Owalo lauds Gor Mahia for winning unpreceedented 20th league title
Gor Mahia FC have claimed an unpreceedented 20th Kenyan Premier League title.
K’Ogalo, as the champions are otherwise referred to, survived a final day scare against Nairobi City Stars to post a straight forward 4-1 win in an entertaining clash at the Moi International Sports, Centre, Kasarani, to claim the historic title.
The result means Tusker, who pushed Gor Mahia all the way to the final day of the season, setytle for second place in the league standings after thrashing already relegated Vihiga Bullets 4-0 at the Mumias Sports Complex.
Police settled for third place, while Nzoia, KCB, Bandari and AFC Leopards finished fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
Meanwhile, Mathare and Vihiga Bullets suffered relegation to the second-tier National Super League (NSL), while Wazito status in the top-flight will be known after theu successfully negotiate a play-off against a yet to be known NSL opponent.
Tusker were relying on a Gor Mahia slip-up, preferably a loss or even a draw, and a win to claim the championship through the back door.
But it wasnt to be.
In Nairobi, a charged Gor Mahia, managed by Northern Irishman Jonathan McKinstry, and whose fan base was buoyed by an early morning rallying call by ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo, struggled at first, but turned the tables to blow apart City Stars courtesy of goals from Benson Omalla, Peter Lwasa, Austin Odhiambo and Alpha Onyango.
“Congratulations to Gor Mahia for winning the 2023 FKF Premier League after trouncing Nairobi City Stars 4-1 at Kasarani. I look foward to hosting the team tomorrow,” Owalo posted.
This result also ensures Gor Mahia will represent Kenya in the 2023/2024 Caf Champions League, a lucrative continental tournament reserved for African teams that win their respective league titles.
And in Mumias, Tusker, handled by a no-nonesense Robert Matano did their bit, but fell short.
The brewers scored through Deogratius Ojok after five minutes, before additional goals from Shami Mwinyi at the stroke of half-time, plus a brace from Stewart Omondi sealed the deal.
Matano fingered the loss of points against Wazito and Posta Rangers earlier in the season as the turning point in the league title race.
Tusker though, will be accorded a second bite of the cherry as far as winning a trophy this season is concerned, when they confront a vastly improved Kakamega Homeboyz in the final of the Mozzartbet Cup. The winner of this clash will represent the country in the Caf Confederation Cup.