Gor Mahia are the 2019 Kenyan Premier League Super Cup Champions after downing Bandari FC 1-0 in an entertaining clash staged at the Kenyatta Stadium-Machakos on Sunday 18 August.
The earlier proceedings was a balanced affair with Gor Mahia Francis Afrirye being a constant threat down the left flank. Bandari, on the other hand, had a chance of taking the lead in the tenth minute but a floated corner was to be fluffed by one of their players after Gor Mahia defence had gone napping.
Bandari came knocking again on the quarter-hour mark William Wadri was to pull a stinger from outside the box with his effort missing the target by inches with goalkeeper Mapigano having been beaten.
Chances were to be created from both sides but there was no serious threat to trouble both keepers as the half time whistle went off with no side seeing the better of the other.
To boost to their attack, Bandari was to introduce Abdalla Hassan for David Kingatua in the earlier proceedings in the second half with Benjamin Mosha being brought for Shaban Kenga minutes later.
Gor Mahia was to react to the changes by bringing Nichoals Kipkurui for Francis Afirye and Kennedy Otieno for Samuel Onyango The speed brought about by Kiokurui was to see Gor get another chance in the 58th minute when a quick movement was to award Clifton Miheso to open is Gor Mahia account but he decided to shoot straight to Wanyika in the Bandari goal.
Bandari was to throw in Wycliffe Ochomo on the hour mark for Danson Chetambe as they looked for the elusive goal but it was Gor Mahia who were to take the lead in the 64th minute.
Gor Mahia was to build up play on the right side with Kenneth Muguna bringing in a cross that was half cleared by the Bandari defence. Lawrence Juma, outside the Bandari penalty box, was to send in a left drive that deflected off defender Brian Otieno and into the Bandari net.
The goal gave Go some needed energy and Muguna was to see his long-range effort miss the target by a whisker with his intention having been to catch Wanyika off guard. Pollark was to introduce Ernest Wendo for goal scorer Juma.
Despite the help of Wendo in midfield Gor Mahia was to be reduced to ten men after Tobias Otieno, who was having a good game received his second yellow card after a rough tackle on Wadri.
In a bid to protect their lead, Gor was to introduce Joakim Oluoch for Kennedy Otieno who had been introduced in the game in the earlier exchanges of the second half; a change that was to ensure they bag their first title of the season.
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