17 Oct, 10:25
Muhoroni Youth's tactical display worked in stunning Gor Mahia as the club clinched their maiden trophy in the 2016 KPL Top 8 final on Sunday 16 October 2016 at the Nyayo Stadium.
A confidently taken goal by Kennedy Rono was all the hosts needed for the famous win against the fancied rivals after running against the currents to stage a successful counter attack in the second half.
Futaa looks at the tie's best performers and those who failed to stamp their mark as Tom Juma tactics trumped his rival Ze Maria for Muho's first major trophy four years after their top flight presence.
With two breathtaking saves Mike Simiyu couldn’t have made more impact for the eventual champions. The little known defender popped up at the nick of time to make a brave and decisive block to deny Jacques Tuyisenge sight at goal. He had already saved his side from trailing with a well-timed line-clearance early on though he might have struggled to impose himself in the tie opening stanza.
Former KCB man Kevin 'Gaza' Omondi was more of a make-shift member in Muho's defensive shape when called upon to hold brief for Paul Muchika. The centre back nevertheless did well to maintain an alert back line, intercepting most of Gor passes and showed great awareness in keeping Muho back line in shape.
That Jacques Tuyisenge’s untiring display ended with no goals is testament of the spell that the Rwandese poacher’s intent was always there and he looked sharp in slipping through between the rivals back line to provide number of passes that should have been put to bed. He came close in the second hall as he stung the upright before seeing another of his frantic efforts flying inches wide.
Faruk Shikalo did his duty perfectly to keep his team in the game across both halves. A top drawer save against George Odhiambo and a number of set pieces stops coupled with his perfect time decision on when to come out worked out in averting dangers at goal.
Rono Kennedy not only struck the decisive goal but was at his best in winning second balls and acting as creative outlet that led Muhoroni to the historic triumph. Alongside Abdalla Hamissi the two midfielders seemed to struggle against Gor's forward forays but picked themselves up after the lead to command their zone.
On the chances that he could comfortably put away in his sleep in the past season, Meddie Kagere fell short not just once but twice against Muho. It wasn't one of the Rwandese best days in office and his subsequent show thereafter might have left Gor Mahia thinking harder of the decision to go after his services in the mid-season.
Benjamin Mosha never rolled out the pacey display he's known for despite kicking the tie off to a promising start. Deployed at the flank against Eric Ouma, the winger ought to have kept the youngsters offensive runs in checks by tracking back to help defensively. He failed in that and also in exploiting his overlaps forward, allowing Marcelo to ply easily across the flank in aiding the visitors attack.
Youngster Amos Nondi also failed in stamping his mark in the decisive cup tie. From a not-so impressive first half, the youngster bubble burst in the final one where he earned a booking from a late challenge and had a couple of misplaced passes before being hauled off.
Substitute Baron Oketch proved too hasty with his chances and spurned two clear-cut scoring chances. For a player who had been rising high with confidence only to be flogged with a bit -ole at his new home, his dwindling sense of belief came to the fore in his cameo appearance.