Gor finish third in CECAFA
Gor Mahia overcame a ballooning injury list to beat Zanzibar's JKU to third place finish in Cecafa tournament
Gor Mahia finished this year's CECAFA Kagame Cup campaign by beating Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) from Zanzibar 2-0 to claim the third spot in a match that was played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Friday afternoon.
Gor Mahia's victory did not come on a silver platter. Dylan Kerr's men had to overcome injury problems and a defeat to Azam FC last Wednesday to beat the organized Zanzibar side and take home US$ 10,000.00 (approximately KES 1,000,000.00)
New team member and latest signing, Francis Mustapha, once again proved his worth when he opened the scoresheet in the 52nd minute. Mustapha was in a good position and form as he received a pass in the 18-yard box. He took charge of the ball with composure and charged goalwards beating JKU's Mohamed Abrahman in the goal for the first goal of the evening and his second in the tournament and for Gor.
The game continued calmly for extended periods of time and looked like Gor were managing their win the way they should. Gor took control of the game, showing dominance in all areas despite having a second string of players in the game.
Goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch alongside Captain Harun Shakava, Godfrey Walusimbi and Jacques Tuyisenge were all on the bench. Other first team players who were not in action include veteran midfielder Francis Kahata, Ernest Wendo and George 'Blackberry'Odhiambo.
Gor were again on the hunt, stamping their seriousness about winning as they took to JKU's half in stoppage time. Samuel Onyango collected a pass from Kevin Omondi and fired a low drive into the bottom right corner to seal the victory.
It would have been three goals for the evening had Mustapha scored an opening goal in the 15th minute when Omondi picked him out for a goal he had only the goalkeeper to beat.
Mustapha's goal was his second in the green colours having been signed by Gor only three weeks ago. His quality will be needed in the K'ogalo camp having lost Meddie Kagere to Tanzanian giants Simba SC.
K'ogalo will now shift their attention to the CAF Confederation Cup match against another Tanzanian side Yanga FC on Wednesday next week amidst a growing injury list.
Gor Mahia starting eleven:
Shaban Odhoji, Philemon Otieno, Innocent Wafula, Joash Onyango, Charles Momanyi, Lawrence Juma, Boniface Omondi, Kevin Omondi, Samuel Onyango and Francis Mustafa.
Boniface Oluoch, Shakava Harun, Bernard Ondiek, Humphrey Mieno, Jacques Tuyisenge and Godfrey Walusimbi.
JKU starting eleven:
Mohamed Abrahman, Issa Dau, Khamis Ali, Faisal Abdalla, Khalid Hamis, Edward Peter, Salum Said, Sulieman Mohamed, Juma Hussein and Ali Hamad.
Juma Ali, Abdi Ali, Abdalla Banda, Ali Hassan and Seif Rajab.