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Gor crowned SportPesa Cup champs

Gor Mahia were crowned the champions of the inaugural SportPesa Super Cup when they beat arch rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 in Dar es Salaam.

Timothy Otieno led the way for K’Ogalo with substitutes Oliver Maloba and John ‘Softie’ Ndirangu sealing the win.

Ingwe were missing two of their first team players as defender Denis Shikayi stood out for a disappointing AFC Leopards team that was thoroughly outperformed from the first whistle to the last.

Gor had a number of impressive performers. Wellington Ochieng and Joash Onyang were solid at the back, while George Odhiambo and golden boot winner Kagere shone up front.

K’Ogalo signaled their goal-scoring intent in the second minute when George Odhiambo set up Kagere for an early goal with a cross from the right, but Kagere’s effort was wide of the mark.

Otieno put the champions ahead in the 11th minute when he took advantage of Ramadhan Yakubu’s poor attempted clearance.

It took until the 38th minute for Ingwe make an impression on the attack. Gilbert Fiamenyo headed towards goal, but Peter Odhiambo rose to the challenge and pushed the ball behind for a corner.

K’Ogalo came firing back and Muguna headed over the crossbar when he should have found the target from a cross by Haron Shakava.

In the second half, Gor took charge once more and Kagere tested Otieno down low for the opener, unsettling the Leopards back line.

Not long after that Oliver Maloba doubled K’ogalo's advantage when he drove a low shot from a cross.

Ingwe were clearly second best and there was to be no miraculous comeback, a fact that was underlined by a superb third goal scored by John Ndirangu in the 90nd minute, after he hammered the ball with his trusty left foot into the Ingwe’ goal.

Gor Mahia Starting XI: 1. Peter Odhiambo, 14. Innocent Wafula, 4. Wellington Ochieng, 12. Joash Onyango, 18. Haron Shakava, 30. Philemon Otieno, 10. Kenneth Muguna, 8. Francis Kahata, 17. Timothy Otieno, 22. Meddie Kagere, 25. George Odhiambo

Sub: 16. Shaban Odhoji, 15. Bernard Odhiambo, 11. Amos Nondi, 27. Anthony Mbugua, 26. Teddy Osok, 28. Oliver Maloba, 33. Mike Simiyu, 21. John Ndirangu, 19. Jeconiah Uyoga

AFC Leopards Starting XI: Ian Otieno, Denis Sikhayi, Marcus Abwao, Joshua Mawira, Salim Abdalla, Ramadhan Yakub, Bernard Mang’oli, Duncan Otieno, Gilbert Fiamenyo, Allan Katerega, Vincent Oburu

Subs: Gabriel Andika, Mike Kibwage, Samuel Ndung’u, Haroun Nyakha, Andrew Tololwa, Marcellus Ingotsi, Paul Kiongera, Edwin Mukolwe, Whyvonne Isuza


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