Troubled Gor Mahia remain winless
George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo scored twice within two minutes before half time but his double act could not inspire rusty Gor Mahia to a maiden win in the 2016 Kenyan Premier League.
The reigning champions settled for a 2-2 draw in an absorbing match against Nairobi City Stars on Saturday at the Nyayo National Stadium.
Jimmy Bageya, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Thursday, put City Stars head in the 43rd minute with brilliant solo effort after weaving his way past the entire K’Ogalo defence to beat Jerim Onyango on his near left post.
Bageya’s goal however did not last as Odhiambo, the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2010, struck two quick fire goals a minute later to hand Gor a 2-1 lead at the break.
Odhiambo’s first goal was a simple strike from the box before he added another on the stroke of half time, sweeping home the ball from a Godfrey Walusimbi cross.
The first half was however a tale of missed chances in a match that either side would have won. In the second half, City Stars came back tactfully siting back to absorb the pressure from Gor Mahia.
“I thank the Lord. It was a great game. To get a point from the champions is good enough. The pep talk at half time worked for us,” City Stars John “Bobby” Ogolla said.
Ogolla was playing his former employers for the first time since he parted ways with them in December.
The results leaves Gor Mahia winless thus far season with four draws and a loss.
Summarised KPL Results
Ulinzi Stars 1 Western Stima 1
City Stars 2 Gor Mahia 2
Kakamega Homeboyz 2 Posta Rangers 1