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BY CORRESPONDENT,MAKURU,10TH JUNE 2018-Gor Mahia retained their SportPesa Super Cup crown on Sunday after beating Simba SC of Tanzania 2-0 in the final match played at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru .
From the start of the game Kogallo sought to ensure that they remain in control of the game by making it hard for Simba to penetrate their scoring zone.As expected the likes of Meddie Kagere and Jaques Tuyisenge did not disappoint with each of them scoring a goal in the match.
Gor were the first to settle in the match, breaking the deadlock through Meddie Kagere as early as the sixth minute. The Rwandese striker with his back to goal showed quick reflexes to control a cross from the right from Jaques Tuyisenge with his right foot before turning and shooting past Aishi Manyula with his weaker left.
The goal, his fourth of the tournament makes him the only player to have scored in each and every game in this year’s showpiece and places him firmly on course to retaining his golden boot award won in last year’s edition where he bagged three.
A dominant showing from Dylan Kerr’s charges restricted Simba to only one meaningful attempt at goal in the opening stanza which came in the 27th minute.
Diminutive forward Juma Rashid did superbly well to control a cross from the left and move past his marker but his well struck shot from inside the area did little to trouble Shaban Odhoji.
In the 34th minute, both captains would go into the referees book. First it was Simba’s Erasto Nyoni who was booked for his poor challenge on Tuyisenge with counterpart Harun Shakava suffering the same fate for his vocal confrontation with the referee towards the challenge.
With a minute left of the half, Gor would get a chance to stump their dominant performance with a second goal but Francis Kahata could not wrap his foot around the ball and shot wide from close range after latching on to a well measured through ball from Godfrey Walusimbi.
The second half would see a string of changes from both sides but it was K’Ogalo who would begin just as they had done in the first period pegging back the reigning Tanzanian champions.
Tuyisenge has had a silent tournament infront of goal but the Rwandese international would pick the right moment to break his duck and score his first as he came through with a poachers finish in the 54th minute; connecting with his left foot at the back post with a Humphrey Mieno well lofted pass to put the ball past Manula who until today had not conceded a goal in normal time.
Simba who haven’t scored a goal throughout the tournament would find no way through Gor’s resolute defence as Kerr got one over his former side.
This means that Gor will now travel to Liverpool England to take on English Premiership side Everton FC at their Goodison Park arena in July looking to avenge their 2-1 loss at the hands of the merseyside club suffered one year ago in Dar es Salaam.
Apart from the crown, K’Ogalo also receive a USD 30, 000 cash prize while runners-up Simba pocket USD 10, 000.