Gor Mahia on the verge of retaining top eight honour

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Holders Gor Mahia are 90 minutes away from retaining the Kenyan Premier League Top 8 knockout tournament trophy.
The sizzling Gor all but confirmed their place in the final after hitting Tusker 3-0 on aggregate to set up a meeting with Muhoroni Youth who forced a one-all -draw against Ulinzi Stars at the weekend to sail through on away- goal rule.
Prior to making their way to the semis, Gor kicked out a stubborn Ushuru 1-0 at the quarters while Tusker edged out Bandari 2-1.
The brewers, who have showed much intent of stopping K’Ogalo were however no match for Gor who oozed class and confidence in both legs to shut them out.
Jacques Tuyisinge– the Rwandan striker acquired at the beginning of the term from Rayon Sports scored the opener in the first leg before the burly Enock Agwanda nodded in the winner.
And in the rematch last Sunday, it was left to dead ball specialist Francis Kahata to curl in a beauty of a free kick to confirm Gor’s dominance over the brewers.
Tusker coach Paul Nkata was not amused by his boys display in the two legs: “As usual, we began lousily only to come back in the game in the second half when it was all lost,” he moaned in a post-match interview.
The brewers, try as they may could not boss proceedings and their tactical formation gave them away.
In the first leg for instance, Nkata deployed long balls in the first half only to change tact to crisp, short passes after the breather, but still they fell into Gor’s trap leading to the comprehensive beating.
Then, there is the element of want- away midfielder Humphrey Mieno, who played in both legs, coming off the bench in the rematch.
Mieno, by all standards has had his mind twisted by the interest from K’Ogalo and could not give his best.
However, Tusker skipper James Situma opines that defeat can be attributed to a litany of factors among them injuries that has ravaged the squad.
“We have been hampered by injuries and a number of players including myself, were forced to play while not fully recovered,” he said.
Muhoroni on the other hand will draw satisfaction for reaching their first ever cup final.
Since earning promotion to the top tier league in 2012, the sugar millers have held their own performing beyond expectations which culminated in sealing a berth to the Top 8 tournament last term after finishing in the top eight bracket.
And their caretaker coach, former international, Tom Juma was pleased: “I’m very happy to reach the final .It was a tough match (against Ulinzi Stars) but we took one chance of the many we created .It is the first time the club is reaching a final and it tells the distance we have made,” he said.
For Tusker and Ulinzi, they’ll go back to the drawing board to plot on how to bounce back in the league competition.
Ulinzi won the inaugural competition in 2011 while Tusker claimed back to back victories in 2013 and 2014.

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