K’Ogalo was forced to come off a goal to save a draw against Simba wa Nairobi at Ruaraka Stadium.
Gor Mahia’s chances of retaining the FKF Premier League title are slowly waning after they scored a disappointing 1-1 draw against Nairobi City Stars on Saturday.
With the toppers beating Tusker 2-0 for AFC Leopards on Friday to open a six-point lead over KCB, K’Ogalo had to beat City Stars to stay in the dispute, but they left themselves in the 41st minute when Rodgers beat Okumu, before drawing a draw with Jules Ulimwengu’s attack in the 54th minute.
The Simba wa Nairobi the match started lightning fast and with just five minutes played, defender Bolton Omwenga had a good cross from the right wing, but Gor Mathews, Gor’s goalkeeper, moved quickly to knock the ball out for a fruitless corner.
With 13 minutes played, City Stars could have brought this one home for Peter Opiyo as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high.
The missed opportunity woke up K’Ogalo, who created an own chance in the 23rd minute, with Fred Nkata combining well with Andrew Juma, but a through ball aimed at Clifton Miheso was intercepted by Abdallah Salim, City Stars defender, and for a goal kick went out.
With 41 minutes played, City Stars put themselves up 0 – 1 after an attack from the right, caused by a defensive blunder. The scorer was Rodger Okumu.
After the break, City Stars looked to be on the better side when they slammed into Gor again, and it was Elvis Noor who hit the woodwork in the 48th minute after being penetrated by Ezekiel Odera.
However, Gor Mahia equalized in the 54th minute when Karim Nikiema broke past City Stars’ backhand before releasing a powerful shot, which struck goalkeeper Steven Njue back into play and Ulimwengu reacted quickly to the ball of the rebound to stop.
After the goal City Stars made a double change, goal scorers Okumu and Odera came down for Ezekiel Ombija and David Agesa, and five minutes later Elvis Noor was rested for Timothy Ouma.
It was Ombija who almost delivered the second goal to City Stars in the 75th minute, but he lost control after receiving the ball from Nicholas Kipkirui, and it rolled out.
Nairobi City Stars: Steven Njunge (GK), Kevin Okumu, Bolton Omwenga, Kennedy Onyango, Abdallah Salim, Peter Opiyo, Anthony Kimani, Elvis Noor, Rodgers Okumu, Ezekiel Odera, and Nicholas Kipkirui.
Subs: Jacob Osano (GK), Calvins Masawa, Wesley Onguso, Wycliffe Otieno, Timothy Ouma, Erick Ombija, Charles Otieno and David Agesa.
Gor Mahia: Gad Mathews (GK), Philemon Otieno, Fred Nkata, Andrew Juma, Haroun Shakava, Ernest Wendo, Clifton Miheso, Sydney Wahongo, Jules Ulimwengu, Abdoul Karim and John Macharia.
Subs: John Njau (GK), Joachim Ochieng, John Ochieng, Victor Ochieng, Nicholas Omondi, Lyson Muyonga and Samuel Onyango.