Gor Mahia back in title frame after beating Ulinzi Stars
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.