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AFC Leopards 0-1 Gor Mahia: K'Ogalo prevail in derby

AFC Leopards 0-1 Gor Mahia: K'Ogalo prevail in derby

Dennis Mabuka.

Ugandan import Dan Sserunkuma scored yet again as Gor Mahia stopped rivals AFC Leopards in a league derby played at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday

Gor Mahia beat AFC Leopards 1-0 at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday in a match that was however marred with violence almost to the end.

After Dan Sserunkuma had scored the winner in the 78th minute, AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia fans sitting on the terraces engaged in physical fights, objects being thrown on both sides.

The match had to be stopped in the 86th minute after the fights necessitated the police to use tear gas canisters but would continue ten minutes later Gor managing to stand their ground till the final whistle.

AFC Leopards was the better of the two teams and would feel highly aggrieved by the defeat after having over eight shots on target in the entire match but never finding the back of the net. Luc Eymael will be going for the fifth match without a win and pressure is mounting on him.

AFC Leopards first chance at goal came in the 10th minute, Abbas Kiwalabye with a fine shot that was however saved by Gor keeper Fredrick Onyango.

The keeper produced probably the best save of the day in the 15th minute, when he flew in the air to tip over Edwin Baraza’s shot for a corner.

Mike Baraza also had an effort saved by Jerry Onyango in the 20th minute when he picked off a loose ball after the Gor defense failed to decisively deal with a corner.

Gor’s first real threat at goal fell at the feet of David Owino in the 23rd minute, the Harambee Stars defender making a great run on the right but his final shot hit the side netting.

In the 26th minute, Onyango made another of his great saves to deny Edwin Wafula who had found space on the right to unleash a thunderous shot.

Danny Sserunkuma shot straight at keeper Matasi as Lavatsa also headed over from a Sserunkuma cross.

Coming into the second half, Leopards were as fast in attack as they were when the match started seeking the all elusive goal that would spur them into the match. Allan Wanga who had come on to replace Oscar Kadenge saw his rasping shot hit the post.

However, Gor grew into the game with the coming in of Rama Salim and Joseph Njuguna who totally calmed down the midfield. They started being more industrious in attack with Rama Salim creating his usual runs.

They were finally rewarded in the 78th minute, a goal from Sserunkuma after a swift counter with the Leopards defense being left in sixes and sevens. Gor managed to hold on to the lead even after the match had been stopped and restarted following the eruption of the violence.