Gor Mahia Fc edged out 2016 Kenya Premier League champions Tusker Fc by a solitary goal courtesy of Tuyisenge’s converted penalty. The match played at Nakuru’s Afraha stadium.
The two sides came into the game gun blazing as they showcased a battle of midfield dominance with Gor Mahia looking more dangerous with the ball. Godfrey Walusimbi’s attempt on the fifteenth minute mark was the first real threat but was finely dealt with by Duncan Ochieng.
Following a series of attacks, Gor Mahia’s appeal for a handball in the box fall on the referee’s deaf ears after a Kenneth Muguna corner kick appeared to have had contact with Hashim Sempala’s hands. The call for a penalty by the green army went unanswered.
Meanwhile, Jacques Tuyisenge had been missing in action for the better part of first half but later was the first one on the score-sheet scoring from the spot. This was as a result of Timothy Otieno being fouled in the box. The strike gave Gor Mahia a lead that lasted till the final whistle as K’galo were crowned 2017 Super Cup champions.
Gor Mahia looked to find pace in the final as their style of play revealed. They seem to have gained the momentum as the side seeks to start the new league finely against the newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks on March 11th.
The brewers on the other hand start the campaign in defense of their title on the same day against the newly promoted and National Super League champions Nzoia United at a venue that is yet to be confirmed.
This year’s league kick off has been delayed following the wrangles that existed between Football Kenya Federation and Kenya Premier League governing bodies.
Club licensing rules took center stage in the feuds between the two bodies as it led to Sofapaka Fc and Muhoroni Youth Fc being relegated due to failure to comply with the CAF stipulated rules.
Later on, the fixtures were released by KPL in which the said relegated clubs were involved. However, the fixtures were not honored as FKF ignored until another fixture was released omitting Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth football clubs.