Oliech makes history as Gor Mahia sink Zamalek

Oliech makes history as Gor Mahia sink Zamalek
03 February 2019 07:11

Dennis Oliech wrote his name in football folklore on Sunday evening, scoring exactly 21 years after his brother Steve Okumu scored against Zamalek as Gor Mahia roared 4-2 against the Egyptian giants in their opening CAF Confederations Cup Group D match in Nairobi.

Okumu scored as Gor beat Zamalek 1-0 in Nairobi in 1998 and his younger brother, making his continental debut for K’Ogalo scored the fourth in Gor’s entertaining win at the Kasarani Stadium. He celebrated in the exact same way his late brother did.

“I dedicate this goal to my late brother. I knew I would come on and score and I wanted to celebrate in the exact same way he did. I am happy that we won. It is not about me but my team and I am pleased with the result. This is behind us now and we focus on the next game,” Oliech said after the game.

The legendary Kenyan striker stepped out of retirement to sign for Gor on a two-year deal and he has so far proved to be a masterstroke and has vowed to help the capital-based club progress into the knockout phases of the competition.

Gor Head coach Hassan Oktay was impressed with the result and hopes his side can continue with the form as they travel away to Angola to face Petro Atletico in next match week.

“I was expecting this win because we did some good homework on Zamalek and watched their game against Pyramids (in the Egyptian league) and two other teams. We knew the way they play and tactically we were ready for them. I knew we could get something and I am happy with the players,” Oktay noted.

His opposite number Christian Gross said: “We have started in the wrong way but this is just one group stage game. We had the advantage of an early goal but we ended up conceding because of lapse of concentration in defense,” the tactician stated.

The White Knights started off well and broke the deadlock in the seventh minute when Ibrahim Hassan took a shot from inside the box to easily beat Gor keeper Boiniface Oluoch.

The home side though kept their feet on the ground and continued pushing for an equalizer and they had a chance after 19 minutes but Boniface Omondi’s effort off a Francis Kahata cross.

But, Jacques Tuyisenge brought his side level pouncing on a flicked ball from Nicholas Kipkurui inside the box before slamming past the keeper.
Tuyisenge then sent Gor ahead after 38 minutes when he flew to head in a cross from Boniface Omondi who had been sent through with a delightful ball by Kahata.

Gor’s joy of a second goal was short-lived though as Hassan slalomed his way through the defense before beating Oluoch with a decent shot.
But, in the second half, Gor came back stronger and needed just six minutes to get back ahead, this time Tuyisenge turning provider to whisk in a brilliant cross that was met by a stinging header from Kipkurui.
Kipkurui came close to his second of the evening when he was set up by Kahata off a Tuyisenge cross, but his venomous shot went just over the bar.

The home side continued to wind in attacks and in the 57th minute it was Omondi’s turn when he was set up by the impressive Kahata, but once again his shot sailed over the bar.
Gor were forced into a sub in the 62nd minute when Kipkurui hobbled off injured and was replaced by Oliech for his continental debut for the Kenyan giants.

Oliech made his presence felt upfront and five minutes after coming on, he showed his superb pace racing away to try meet a Kahata through pass, but the ball was too close to the keeper who came off to collect.

The legendary striker ultimately made for all the faith the team had in him, weaving past the keeper before slamming the ball into an empty net in added time.

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