Zoo rally from behind to hold Gor, Leopards empty Nakumatt
The indefatigable Zoo Kericho came from a goal down to force a 1-1 draw with Kenyan Premier League champions elect, Gor Mahia, in a tough match played at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday.
Gor’s Medie Kagere netted his 12th goal of the season in the 63rd minute when he rolled with the ball on the left wing and outpaced his markers before unleashing a powerful shot that sneaked through the legs of goalkeeper Misikhu.
The match, fiery in the early interval, saw Gor’s speedy striker Oliver Maloba penetrate through Zoo’s defence and with only goalkeeper Vincent Misikhu to beat, he booted the ball over the crossbar.
A minute later, K’Ogalo’s upcoming striker Anthony Mbugua raided the Zoo defence and after evading a tackle, his splitting blockbuster was grabbed by goalkeeper Vincent Misikhu.
Zoo’s best moment in the first half was in the 16th minute when overlapping Bernard Odhiambo put through Geoffrey Gichana with a long ball but Gichana failed to translate the spadework into a goal.
Gor’s Rwanda import Jacques Tuyisenge sandwiched himself between two Zoo defenders in the 40th minute and after evading their harsh tackle, released a feeble shot that was easily saved by goalkeeper Misikhu.
On resumption, Gor tactician Dylan Kerr introduced Francis Kahata, Timothy Otieno and George Omondi for Philemon Otieno, Boniface Omondi and Oliver Malone but this hardly shook the Zoo defence that was well marshaled by Isaak Kipyegon.
“It’s obvious this team needs to be reinforced. And it’s normal to recruit. We have two more matches and we have to win those too,” he said.