalists include Riverplate FC, Ulinzi Stars, Tusker and Sofapaka.
By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)