Gor Mahia suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Ugandan Premier League side Onduparaka FC in a friendly match played on Saturday at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Uganda.
The Green Army traveled to Kampala on Wednesday with the aim of returning home with a win. This was evident in the kind of squad paraded for the task with household names including the 2016 KPL MVP Kenneth Muguna and former Azam man Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza starting.
Timothy Otieno and assistant captain Jacques Tuyisenge were lined up in front while Kenyan international keeper Boniface Oluoch was between the sticks. The game started on a fairly balanced manner, Gor Mahia pushing hard in the opening minutes but the hosts stood tall to thwart all attempts from Tuyisenge, Francis Kahata and Otieno.
Onduparaka also made a number of attacks in the first stanza, one of them bearing fruit at the stroke of half-time whistle courtesy of Kabon 'Messi' Living to give the hosts something to smile about in the dress room.
Gor Mahia came from the tunnel with the urge and pressure of leveling matters but ‘Messi’ never stopped his search for more goals completing his brace in the 82nd minute then Onduparaka hung on the lead to the last whistle.
This becomes Gor Mahia’s third defeat on the trot after falling to Al Hilal in Sudan and Thika United last month.
Onduparaka: Richard Anyama, Adriko Gasper, Saddam Norman, Akram Kakembo, Rashid Toha, Ivan Mbowa, Faizal Ibrahim Anini, Gaddafi Gadinho, Fahad Muhammad Tokko, Ceasar Okhuti, Kabon 'Messi' Living.
Gor Mahia: Boniface Oluoch, Karim Nizigimana,Mike Simiyu,Musa Muhammed, Joash Onyango,Collins Okoth,Kenneth Muguna,Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza,Francis Kahata, Jacques Tuyisenge,Timothy Otieno.