Gor Mahia FC is likely to make history as the second team to finish unbeaten after Shabana football club in 1991. Dubbed the second most successful club in Kenya, the side won the National premier league yesterday for the second year in a row after beating Sony Sugar 1-0.
Following the win, Gor Mahia confirmed their status as champions on 66 points and with four matches to go. After being on the ascendancy for long, Gor Mahia’s momentum was curtailed when the stadium was plunged into darkness following a black-out, but this did not deter the fans who were eager to witness another historic moment in the offing.
The last time Gor Mahia won the league three times in a row was in 1985 when a good number of their current fans were just toddlers or had not been born. Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall re-tweaked his starting line up a bit starting George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Ali Abondo. Odhiambo, eager to impress after staying on the bench for long, made his first contribution in the fifth minute of the match sneaking inside the Sony Sugar backline, but was denied by Allan Owiny in goal.
The pressure continued and Godfrey Walusimbi’s well taken cross was headed out. Then the stadium was plunged into darkness for about nine minutes as the engineers fought frantically to restore power.