Gor Mahia forward Benson Omalla has had a turbulent 2022 on the field so far, going for close four months without a single goal in the calendar year.
The former Western Stima striker has played a couple of matches since the start of the year but failed to find the net until last weekend when he scored his first goal of 2022.
So important was the strike, that it earned Gor Mahia a priceless 1-0 win over last season’s runners up KCB in a Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League match at the Thika Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Omalla headed in Philemon Otieno’s free kick with just 14 minutes of regulation time to play, sending celebrations into the Gor Mahia camp as his ended his barrenness in front of goal by securing three points for the record Kenyan champions.
“In the game against KCB I really gave my all and what was left in the game was to get a goal which I got towards the end of the game,” Omalla said.
The forward has had a turbulent time at K’Ogalo this season, reportedly falling out with the previous management before German tactician Andreas Spier was roped in to take charge of the club.
Omalla went back to his home of Kisumu last December, opting to train with his boyhood club of Manyatta United and only returned in February, with the goal now a huge relief to him.
“It is a very good feeling to score because it has been a while since I got on the score sheet but I won’t get carried away by the goal as I will continue to work hard,” he added.