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Gor Mahia fight back to survive Nzoia Sugar scare

Saturday, December 9th, 2023 17:39 | By
Gor Mahia in action against Nzoia Sugar in FKF PL action. PHOTO/(@Officialfkfpl)/X
Gor Mahia in action against Nzoia Sugar in FKF PL action. PHOTO/(@Officialfkfpl)/X

Gor Mahia salvaged a point after coming back to hold Nzoia Sugar to a 2-2 draw in a Football Kenya Federation Premier League match at Raila Odinga Stadium in Homa Bay on Saturday, December 9, 2023.

Nzoia Sugar looked destined for a famous win after taking the lead and doubling it later in the first half, but the Premier League reigning champions launched a stunning comeback to ensure they avoided a first-season defeat.

Goals, chances

Meanwhile, Mohammed Barisa broke the deadlock in favour of the struggling Sugar Millers when he found the back of the net in the ninth minute. Joseph Oyugi provided the assist that gave the Bungoma side what was an unlikely lead.

Despite going down, Gor Mahia never surrendered, almost equalised and again went ahead with two chances that were squandered towards the quarter-hour mark.

Benson Omala came close to scoring in the 19th minute, but his shot was blocked by Nzoia Sugar's backline, which was determined to keep the attackers at bay by all means.

In the 29th minute, Homa Bay Stadium was stunned to silence when Barisa scored again to double Nzoia Sugar's lead.

Just like they responded after conceding, Gor Mahia kept fighting hard after the second goal was scored by the opponents. They would have scored, but chances were wasted by both Omala and Patrick Kaddu.

Just before the halftime break, Kaddu equalised for K'Ogalo, and this was as a reward for the great effort the home side put in in the closing stages of the first half.

Gor Mahia in action against Nzoia Sugar in FKF PL action. PHOTO/(@Officialfkfpl)/X
Gor Mahia in action against Nzoia Sugar in FKF PL action. PHOTO/(@Officialfkfpl)/X

Gor Mahia changes

When the second half began, Gor Mahia's coach, Johnathan McKinstry, brought on Lawrence Juma and Bryson Wangai as Patrick Sibomana and Kevin Juma were withdrawn. Another change followed a few minutes later, when Boniface Omondi replaced Austin Odhiambo.

After wasting a number of chances, Omala finally found the back of the net when he equalised for the hard-fighting champions.

The draw means K'Ogalo failed to widen further the gap between them and Posta Rangers, as they are at the top with 28 points. Rangers, who are in action on Sunday, have 25 points.

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