Scalding Gor Mahia Whip Bandari in Mombasa to Consolidate Top Spot

Gor Mahia continued with their impressive start to the 2019/20 campaign with an important 2-0 win over Bandari at Mbaraki Sports Club on Sunday afternoon to stretch their lead at the top further.

Samwel Onyango and Francis Afriyie scored the goals for Steven Pollack’s side to help them pick three vital points on the road. The hosts on the other hand missed a couple of chances including William Wadri’s effort from the penalty spot as their struggles continued.

Gor started the match strongly in search of an early opener. Yikpe Gnamien, Clifton Miheso, Francis Miheso and Francis Afriyie led the onslaught forcing a number of saves from Bandari keeper, Michael Wanyika.

Boniface Oluoch in Gor Mahia goal was barely tested until the 12th minute when he was called into action to clear an ensuing danger after a loose ball into the penalty area.

Gor had the better chances of the first half and were rewarded with a goal a minute from the break when Yikpe squared the ball to Onyango who fired home from close range.

Three minutes after the restart, the league leaders doubled their advantage through Afriyie who curled home after some individual brilliance. Moments later, the Champions were denied a third when Miheso’s freekick came off the upright with Wanyika well beaten.

Gor Mahia players. [Photo: Courtesy]
At the hour mark Bandari had a huge chance to half the decifit when William Wadri found some space and unleashed a shot, but to the anguish of the Ugandan and Bandari supporters his effort came off the upright.

Wadri was once again denied, this time from the penalty spot after Charles Momanyi fouled Abdalla Hassan inside the penalty area. The attacker stepped forward to take the resultant kick but was denied by veteran keeper Oluoch who guessed the right way and parried the ball to safety.

Mathare United defender Martin Ongori (left) vies for the ball against Bandari midfielder Cliff Kasuti during season opener. [Photo: Courtesy]
The Dockers showed more quality in the closing stages of the game but Gor stood their ground to pick three vital points to take their tally for the season to 24. Bandari on the other hand are 12th in the log with 12 points.

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