Gor Mahia’s trophy ceremony was preceded by a 1-1 draw against Posta Rangers at the Kenyatta Stadium on Saturday in Sportpesa Premier League Champions.
Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay crowned a successful season when he was named April Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award winner. It marks his second award. He was also named SJAK winner in February. Its a deserved award as Oktay was the first coach to steer a Kenyan team past the group stages of the Africa cup.
Oktay also deserves plaudits for keeping the team calm and focused amid player revolts and other issues that plagued the playing unit this season.
Bernard Ondiek scored the opening goal on 41 minutes, a header from just outside the goalpost which was met by mad cheers of victory from the few supporters.
Three minutes later, Peter Ng’ang’a thought he had levelled matters for the home side, but ended up holding his head in regret as his shot hit the side netting.
That turned out to be a precursor to good things to come, as Dan Guya found the back of the net five minutes later with a ferocious right foot shot to ensure the two teams went into the breather tied 1-1.
Immediately after the second half started, coach Hassan Oktay introduced Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge for the injured Francis Mustafa and then much later, George “BlackBerry” Odhiambo for Nicholas Kipkirui indicating his desire for goals.
However, nothing was forthcoming, and the second half turned out to be a see-saw battle between the two teams, with Posta Rangers matching the champions’ attacking moves.