Kenya Premier League: Gor Mahia inch closer to title with a hard fought win over Sony Sugar

Kogallo prove critics wrong as Ugandan import Anguyo's bullet header downs the sugar miller to cut AFC lead at the top of the summit to two points

Gor Mahia relived the golden days of yore with a laboured but timely 1-0 victory over a hard fighting Sony Sugar side in a Kenya Premiership match played at City Stadium on Sunday.

Ugandan import Ivan "Besigye" Anguyo made all the difference for Gor on an afternoon of immense frustration rising high to thunder home a bullet header from a Moses Odhiambo's corner kick in the 81st minute.

Anguyo was ecstatic after the win saying Gor can now 'dream of going all the way and clinch the premiership title.'

"Yes we can," Anguyo told Kenya. "We are now in a position where we can't let the trophy slip away. We now have that believe that we can win the title and we are going to fight until the end of the last match."

The win puts Gor in prime position for the league trophy after cutting the lead against leaders and rivals AFC Leopards to two points. AFC are on 45 while Gor are on 42 and the two sides clash next Saturday in local derby at Kasarani.

That goal was like a magic bullet that injected life into thousands of the ‘Green Army who are already spoiling for a fight with AFC Leopards in the derby scheduled for September 23.

After the goal, the Nairobi City Stadium erupted into chants of Ingwe Ingwe as they dared their famed mashemeji for a rematch. For Anguyo it was a well deserved goal and honour that won him the man of the match award after bailing his team out at the hour of need.

Gor will however, salute the disciplined and well organized Sony defense that kept them at bay. Sony defender Alfred Onyango was particularly outstanding all through. He withstood the pressure time and again foiling attempt after attempt by the marauding K’ogalo charges.

The first half had been a one way traffic as Gor keen to get an early goal dominated possession but could not find the target. Chance after chance continued to present itself but there was no real threat to Sony’s keeper Collins Oduor.

Danger man Rama Salim fired the fist salvo just five minutes into the game combining neatly with play maker Odhiambo, but his feeble short went off target.

Sony Sugar’s only chance in the first half came through rookie striker Enock Agwanda who broke into a run from along pass out-sprinting his marker Donald Mosoti but his ferocious shot failed above the  cross bar.

Agwanda could have found the target in the 75th minute with a timely bullet header which Gor’s custodian Jerim Onyango safely nabbed.

Moses Odhiambo also showed his intent for Gor with just seven minutes left before the break with a 25yard drive landed straight into Sony’s keeper’s Collins Oduor’s hands.