Resilient Nzoia dump Gor Mahia out of GOTV shield

 

Ten-time GOtv Shield champions Gor Mahia have been dumped out of this year’s tournament after a 1-0 loss at the hands of Nzoia United.

Edgar Nzano converted a 30th minute penalty to send K’Ogalo packing after Ernest Wendo blocked Peter Gin’s shot with his arms.

And Gor, which has been struggling even in the league were unable to fight back as a resilient Nzoia side held on.

The talk before the game was all about head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira’s decision to axe goalkeeping coach Mathews Ottamax from the team over what he termed as ‘breaking the rules’.

“We have rules in the team, and I guess everyone does. When you break the rules, then you cannot be in the team. We talked on Friday with him and the players and we made everything clear,” the Brazilian said pre-match.

Under pressure Ferreira had made some changes to his team with Enock Agwanda partnering Jacques Tuyisenge up in attack at the expense of Meddie Kagere who started on the bench.

In the absence of usual starter Karim Nizigiyimana at right back, Luke Ochieng was also handed his second start of the season while in goal, Jerim Onyango who has been the preferred starter in cup competitions found himself on the bench with Boniface Oluoch preferred.

The two sides came into the match all attack especially in the first half. Gor had the first opportunity with Agwanda breaking into the box in the 4th minute but Nzoia defender Brian Otieno stretched to hit the ball off for a corner.

The hosts had a great chance in the 8th minute but Brian Yakhama fired wide under pressure from two Gor defenders. A minute later, Masita Masuta also had a chance after turning Ochieng inside out on the left, but his eventual shot was an easy pick for Boniface Oluoch in the Gor goal.

On the other end, Agwanda had three more chances coming his way but both went begging. In the 13th minute, he raced to the near post to meet a cross from Erick Ouma, but the ball took an awkward bounce in front of him and went wide.

Three minutes later, he was sent through on goal by Francis Kahata, but Nzoia keeper Benson Mangala was faster off his line to block Agwanda’s attempt with his feet.

Nzoia then broke the deadlock on the half hour mark, Nzano sending Oluoch the wrong way from the penalty spot after Ernest Wendo handles inside the area.

Gor had a double chance to make amends in the 41stminute but they could not unlock the Nzoia backline.

Luke Ochieng pounced on a ball dropped by Nzoia keeper Mangala from a Francis Kahata corner, but his eventual shot was cleared on the goal line. Kahata floated the cleared ball back into the area but Harun Shakava’s header went over.

Gor were better starters in the second half and Tuyisenge who was a silent figure all through the opening 45 finally burst into life.

He was presented with two aerial opportunities with crosses from Ouma and Ochieng, but both went wide.

With 25 minutes to go, Ferriera threw in more strikers with Baron Oketch coming on for Wendo and Kagere replacing Luke Ochieng five minutes later.

But despite the two attacking changes by Gor, it was Nzoia who had the better of chances. Nzau should have doubled his and the team’s tally in the 73nd minute from a corner, but he hit the ball with his back unmarked when he raced into the near post.

Other surprise results in the Shield saw AFC Leopards also knocked out by Western Stima while Thika United were also tossed out by second division side KECB at the last 6 stage.

Bandari beat Bidco United 1-0 to join Kariobangi Sharks who won away at Modern Coast Rangers by the same score line in the quarterfinals.

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