A Meddie Kagere double inspired Kenyan giants Gor Mahia FC to become the first side in the 2017 SportPesa Super Cup to advance to the semi finals of the competition inside 90 minutes when they floored Jang’ombe Boys FC 2-0 on Tuesday.
After missing a host of chances at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam, veteran Rwandese forward Meddie Kagere struck the opener in the 64th minute and sealed the victory by burying a late penalty in the 85th to seal of the result.
K’Ogalo were all over Zanzibari titleholders Jang’ombe like a rash from start to finish in the third quarter final of the USD30,000 eight-team knockout tournament to become the first team to escape the lottery of a penalty shootout.
Gor joined compatriots and arch rivals AFC Leopards SC and Dar giants Yanga FC who booked their places in the last four on Monday by beating Singinda United FC and Tusker FC 5-4 and 4-2 on post-match penalties.
Their victory also put Kenya 2-1 up in their battle against Tanzania pending the last quarter final of the programme between Simba SC and Nakuru All Stars FC.
Gor Mahia FC’s Kenneth Muguna turns away from his Jang’ombe Boys FC opponent during their SportPesa Super Cup quarterfinal on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. PHOTO/SPN
In a cagey first half, the record 15-time Kenyan champions did not take long to impose themselves in the game, bossing possession as the Zanzibari side sat back deep.
Assistant head coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno paired Kagere with Timothy Otieno up front for Gor with 2016 SPL Player of the Year, Kenneth Muguna pulling strings behind the pair.
Kagere bought space in the 18th minutes at the edge of the box when he lost Jang’ombe’s right full back on the turn but opted to fire just wide with Otieno better placed for the finish.
Gor went forth and in the 30th, Kagere’s header from a corner flew wide before Otieno missed another chance as the sides went level on the break.
Former Harambee Stars coach, Otieno threw on former SPL Player of the Year, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo on minutes after the break for Mike Simiyu to add more impetus to attack.
The substitute let fly from range in the 61st but his shot fizzled out just wide but three minutes later, Jang’ombe finally cracked when Kagere got his first.
With Odhiambo dominating the left, it was only a matter of time before they extended their lead and Kagere put the match to bed when he converted from the spot following a handball in the area.