Two times Kenya Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia produced one of the best second half performances of any team this season as they bossed their way past Nakuru All Stars in a five-star show that begot five goals.
Having failed to get the back of the net in their previous encounter against Western Stima (only the second time this season after a barren draw with Sofapaka), Gor Mahia looked like they would endure yet another frustrating afternoon against lowly All Stars.
Profligacy from Kogalo’s attackers coupled by an impenetrable wall that was All Stars’ keeper Shayne Indimuli had kept the reigning champions at bay as the opening half seemed destined for a barren stalemate.
That was until Meddie Kagere scored a poacher’s goal, the Ugandan-born Rwandese sneaking behind the All Stars’ defence to head in Abouba Sibomana’s cross to put Kogalo ahead at the stroke of half time.
Franck Nuttall’s side took the game by the scruff of its neck after the interval. Relentless, menacing, and with a workhorse-like diligence, they raided the basement club’s defence like a ravenous feline.
Michael Olunga looked hungry to add another goal to his impressive CV, Ali Abondo was unwavering in his pursuit to keep himself on top, Kagere looked possessed.
When the clock hit 68 minutes, it was still 1-0 to the record KPL winners. However, within the next 8 minutes, it was 4-0. First, Olunga headed past Indimuli, his 6th goal of the season before Abondo made it three goals from Gor’s front three with a penalty after the former had been hauled down inside the box.
Kogalo’s three goals had been top quality, a mix of two well-taken headers, and a calmly slotted penalty.
Their fourth was something different, out of this world.
With the Nakuru-based side struggling to play the ball off their defence, Kagere sniffed at an opportunity. He made one step, two, pumped forward, pensively. He increased his pace, making the defender to panic, forcing him to make an erroneous back pass.
Kagere rushed to it, got to it. What followed was gob smacking stuff. A move that belonged in the training field, but he executed in an actual game. Call it the ZidaneTurn, Maradona turn, the Roulette, the 360, the double drag-back, it doesn’t matter.
On the evening, it belonged to Meddie Kagere. He dragged the ball with his left foot, spin his body, collected it with his right foot, left Indimuli with a spinning head and slotted the ball calmly into the back of the net.
Textbook stuff. Legendary. Maradona, Zidane, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo will be proud to see that. The goal of the KPL season so far, and by some margin.
There was one more goal in the game, Harun Shakava slamming in Kogalo’s fifth, his first goal of the season.
However, the day belonged to Kagere. Two well taken goals, the second, a magnum opus.
“My second goal was an impossibility made possible,” he reckoned in his post-match interview. “I want to be the topscorer,” he declared.
Kagere in now joint top scorer in the KPL golden boot race with 8 goals, same as teammate Ali Abondo and AFC Leopards striker Jacob Keli.
By account of how he helped destroy Nakuru All Stars, you can do far worse than bet against him getting the golden boot.