The speedy striker scored in the 13th and 36th minute as Gor Mahia held on to beat rivals AFC Leopards in a Kenyan derby at Kasarani on Saturday
Ugandan import Dan Sserenkuma was the most potent weapon that Gor Mahia unleashed on their in laws AFC Leopards as the lethal striker grabbed a brace in the first half of the derby match at the Kasarani on Saturday afternoon to fire his team to the top of the log.
The neatly taken goals in the 13th and 36th minutes proved just enough to earn Gor Mahia the three vital points and help them rise to the top of the log for the first time with 46 points.
Though Leopards prolific goal getter Mike Barasa pulled a goal for his side in the second half, it was too little to stop K'ogalo's march to the top of the table.
Sserenkuma brought life to the 60,000 seater stadium in the 13th minute when creative midfielder Kevin 'Master' Omondi capitalized on a Jonas Nahimana mistake to surge forward with a menacing run and unleash a shot which Leopards keeper Patrick Matasi tried to thwart with no success as it hit the wood work.
The well positioned Sserenkuma was in the right place at the right time to merely tap in to send the Green Army into a delirium.
In the 36th minute Sserenkuma put the icing on the cake with a superbly taken rocket shot after Moses Odhiambo had put him through with a cleverly taken corner kick.
The quick thinking attacker thought on his feet instantly, rounding Eric Masika to blast into the net leaving Matasi crestfallen between the sticks.
This goal was the magic that injected life into thousands of the Green Army as they broke into chants of Gor biro yawne yo, Gor biro yawne yo (Gor is coming clear the way).
The boisterous fans chanted, ululated and urged their team on more so in the first half when they out classed their opponents. Leopards head coach Jan Koops rung changes after the break and brought in the left footed winger Paul Were for Floribert Ndayisaba while Ugandan forward Jimmy Bageya came in for Charles Okwemba.
Were gave the tired Leopards the breath that was lacking as Ingwe got their rhythm making K'ogalo chase shadows for the better spell of second half. Leopards took a firm grip of the game with Bernard Mangoli, Were and skipper Martin Imbalambala dictating the proceedings.
Upfront Mike Barasa and Allan Wanga who had been lackluster all through the first half, now looked dangerous giving Gor's skipper Fredrick Onyango a hard time.
Gor's mercurial forward Rama Salim was by this time staved off the ball and his lungs were caving in prompting coach Zdravko Logarusic to pull him out and make way for defender David Owino as K'ogalo opted to retreat deep and defend their goal margin amidst a spirited onslaught from a prowling Leopard.
Though their claws were now potent as the clock tickled it was too late for them to fight for a spoil as the alert Jerim would not budge in goal. K'ogalo can now only cross their fingers and hope that Tusker fall to Karuturi sports on Sunday so as to retain their lead.
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