Posta sink Gor Mahia

Thursday, January 27th, 2022 06:57 | By
Posta Rangers players celebrate in a past FKF Premier League match. PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

Posta Rangers FC stunned 19-time champions Gor Mahia 3-0 in a rescheduled FKF Premier League tie at the Thika Stadium Wednesday with old boy Timothy Otieno coming to haunt them with a brace as K’Ogalo suffered their third loss of the season. The first half saw three goals scored inside 35 minutes with Otieno opening his account in the sixth minute following a defensive mix-up.

The K’Ogalo defence which had only conceded nine goals in 15 matches was leaking and unstable with regulars Frank Odhiambo (off to Sweden) and Philemon Otieno (playing midfield) being hugely missed.

In the 30th minute, Chrispinus Onyango added the second for Stanley Okumbi’s Posta after a neat play in the opponent’s box with Captain Harun Shakava alongside partner Dennis Nganga at the heart of the defence being constantly exposed.

K’Ogalo had another problem with Alpha Onyango playing holding midfielder and Philemon Otieno in central midfield as the quick Posta players kept running at them at will. Gor Mahia formation upfront had less impact with Samuel Onyango playing a false nine position which was ineffective.

Damage control
Minutes even before Gor Mahia could get their footing, Otieno was at hand to pounce for his second goal with goalkeeper Gad Mathews completely left for dead as the Posta threatened to run amok in Thika.

A few travelling pockets of the Green Army looked disillusioned at the stands as Coach Mark Harrison looked bewildered as the first half ended in the favour of Posta.

The second half saw K’Ogalo a bit reorganised especially in their defensive shape but were let down by sloppy play upfront with the likes of Peter Lwasa and Austin Odhiambo struggling to make headway. The lack of pace through the absent Benson Omala was also being felt.

The powerful Earnest Wendo was also missing in the midfield which gave Posta something to enjoy in the duel.

It was all about damage control for K’Ogalo whose technical bench made a couple of changes during the break. Gor Mahia remain fifth on the log with 27 points off 16 matches.

Rangers are sixth on the log with 25 points albeit with a match in hand after 15 matches played thus far in the campaign.

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