Gor’s good run in league leaves Nuttall purring
Not many can argue against Gor Mahia successfully defending their Kenyan Premier League title for the second successive time this season.
Not after their performance on Sunday against Ushuru that saw them win 2-0.
The 14-time Kenya champions continue to show that they are full of guile and gristle and even Ushuru, who have trounced two title contenders in AFC Leopards and Tusker already this season, found it impossible to disrupt Gor’s eight-match unbeaten run.
Kagere and Olunga displayed class yet again, scoring two spectacular goals to leave coach Frank Nuttall purring with satisfaction at the end of the match.
“This, for me, is the best performance of the season. The boys played with the right intensity and this motivates us to continue winning,” Nuttall said in his post-match analysis.
On Saturday, Tusker had been unconvincing in their 1-0 victory against AFC Leopards that saw the brewers rise to fourth in the standings.
Francis Kimanzi’s boys have had a sluggish start to the league with them winning only four of their nine matches so far, but have improved with their last two matches where they have recorded straight victories.
It is a match in which many expected a wider margin of victory from the brewers, considering that Ingwe players had sat out training a whole week demanding salaries owed to them by the club.
Tusker coach Francis Kimanzi even conceded publicly that he had expected more from the match, but said that he is building the team’s confidence and composure which had been eroded by their sluggish start to the season.
SLOW DOWN GAME
“I specifically instructed the boys to slow down the game because although the opponents hadn’t trained collectively, I was sure that the players had been training individually so I advised them against making unnecessary runs. However, I feel we deserved more from the match considering the number of chances we created,” he said.
But Ingwe weren’t the only team that relinquished points at the weekend. Western Stima also lost 1-0 to Muhoroni Youth in a match that was halted for 20 minutes due to fan trouble.
Chemelil Sugar also suffered a terrible 3-1 defeat away against Sony Sugar, who have now climbed to sixth place in the log with 14 points from eight matches.
The Thika United’s resurgence also continued to play out at the weekend when they beat Nairobi City Stars by a solitary goal at their Thika Municipal Stadium home ground.