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Austin Odhiambo chases former club as ten-man Gor Mahia overcomes AFC Leopards

Gor Mahia showed resilience against AFC Leopards, overcoming an early dismissal to secure a win amid intense on-field clashes.

Ten-man Gor Mahia showed fight and perseverance to defeat sworn rivals AFC Leopards in a match that took place at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

An Austin Odhiambo goal in the 29th minute was enough to separate the two sides in a match that would be overshadowed by a few flared tempers, including the very start of the match when the stewards clashed just before kick-off came.

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Nevertheless, Gor Mahia started the match on a high note and should have taken the lead in the seventh minute.

Rooney Onyango missed a chance and forced Levis Opito to parry the ball into the path of Benson Omala, who headed the ball wide.

Gor Mahia continued to dominate, making short crisp passes and emphasizing overloading the right flank in an attempt to pin Hassan Beja and Vincent Mahiga back on their left flank, and after a good missed chance they created another in the 17th minute when Rooney Onyango scored. crossfield pass towards the left flank and finds Bryson Wangai.

Wangai then performed a neat exchange with Austin Odhiambo, before meeting the return pass and attempting to fire into the bottom right corner of Opiyo’s net, but it wasn’t enough to deter him.

Eventually, Gor Mahia’s pressure would be rewarded and they would take the lead through Odhiambo in the 29th minute.

Leopards retained possession when playing from the back after Opiyo gained possession. Odhiambo and Omala pressed him well before forcing him to hand over possession, and soon Gor would sail ahead.

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However, things would soon turn sour for them as three minutes later Gor keeper Kevin Omondi would be sent off after fouling AFC Leopards’ Victor Omune after being cleared off his line, forcing them to make an early to make a substitution and come on for reserve keeper Caleb Omondi.

Leopards would create more chances with a man advantage, but could not score, leaving them trailing at half-time.

Things would get dire at half-time when both stewards exchanged blows near the tunnel at half-time, and although Leopards players were able to enter the tunnel, Gor players did not, forcing them to have their half-time briefing on the pitch to hold.

After the break the game became tense and tight, with neither team managing to create real chances in the other’s half, but at AFC Leopards we are fortunate that one of their players did not get a dismissal himself when Opiyo appeared to make a mistake on Sharrif Musa out of bounds. box in the 63rd minute, but the referee blew for a goal kick, having seen no foul.

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Caleb would prove to be the unsung hero for Gor Mahia as he made a series of saves and most importantly took charge in the area, dealing with all field balls very casually.