Gor Mahia back in ti­tle frame after beat­ing Ulinzi Stars

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

What a dif­fer­ence a week can make in foot­ball. Just six days ago, triple cham­pi­ons Gor Mahia’s bid for a record set­ting fourth con­sec­u­tive Sport­pesa Pre­mier League ti­tle had been writ­ten off by many.

But yes­ter­day’s 1-0 vic­tory against ti­tle ri­vals Ulinzi Stars that came hot on the heels of last week­end’s win over Chemelil Sugar has not only put them back on track in their pur­suit of his­tory but has sent chills down the spines of the teams angling to re­place them as cham­pi­ons.

Hav­ing trailed lead­ers Tusker by seven points a week ago to­day, Gor now with 43 points from 24 matches, are just two be­hind the ta­ble top­pers with Ulinzi eight adrift of the brew­ers.

One-time crowd favourite who was also on tar­get on Satur­day, Ge­orge ‘Black­berry’ Od­hi­ambo gave Gor the lone goal.

That came just mo­ments after league joint top scorer John Mak­wata failed to take ad­van­tage of a pass from Brian Bir­gen.

Gor had started the game on the front foot with Od­hi­ambo find­ing him­self in the ref­eree’s book for an overzeal­ous chal­lenge on Cy­lus Shi­tote after just five min­utes. Od­hi­ambo nearly re­deemed him­self min­utes later, get­ting on the end of a cross from Amos Nondi but his header was too close to James Saruni. Against the run of play, Ulinzi fash­ioned an open­ing with Bir­gen pick­ing out Mak­wata who fluffed his lines. Three min­utes later Gor were ahead. Karim Nizigiy­ima’s crossed the ball into the dan­ger zone where Od­hi­ambo stood wait­ing.

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