Stubborn Nzoia Sugar slow down Gor Mahia’s title charge in Homabay

9th December 2023

The sugar millers denied Gor a chance of going five points cleat at the top of the table.

  • Gor had to come back from a 0-2 deficit to salvage a point against Nzoia.
  • Ugandan international Patrick Kaddu and Benson Omalla scored for Gor Mahia.
  • Nairobi City Stars continued with their good form when they overcame coastal based side Bandari.

Record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia FC produced a brilliant comeback to pick a vital point against Nzoia Sugar at the Raila Odinga Stadium in Homa Bay on Saturday, December 9.

The Jonathan McKinstry coached side fell behind with just 10 minutes gone when Barisa Mohamed put Nzoia Sugar ahead after receiving a pass from Joseph Oyugi.

After the goal, Gor Mahia tried their best to get the equalizer but their opponents had other plans for them.

Mohamed got his second of the day in the 31st minute which silenced the K’Ogalo fans who had turned out in considerable numbers to support their beloved club.

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Nzoia Sugar looked the better side as the match went on, playing beautiful football and doing a good defensive job to protect their lead.

However, a slight loss of concentration allowed Patrick Kaddu to pull one back for Gor Mahia at the stroke of halftime. 

The goal made K’Ogalo players hungrier for more goals as they launched attack after attack on the solid Nzoia defense at the start of the second half.

The constant pressure eventually paid off with less than 15 minutes gone into the second half when Gor were awarded a penalty.

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FKFPL top scorer Benson Omalla coolly converted the spot kick to complete the comeback and, in the process, increased his tally to 9 goals.

Nzoia Sugar midfielder Harun Thomas bagged the man of the match award in that entertaining encounter.

In other matches staged on Saturday, Murang’a Seal and Ulinzi Stars shared spoils at the SportPesa Arena.

The soldiers were the first to get into the score sheet in the 31st minute through reliable forward Mark Bikokwa with Murang’a Seal’s equalizer coming in the 79th minute thanks to Awita Batts’ clinical finish. 

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Meanwhile, KCB were held to a barren draw at home by a determined FC Talanta side. The Bankers custodian Gabriel Andika was forced to make a couple of huge saves to prevent the visitors from finding the back of the net. 

Elsewhere, Nairobi City Stars continued with their good form when they overcame coastal based side Bandari 1-0 at the Ruaraka Stadium with the solitary goal of the game scored by Asenwa Robinson.

A number of crunch ties are in store for Sunday with second-placed side Posta Rangers battling it out with former champions Tusker FC.

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AFC Leopards will travel to Bidco United while Muhoroni Youth and Police FC are expected to entertain each other in Western Kenya. 

Sofapaka will face a strong Kariobangi Sharks as Kakamega Homeboyz welcome Shabana FC at the Bukhungu Stadium.

FKFPL match week 14

Saturday results

Gor Mahia 1 - 1 Nzoia Sugar

Murang’a Seal 1 - 1 Ulinzi Stars

Nairobi City Stars 1 - 0 Bandari FC

KCB 0 - 0 FC Talanta