Fri. Oct 23rd, 2020

Wazito 0-1 Gor Mahia: Momanyi header extends Wazito’s misery

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Wazito 0-1 Gor Mahia: Momanyi header extends Wazito’s misery

The hosts displayed an improved game but still failed to defeat the defending champions in Machakos

Gor Mahia have beaten Wazito FC by a solitary goal in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

A second-half header by defender Charles Momanyi was enough to hand K’Ogalo maximum points and another week on top of the table.

The hosts were the first to have a shot when Waithera Joseph pounced on a loose ball outside the 18-yard area, but goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch was not troubled.

Neither of the two sides was in a mood to concede an early goal and it explains why defenders were keen to clear the looming danger anytime the ball neared the danger zone.

In the 21st minute, the dangerous Musa Masika found space in a good position but his feeble shot was collected by Oluoch in the K’Ogalo goal. The youngster had spotted the custodian out of position but could not execute his shot as intended.

Kevin Omondi had to be at his best to deny Dennis Oalo who had managed to get past the defenders. The custodian was once again called to action in the 43rd minute, this time around denying Charles Momanyi who had flicked a Kenneth Muguna corner.

Wazito had a huge opportunity at the stroke of half-time when they won a free-kick outside the 18-yard area, but a Dennis Ng’ang’a effort narrowly missed the target with Oluoch well beaten.

In the 54th minute, Waithera thought he had given his side a lead but his beautiful curler came off the upright with the goalkeeper stranded.

Seven minutes later, the missed opportunity came back to haunt the hosts. K’Ogalo won a free-kick about 30 yards from the Wazito goal and Gor Mahia captain Muguna managed to pick out Momanyi who headed the ball past the custodian to hand his team a much-needed goal.

Momanyi could have easily bagged a brace in the 85th minute but bottled up. Kevin Omondi failed to get hold of a Muguna free-kick and the ball fell kindly to the defender who failed to put the ball in an empty net.

Lawrence Juma thought he had scored the second in stoppage time as the ball hit the crossbar before bouncing into the net and out, but surprisingly, the referee did not award it.

Wazito have now lost eight matches, drawn five and won just two, accumulating 11 points in the process.

At Kasarani Stadium, 2008 champions Mathare United and KCB battled to a 1-1 draw.

James Kinyanjui opened the scoring for the Slum Boys in the 30th minute. The visitors had to wait until the 53rd minute for Enock Agwanda to make the scores even from the penalty spot.

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