Num­ber 17, and count­ing!

His­tory writ­ing 'Mighty' Gor Mahia crowned the 2018 Kenyan cham­pi­ons

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SPORT - BY NA­TION TEAM


For the 17th time in Kenyan foot­ball his­tory, lo­cal gi­ants Gor Mahia were crowned the 2018 Sport­pesa Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons yes­ter­day.

K'ogalo were of­fi­cially handed the league tro­phy at Moi Sta­dium, Kisumu with a fi­nal round of matches still to be played.

Be­fore the brief corona­tion cer­e­mony graced by Or­ange Demo­cratic Move­ment leader Raila Odinga at the same venue, the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons were held to a 2-2 draw by a hard-fight­ing Mathare United.

Rwan­dese im­port Jac­ques Tuyisenge and Humphrey Mieno were on tar­get for K'ogalo while Mathare's goals were net­ted by sub­sti­tute Klins­man Omu­langa and Cliff Nyakeya.

The fa­mous Green Army turned out in their num­bers don­ning all man­ner of para­pher­na­lia, paint­ing the lake­side city green be­fore con­verg­ing at the Kisumu sta­dium to wit­ness and be part of their team's new­est mile­stone.

The club's pa­tron Raila Odinga was the chief guest at the event, with other dig­ni­taries present be­ing Gor's chair­man Am­brose Rachier and Kisumu Deputy Gover­nor Mathews Owili. And when skip­per Harun Shakava lifted the tro­phy up, the ju­bi­lant fans ex­ploded into loud cheers and claps, pay­ing trib­ute to the play­ers for an­other year of ex­em­plary per­for­mance. The Gor play­ers were look­ing to put a smile on their sup­port­ers' faces after their re­cent poor run that has seen them lose three con­sec­u­tive times, and they took a lead in the eighth minute through Tuyisenge.

The Rwan­dan im­port easily slot­ted the ball into the back of the net with a low drive after find­ing him­self alone Mathare's goal­keeper Job Ochieng.

The cham­pi­ons dou­bled the score line in the 51st minute when lanky mid­fielder Humphrey Mieno beat Ochieng with a shot from the cen­tre of the crowded box, after col­lect­ing a loose ball from Od­hi­ambo's cor­ner de­liv­ery.

Sub­sti­tute Omu­langa halved Gor's lead in the 69th minute with Gor Mahia 2-2 Mathare United Nzoia Sugar 0-1 Tusker

Posta Rangers 0-2 Sony Sugar So­fa­paka 2-2 Naku­matt

Thika United 1-2 Zoo Keri­cho Ulinzi Stars 2-1 AFC Leop­ards Vi­higa United 3-3 Kar­i­obangi Sharks

Waz­ito 2-1 Ban­dari a cool fin­ish.

A costly de­fen­sive mis­take by de­fender Joash Onyango in the 81st minute in­side the box led to a penalty for Mathare which was suc­cess­fully con­verted by Nyakeya. "We were on top of things but con­ceded two goals which ought not to have hap­pen be­cause we came to Kisumu to win and thank our fans for their sup­port. I am happy for the whole team for win­ning the tro­phy be­cause it has been hard work, re­mem­ber we had a very tight sched­uled," Gor coach Dy­lan Kerr said.

CHAM­PI­ONS: Gor Mahia play­ers cel­e­brate with the Sport­pesa Pre­mier League tro­phy after they were crowned 2018 win­ners yes­ter­day in Kisumu.

Or­ange Demo­cratic Move­ment leader and Gor Mahia pa­tron Raila Odinga (right), and Jac­ques Tuyisenge hold the Sport­pesa Pre­mier League at Moi Sta­dium in Kisumu yes­ter­day.

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