Muguna, Okello haunt former side as sublime Kenya Police end Gor Mahia's unbeaten run

3rd February 2024

Gor saw their 19-game unbeaten run ended by the law enforcers.

Tito Okello and Kenneth Muguna celebrate scoring against Gor Mahia. PHOTO| FKFPL
Tito Okello and Kenneth Muguna celebrate scoring against Gor Mahia. PHOTO| FKFPL
  • Austin Odhiambo opened the scoring for K'Ogalo after just six minutes.
  • Police scored three goals in the second half to complete the comeback.
  • Tito Okello scored a brace with Kenneth Muguna adding the other goal.

Record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia saw their unbeaten streak in the 23/24 Football Kenya Federation Premier League brought to a cruel end as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of a determined Kenya Police on Saturday afternoon. 

In a game that had been preceded by the dramatic sideshows involving ticket prices, Gor Mahia saw their 19-game unbeaten streak ended painfully by players who had once donned their colours as Kenneth Muguna and Tito Okello combined to score the three goals that ultimately brought K'Ogalo back to earth after a run of 12 wins and seven draws. 

The result was even more agonizing for the K'Ogalo faithful as they saw their unbeaten streak ending right in front of their eyes with Police coming from behind to stage the win, Okello haunting his former employers with a devastating brace.

"We knew we would play a tough team today and so we trained on how to keep the possession and that is what won us the game today. We stayed patient I am glad about how we came back to win," Police Salim Babu remarked after the game.

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"We were generally not good enough in the second half and you have to give credit to Police and Babu Salim because they were the better side and forced us into spaces we did not want to be in and that made it difficult for us.

We will be hurting tonight but next week we will be ready to go," Gor's Johnathan McKinstry said.

In the match, it was Gor Mahia who got the perfect start as Austin Odhiambo, just six minutes in, scored the opener with a cleverly guided low effort that caught the Police backline and keeper off guard. 

However, just two minutes later, Muguna almost provided some instant riposte for his side as he was played through on goal but the Harambee Stars international failed to find the back of the net after some quick reflexes from Kevin Omondi in the Gor goal kept out his effort. 

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The game then settled into an even contest with both sides having their fair share of possession but failing to do anything meaningful with the ball, at least in terms of creating danger. 

It was until the 39th minute that Gor threatened again with Benson Omalla unleashing a long ranger that was parried out for a corner by Patrick Matasi who was left disappointed with the space the league's top scorer had been allowed. 

It is in the second half where Police emerged from the changing rooms a completely different animal.

Try as they may, K'Ogalo failed to get control of possession as the law enforcers pinged the ball around the Gor players with pinpoint precision. 

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Their upped tempo in the match found some deserved breakthrough on the stroke of the hour mark when Muguna slid in to finish an inch-perfect cross by David Okoth. 

Fifteen minutes later, Okello gave Police a first-time lead with a low-powered shot that snuck past Omondi and into the bottom corner. 

The turnaround was complete deep into stoppage time when Francis Kahata showed that class is permanent with an exquisitely chipped pass into Okello's path, the South Sudan international finding the bottom corner to bury his former employers.

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