Despite missing seven key players and with a new man in charge, Gor Mahia managed a 1-1 draw with high flying Nairobi City Stars in Saturday’s Betking Premier League match at Ruaraka grounds.

The result prevented their opponents from leap frogging them but saw them drop down to fifth in the league.

Nairobi City Stars created the better chances of the first half and by the halftime break, they were deservedly in front.

Gor Mahia threatened early on with a long-range effort by Cliffton Miheso but City Stars keeper Steven Njunge was equal to it.

After dominating proceedings for a while, Nairobi City Stars when right back Kevin Okumu who was further forward saw his fellow forwards and what was expected to be a cross went towards goal, with the sudden trajectory of the ball throwing Gad Matthews off and despite his best efforts he could do nothing to keep it out.

City Stars were asking a lot of questions from the Gor Mahia defense and almost scored after a good through ball by Rodgers Okumu found Ezekiel Odera but he was unable to control the ball when well placed.

As the match approached halftime, Gor Mahia almost scored the equalizer after a perfectly weighted cross by John Macharia was headed on target by Jules Ulimwengu but Njuge was equal to it to preserve his sides lead at the halftime break. 

After the break, it took nine minutes for Gor Mahia to equalize. A good cross from the left found Abdul Karim and his fierce shot was parried away by Njunge but Jules Ulimwengu reacted fast to score the rebound to score his seventh of the season.

City Stars were getting a lot of chances on the counter but were unable to convert them due to a mixture of delaying play and failure of trying longer vertical passes to the stretched Gor Mahia defense.

They had a glorious chance to score but former Gor Mahia man Nicholas Kipkirui’s curling effort went wide where it looked easier to hit the target.

 As the game ticked down to the final minutes, both teams unsuccessfully tried to seek the winning goal but neither found the breakthrough to increase Gor Mahia’s woes as they have not won a game in their last five outings.

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