Dennis Wafula scored four minutes from time as Vihiga United stunned Gor Mahia with a 1-0 win over the reigning champions in a Betking Premier League match played at the Moi International Sports Center on Saturday afternoon
Gor were favorites heading into the game but they found a resilient and determined Vihiga side that picked maximum points courtesy of a late goal from the experienced forward.
There were no clear-cut chances for either side in the opening minutes of the game with both teams striving to take control of the encounter.
The first real chance went Gor’s way in the 18th minute when Samuel Onyango rose high to connect to a cross, his header however went narrowly wide. Vihiga’s best chance of the game came in the 28th minute when Dennis Simiyu forced Boniface Oluoch to pull a fantastic save with a thunderous header.
Despite being slightly the better side, Gor Mahia did not utilize their chances and the first half ended barren.
Gor showed dominace after the interval but they did not really trouble the United backline much. Coach Pinto made two attacking changes, John Macharia was brought in for Sammy Onyango while Jules Ulimwengu replaced Alpha Onyango as Gor went all out to get a goal.
Vihiga on the other hand were solid at the back but very dangerous on the break. Alex Imbusia forced Oluoch to make a couple of saves from his shots outside the area.
Just as it looked like the spoils would be shared, Vihiga United scored the winning goal three minutes from time through Dennis Wafula. They held on to claim maximum points.
Gor Mahia Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch, Geoffery Ochieng, Joachim Oluoch, Charles Momanyi, Ernest Wendo, Kenneth Muguna, Alpha Onyango (70’ Jules Ulimwengu), Clifton Miheso (83’ Sydney Ochieng), Samuel Onyango (65’ John Macharia), Tito Okello
Unused subs: Gad Mathews, Kelvin Wesonga, Andrew Juma, Jules Ulimwengu Bertrand Konfor, Frank Odhiambo, John Macharia, Nicholas Omondi
Vihiga starting XI: Morgan Alube (GK), Johnson Muyesu, Dennis Ombeva, Norman Werunga, Abisalom Onyango, Mark Okola, Wycliffe Nthata, Lesley Owino, Alex Imbusia, David Simiyu, Dennis Simiyu,
Unused subs: Michael Matasio, Richard Igunza, Michael Odongo, David Saisi, Sammy Sindani, Michael Isabwa, Patrick Okullo, Hillary Otieno, Lawrence Luvanda