Kariobnangi Sharks beat Gor Mahia 1-0 in the Super Cup to lift their first trophy of the season.
Sharks, for the second time in a row, stopped K’Ogalo, who early in the year seemed unstoppable. Coach William Mulaya has just mastered the art of disappointing Gor Mahia fans.
This is the second time, in two consecutive games, that Muluya has come out laughing, having done so in the FKF Shield Cup quarter-finals when they beat K’Ogalo on penalties at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
Even though Go Mahia still has a better head to head record of four in the last six games, their recent form against Sharks is raising alarm.
The game was open until when Sydney Lokale put Sharks ahead with a solo effort. Lokale, the undisputed star of the day, received a perfectly knit-pass from the left flank and a little touch set him on the path of Boniface Oluoch.
But with two of Gor Mahia defenders closing on his way, the match-hero turned his markers inside out before firing a curling left-foot shot past a hapless Oluoch in the 52nd minute.
Gor Mahia almost responded immediately, but the ever-alert Brian Bwire had a touch of Nicholas Kipkurui’s teasing header. Michael Bodo went into the referee's book after he committed himself a little too much by bringing down Ephrem Guikan, who had been set by a neat Francis Kahata pass.
The Sharks came close to doubling their effort in the 64th minute but Pattilah Omotto could not just hit the target even after he overpowered his markers after Oluoch did well to close the angle to force for a corner.
Guikan lit up the stadium with a ferocious s left-foot shot from the 25-meter yard, but his effort missed the target by a slim margin.
For the second game running, Ugandan left back Shafik Batambuze was impressive but he was denied by a mean Bwire with eight minutes left when he decided to go for a goal from the corner spot. But Bwire, who was preferred ahead of John Oyemba punched the ball out to safety.
Sharks held on to the slim lead that saw Kenyan representatives at the Caf Confederation Cup claim their first trophy ahead of the forthcoming season.
Gor Mahia XI: Boniface Oluoch, Philemon Otieno, Shafiq Batambuze, Joash Onyango, Haron Shakava, Earnest Wendo, Kahata Francis, Humphrey Mieno, George Odhiambo, Benard Ondiek and Francis Mustafa.
Kariobangi Sharks XI: Brian Bwire, Micahel Bodo, Tom Teka, Geoffrey Shiveka, Nickson Omondi, Fidel Oduor, Patillah Omoto, Duke Abuya, James Mazembe, Harrison Mwendwa and George Abege.