Gor Mahia marshaled their way into the top four of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League standings of the 2021/22 season with a 1-0 win over Wazito FC at the William Ole Ntimama Stadium in Narok on Saturday afternoon.
Having been beaten 1-0 by league debutants Police FC in Kisumu last weekend and losing against their former player and assistant coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo in his first match in charge of the law enforcers, Gor Mahia needed to make amends in Narok.
Both sides were disciplined, shielding their goal keepers from the opposing cast until on the stroke of half time when George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo got the better of Wazito to break the deadlock in favour of Gor Mahia.
Despite the tactical changes in the second half by both coaches – Fred Ambani of Wazito and Andreas Spier of Gor Mahia – there was little for the second half as the game ended 1-0 in favour of the hosts.
In what is an interesting stat, since their return to the top flight in 2018, Wazito are yet to win a single game against Gor Mahia despite playing them six times.
Of the six, Wazito have only managed a single draw and lost the other five matches, while conceding eight goals in the process and scoring none.
The record Kenyan champions who started the game in eighth, level on 35 points with Posta Rangers who were seventh but managed to rise to fourth and level on points, 38, with Nairobi City Stars (lost 1-0 away to Bandari on Thursday) who occupy the third spot.
Having won 10, drawn eight and lost four of the 22 games they have played this season, Gor Mahia now have 38 points, three adrift of second-placed Tusker while Kakamega Homeboyz are in the lead with 49 points.
Meanwhile, Wazito who fell to their 13th defeat of the season after 23 rounds, are 16th on the 18-team log with 20 points.
Wazito are eight points from the automatic relegation zone, but occupy the delicate playoff position.