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  • May 10, 2014
  • • 15:00
  • • Nairobi City Stadium, Nairobi

Gor Mahia 2-1 Sofapaka: K’Ogalo triumph in controversial way to remain at summit

Gor Mahia 2-1 Sofapaka: K’Ogalo triumph in controversial way to remain at summit

Goal Kenya

Ugandan Dan Sserunkuma and Rama Salim scored for the champions to cancel out Patrick Kagogo's opener in a contest marred by poor officiating

Gor Mahia cemented their lead at the top of the table with a controversial 2-1 win over Sofapaka at City Stadium on Saturday.

Both teams sized each other up in opening ten minutes with Gor Mahia enjoying much of possession. The game bore into full explosion on ten minute mark with home side having two good chances to open the scores.

Rama Salim had a header go inches off the bar from the far post after Sofapaka failed to deal with a deep corner but the best chance fell onto Danny Sserunkuma in the 15th minute.

Rama Salim made a great run on the right before putting in a low cross for Sserunkuma who was lurking at the edge of the six yard box. The diminutive Ugandan tapped his effort but was saved by David Okello and the Ugandan again heading over from the rebound.

Rama was again marauding on the right wing, as he gave Yussuf Juma a torrid time and his delivery found Godfrey Walusimbi, who volleyed just wide. Danny Ssserunkuma had a goal disallowed for offside in the 25th minute, with the Gor attacks clearly being a handful for the Sofapaka backline

Sofapaka coach Sam Timbe was forced into an early sub, bringing out Yussuf and bringing in the experienced John Njoroge. Just a minute after the sub, Sofapaka got into the lead through Patrick Kagogo, who struck low into the bottom right corner of David Juma’s goal from the left wing. The goal added confidence on Sofapaka, who calmed down and managed to keep the ball on the ground.

However, they were caught off after 36 minutes when the home side was awarded a suspicious penalty kick. Rama Salim had played a wonderful through ball to Danny Sserunkuma but Felly Mulumba managed to read it well and slid in to clear the ball.

However, he was adjudged to have brought down Sserunkuma, who was as well going for the ball with the ref pointing to the spot. Despite Sofapaka players hugely protesting the decision, Sserunkuma stepped up to send Okello the wrong way and draw the two teams level.

Sofapaka were the better side in the second half but their biggest undoing was their indecision infront of goal. Patrick Kagogo presented a good opportunity for Sofapaka to go one up with a decent cross from the left after dispossessing Musa Mohamed but his cross was cut out by Israel Emuge as John Baraza lurked inside the box.

Danny Ssserunkuma should have doubled his tally for the game in the 62nd minute after the Sofapaka defense lost the ball and Rama Salim feeding him through but his shot was well saved by David Okello.

Sofapaka continued to command possession and Kagogo was once again doing most work on the wings but his cross inside the box was cut out. Gor got the second and winning goal in more contentious fashion, Rama Salim tapping in from Godfrey Walusimbi’s cross.

However, Sofapaka players hugely protested the goal as defender Felly Mulumba was on the ground after colliding with a Gor attacker and he subsequently had to be substituted with a dislocated shoulder.