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Gor Mahia’s optimism of successfully defending their Kenya Premier League title for the fourth consecutive time and also making history as the only team to bag the title four seasons in a row was revived when they outdid their fierce rivals AFC Leopards 2-0 on Sunday 23 October 2016 with League leaders Tusker sharing spoils with Nairobi City Stars on the same day.
Prior to the KPL round 27, the Brewers were seven points clear but K’ogalo knowing their title defense was at stake, they did what their Head Coach Jose Marcelo Fereirra and their fans wanted them to do; cut Leopards’ claws that would also see them cut the big gap between them and Paul Nkata’s side. These are not the only games that were played over the weekend, Chemelil drew with Posta Rangers, as well as Western Stima sharing spoilswith GOTV Shield Cup finalists Ulinzi Stars. Muhoroni Youth were dispatched 2-0 by Sofapaka who are being guided by John Baraza after Head Coach David Ouma stepped down.
Futaa compiles top 'engineers' of the weekend who made it to the Team of the Week.Goal keeper
In goal stands Nairobi City Stars shot stopper Victor Odhiambo. Even though Tuskerboasted of ball possession in the one all draw, the shot stopper displayed some reflexes to make some darting saves and deny League leaders Tusker any chance of extending their lead in the Premier League table.Defenders
The defense is marshaled by Gor Mahia’s Musa Mohammed. A solid defender who never neglects his defensive duties was outstanding in the win against Ezekiel Akwana’s side. He did some pretty good work at the back always keeping the likes of Kepha Aswani and Paul Mugai Kiongera in check. He is joined by Posta Rangers Joakins Atudo. The former SoNy Sugar man came in handy in his side’s one all draw with Chemelil Sugar. Has was at the heart of his side’s defense not giving Mustafa Adebayor and Jefary Odeny any chances to shoot at goals and dealing with aerial balls as they came.
In the left back comes Gor Mahia’s youngster Eric Marcelo Ouma. Despite his young age, Ouma has established himself as a reliable left back and this was again displayed in the Mashemeji derby where he completely locked and frustrated Simon Abuko. He was enterprising going forward and got himself an assist in their second goal that was scored by Enock Agwanda. On the other side of the flank, he is joined by none other than James Omino. The Chemelil defender looked at his best defensively and also got an equalizer in their 1-1 draw against Posta Rangers.Midfielders
The midfield starts with Robinson Kamura whose prowess turned out to be something Mathare needed in their win against 3-1 win over Mombasa bases Bandari FC. Kamura had two impressive assists from set pieces and was denied a hat –trick of assists from yet another set piece when George Wise Owino’s goal was ruled for an offside. Paul Odhiambo joins Kamura in the midfield. The Sofapaka man caused all sorts of problems to Top 8 Cup winners Muhoroni Youth with his midfield prowess to hold on the ball. He earned the vital penalty that saw the Batoto Ba Mungu double their lead and calm their nerves in their 2-0 win over Muho.
Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi also gets a nod in the starting line up as he clinically demonstrated his skills in the defending champions’ midfield that completely outclassed Ingwe’s. Another Slum Boys midfielder who makes the cut is Whyvonne Isuza who prove to be at his best against Bandari. Just when the Dockers had found their feet in the game and took the lead, Isuza who has proved to play a pivotal role in Francis Kimanzi's side found the equalizer that brought his side back to game.Strikers
In the attack comes Onwudi Chibueze. The Thika United man came from the bench to claim an important goal against Ushuru. His goal comes at a crucial time as Thika looks to now certain to ease their relegation uncertainties. He is joined by Mathare United’s Obadiah Ndege whose expertise proved higher than Bandari expected as he easily bagged a brace to help the Slum Boys to a crucial win as they look to finish on a high with the 2016 season comes to an end.Starting XI:
Victor Odhiambo [Nairobi City Stars], Musa Mohammed [ Gor Mahia], Jockins Atudo [Posta Rangers], Eric Ouma [Gor Mahia], James Omino [Chemelil Sugar], Robinson Kamura [Mathare United], Paul Odhiambo [Sofapaka], Godfrey Walusimbi [Gor Mahia], Whyvonne Isuza [Mathare United], Onwudi Chibueze [Thika United], Obadiah Ndege [Mathare United]Subs:
Boniface Oluoch [Gor Mahia], George Owino [Mathare United], Mike Khaduli [Kakamega Homeboyz], Enock Agwanda [Gor Mahia], Wesley Kemboi [Western Stima]
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