Striking Gor suffer loss to Thika United
Striking Gor Mahia handed second defeat of the season by Thika United
Kenyan Premier League champions elect Gor Mahia suffered the brunt of their strike going down by a solitary goal to Thika United on Sunday, only their second loss this season. The players have been on strike for the whole week over unpaid salaries and allowances and only gathered together on the morning of the match.
Thika United under new coach Gabriel Njoroge found the three points as a massive boost as it took them to 26 points in the standings, six away from safety with five matches left before the season wraps.
Gor started the game well and had most of the chances. Jacques Tuyisenge had a chance inside 16 minutes when he was played through by Burundian Francis Mustafa, but he fired wide from close range though he had already been flagged offside.
Gor had another chance off a Boniface Omondi corner, but Charles Momanyi’s connection with a header was off target.
Thika had to wait till the 21st minute to register their first meaningful effort at goal falling on Michael Odongo, but he could not beat the keeper one on one off a Zak Matasi cross.
Gor came close after 35 minutes when Wellington Ochieng’s cracking shot came off the upright while Wesley Onguso wasted a glorious chance with a freekick from goal scoring range hitting it over and wide.
In the second half, It was Thika’s resilience that proved fruitful with the home side breaking the deadlock in the 62nd minute with Odongo pouncing on a lose ball after keeper Peter Odhiambo punched Michael Mutinda’s shot into his path.
Having gone down, Gor gave a fight and thought to have had a point late on but Francis Mustafa’s goal was ruled out for offside.
In the other matches, Wazito FC’s hopes were dented after suffering a 1-0 loss to Ulinzi Stars while Vihiga United picked a point after playing to a 1-1 draw with Sony Sugar in Mumias to boost their survival hopes while Chemelil on Saturday boosted their chances with a 1-0 win over Mathare United in Awasi.
In the late kick off, a stoppage time goal by Mike Madoya earned Zoo Kericho a 1-1 draw against bandari at home.