The Kenya Premier League defending champions, Gor Mahia have won the Super Cup.
Giants Kogallo beat Bandari Football Club 1-0 to lift the Super Cup trophy on Sunday in a match played at Machakos Stadium.
Gor Mahia sinks the Dockers in a 10-man rumble match after Lawrence Juma scored the lone goal in the second half.
The spectacular victory earns Kogallo their first trophy of the 2019/20 season.
Being the first game of the season, curtain-raising for the Kenyan Premier League, both teams aimed at impressing and it explains why both managers fielded strong teams.
The Dockers looked keen on getting an early goal as they pushed forward every time they gained possession, but K’Ogalo was not in the mood for conceding early.
Kogallo which seemed resilient in the first half was given a wake-up call by the Ugandan William Wadri who took a nice shot but narrowly missed the target.
Bandari sat back and relied more on counter-attacks whenever they had the ball, which proved an ineffective strategy thanks to solid defending by Gor Mahia.
There was little engagement from both sides in the first half which was far from entertaining, and the goalkeeper had little to do in those 45 minutes.
In the second half, Gor Mahia came back strong and focused pushing the opponents into making mistakes, which was reflected in the 50th minute when Charles Momanyi almost capitalized on a corner kick.
Clifton Miheso who rejoined the club from National Super League Kenya Police was impressive throughout. He kept pushing harder from the right to create something for his team and was almost rewarded in the 58th minute with his drive, but the goalkeeper managed to stop it from hitting the back of the net.
Captain Kenneth Muguna gave the defending champions a breakthrough when he delivered in a good cross from the right which fell to Nicholas Kipkirui, whose touch fell to Lawrence Juma. The midfielder pulled the trigger and it was deflected by Brian Otieno into the net.
Unluckily, Steven Polack’s boys were reduced to 10 men in the 77th minute after Tobias Otieno, former Sony Sugar player was sent off the field for fouling striker William Wadri.
However, Gor Mahia held on to win their first trophy of the season.