Number 17, and counting!
History writing 'Mighty' Gor Mahia crowned the 2018 Kenyan champions
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
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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.