Gor Mahia opened a nine point gap at the top of the Kenyan Premier League after downing Ulinzi Stars 2-0 at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru.
Eyes were definitely on Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge, who have netted a total of fifteen goals between them, as K’Ogalo stretched their unbeaten run to 17 league matches.
The Dylan Kerr led side was high in confidence following their 5-0 win against Kenpoly in the mid-week Shield Cup clash, a match that Ivorian Ephraim Guikan netted his first hat-trick since joining the club.
For the soldiers, things have not been seamless in the league, dropping from the second position in May, to the seventh after winning just one of their last five matches.
The hosts were keen on making amends, and they made their intentions clear as early as the second minute, pushing the visitors into making minor mistakes at the back.
K'Ogalo, who took their point tally to 43, realized it was not business, as usual, prompting them to stabilize, and in the eighth minute, they nearly got a lead; Godfrey Walusimbi drove the ball well from the left before bringing in a cross that was unfortunately headed over the crossbar by Kagere.
Two minutes later, it was the defending champion's turn to clear the chuff t their backline as Ulinzi won a free-kick just outside the 18-meter yard area. Omar Mbongi played it in but Boniface Oluoch was in the right place to put the ball to safety.
The momentum was with Gor Mahia and it took them 14 minutes to score an opener. A perfect ball was laid to unmarked George Odhiambo, who took his time before laying an inch-perfect pass to Francis Kahata, who banged it home from three yards.
Ulinzi Stars came stronger after the break, trying to play a physical game to hamper their opponents' tactics. In the 47th minute, Daniel Waweru brought a good cross from the right, beating the defenders and falling kindly to Elvis Nandwa, however, the latter could not guide the ball into the net.
The soldiers were unlucky to miss the target a few minutes later. Oluoch mistimed the ball, giving Mohamed Hassan a chance to lob past the on-rushing custodian, but it bounced off the crossbar.
Masuta Masita found his way into the danger zone, bringing in a good cross that was scrambled in the six-yard area, and finally, it fell to Mohamed who thought he has equalized, only for Philemon Otieno to clear it off the line.
The final nail on Ulinzi's coffin came with five minutes to go when a perfect corner was not cleared, and the ball fell to Tuyisenge, who reacted fastest to score his eighth of the season that handed his team maximum points.
The victory was Gor Mahia’s ninth against Ulinzi Stars in the last 17 games between the two sides.
Ulinzi Stars XI: Jacktone Odhiambo (GK), Cylus Shitote, Omar Mbongi, George Omondi, Hassan Mohamed (C) Bernard Ongoma, John Kago, Daniel Waweru, Elvis Nandwa, Masita Masuta and Michael Otieno.
Gor Mahia XI: Boniface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Godfrey Walusimbi, Haron Shakava, Joash Onyango, Ernest Wendo, Humphrey Mieno, Francis Kahata, George Odhiambo, Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge.