Gor Mahia’s title ambitions suffered a severe dent after they were held to a 2-2 draw by a hard fighting Mathare United in a fierce yet thrilling league match played at Nyayo stadium on Friday.
Gor suffered a major scare as they were forced to rally from two goals down to level the score line as a sleek United side keen with their recovery efforts took advantage of a disjointed Gor defense that was slow in reaction to slot in quick first half goals.
Gor coach Zdravko Logarusic was happy to have grabbed a vital point. "I am happy with the point. Coming from two goals down to fight for a draw is not easy.’’
Francis Ouma who had been troublesome to Gor’s defense throughout the evening, gave the ‘slum’ boys the lead in the 16th minute before Andrew Tololwa added a second in the 23rd minute. Gor’s diminutive striker and Ugandan import Dan Ssreunkuma responded for his side netting a brace in the 37th and 70th minute respectively.
Ouma opened the score sheet controlling a long cross, before turning Donald Mosoti round to fire past Gor’s goalkeeper Jerim Onyango.
It was a particularly bad day in office for Mosoti as his sluggishness led to a second goal in the 27th minute. Ouma was once again instigated the move as Onyango he spilled a bounce ball which Ouma picked from the loose grip of his arms to set the unmarked Tololwa who fired into the net.
Sensing danger Gor’s Craot coach Logarusic made a near instant substitution pulling out Mosoti for midfielder Kevin Omondi.
Omondi brought sparks into the game by making a good assist to Sserenkuma’s 37th minute goal. The diminutive Ugandan import made a solo effort rounding two Mathare United defenders to beat Martin Musalia in goal.
A raft of changes by Logarusic as he brought in Itubu Imben and Edwin Lavatsa in the second half saw Gor go forward pangs and tongs with all four strikers on the pitch making endless efforts to no avail as Mathare defense refused to budge.
The balanced affair saw the action busy from one goal end to another end but neither side could grab the winner. Both Gor’s Moses Odhiambo and Tololwa had last minute chances but they all sent their chances wide.