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  • March 19, 2014
  • • 15:00
  • • Nairobi City Stadium, Nairobi

Thika United 0-0 Gor Mahia: Sserunkuma misses penalty to end K’Ogalo’s perfect start to the season

Thika United 0-0 Gor Mahia: Sserunkuma misses penalty to end K’Ogalo’s perfect start to the season

The Ugandan import failed to score from twelve yards out as Thika United held on to deny the champions a chance to move top of KPL standings

A wasted penalty and inability to rise to the occasion denied champions Gor Mahia victory after they were held to a barren draw by Thika United in a Kenyan Premier League match played at City Stadium on Wednesday.

Top scorer and danger man Dan Sserunkuma failed to put Gor Mahia ahead in 49th minute after he shot directly at Hamza Muwonge in the Thika United goal. Sserunkuma, who has been in top form for Gor Mahia, was not in his usual self and it is a surprise he was not pulled out.

But credit will still go to Gor Mahia for their relentless attack in the early part of the match only being let down by poor finishing. First Patrick Oboya laid a neat pass towards Thika goal but the ball hit Anthony Kizito on the head and the danger was cleared.

Six minutes later Gor Mahia got their first corner of the match even as centre referee Tabitha Wamboi cautioned Godfrey Kizito for rough play. The same fate befell John Kuria, who was penalized for pulling down David Owino.

Thika United struggled to settle in the early minutes of the game and finding themselves under extreme pressure as Gor Mahia went on the offensive for an early opener. In the 20th minute, Gor were on their third corner of the first half. Three minutes later, they got their fourth but once again were let down by poor delivery.

The best chance for Gor Mahia came in the 26th minute when from a well taken free-kick by Teddy Akumu, Simon Mbugua headed out the danger. Desperate to put his side ahead, Dan Sserunkuma found himself inside the Thika United box and instead, of getting a foul, he was cautioned for diving.

Thika waited until the half hour mark before making their first attempt at goal but it ended up in a fruitless corner and both teams had to be content with lack of goals at the break. Gor again came back strongly in the second half and the pressure exerted on their opponent's defence saw Timothy Ludda handle inside the box and the referee pointed to penalty spot and from the effort Sserunkuma wasted an opportunity to put his side ahead.

After the match, Gor Mahia coach Bobby Williamson accused Thika United players of wasting time and complained that the referee was not strict enough to deal with that behaviour. “We were surprised that the referee added only three minutes of extra time despite our opponents wasting a lot of time,” Williamson told Goal.

His Thika United counter-part John Kamau denied the allegation and insisted his side deserved to get something from the match. “Defensively, we were impressive but I am disappointed that on the transition we did not utilise our chances which should have given us at least a goal.”