12 December 2018

Kenya: Gor Hand Oktay First Win

Gor Mahia on Wednesday evening prepared for Sunday's Caf Champions League clash against Nigeria's Lobi Stars with a convincing win as they thrashed a hapless Zoo Kericho 4-0 in a one-sided SportPesa Premier League clash.

Crucially, this result attained at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi was the Kenyan champions' first league win of the season, coming three days after a 2-1 loss to high-flying Bandari at the Coast.

The result also marked new coach Hassan Oktay's first win in charge at the helm, after being on the touchline for three games.

"I am happy because my boys have shown they can play very well and score goals which is what football is all about. I know we can do more we will continue working hard so that we bring the best out of these quality group of players," said Oktay.

Ivorian Ephrem Guikan, who is surprisingly unavailable to play against the Nigerians at the weekend as he was not registered to play in continental matches, helped himself to a brace in the opening half.

Kenya international Samuel Onyango and new signing Erisa Ssekisambu also scored a goal each.

The lively Guikan scored the first goal of the game in the opening minute and then had to wait for 15 minutes for his next which came via the penalty spot.

The spot kick was awarded after Francis Mustafa found the highflying Onyango with a slide rule pass inside the danger zone.

The opportunity left the Kenya international with a goal scoring opportunity and as he prepared to pull the trigger, he was brought down by Sindano Sabiri's trailing leg.

Guikan stepped up and easily converted the resultant penalty past Ugandan Martin Elungat who was guarding the visiting goalmouth.

Showing a rich vein of form which could perhaps be of interest to Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne, Onyango turned from provider to scorer six minutes to the break.

Formerly at Ulinzi Stars, he rushed to meet a 50-50 ball before Elungat and expertly chipped it into the far right corner.

By then Gor Mahia were cruising as Zoo Kericho - who lost experienced duo Micheal Madoya and Nicholas Kipkurui to Tusker and K'Ogalo earlier this month - struggled to create chances.

Ssekisambu then scored past his compatriot for the final goal of the match.


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