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Shakava wins Gor Super Cup title in Mashemeji Derby

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia Skipper Harun Shakava receives the Kenyan Premier League Super Cup title from Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Jan 28- On the most auspicious of occasions, new captain Harun Shakava announced himself to the Gor Mahia folklore in superb fashion, thumping the only goal of the game as K’Ogalo beat arch rivals AFC Leopards 1-0 to lift the season opening Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Super Cup at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium.The six-foot defender showed the K’Ogalo faithful he could lead from the front, sneaking in between Salim ‘Shittu’ Abdallah and Duncan Otieno to thump in a header past a helpless Gabriel Andika, meeting a well diced George Odhiambo cross from the left six minutes to half time. It was a morale boosting victory for Gor as they prepare for their title defense and an assault at making it into the group stages of continental football, while for AFC Leopards and their boss Robert Matano it was a text-book revision of what to improve with the new season a week away.Gor Mahia’s goal was a result of brilliant team play from K’Ogalo; Godfrey Walusimbi won the ball off an AFC offensive move, picked out Wellington Ochieng who in turn slipped through a pass to Odhiambo who delivered an inviting cross on the first touch.It was a deserved lead for Gor who had been the most enterprising upfront though Ingwe also had some attacking moves.Gor Mahia captain Shakava screams in celebration after scoring Gor’s only goal in their 1-0 Super Cup win over AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn his starting team, Matano had given debuts to left back Moses Mburu, midfielder Collins Okoth who was facing his former employers, Joseph Kuria, Prince Arkoh Baker Lukooya, Jaffery Owiti and Ezekiel Odera.Of all coach Dylan Kerr’s January buys, only midfielder Humphrey Mieno managed to sneak in a starting place with Joash Onyango starting at centre back with Shakava as Gor started life without long serving Musa Mohammed.AFC had the first chances of the game. In the eighth minute, new boy Mburu swung in a long throw from the left but Arkoh glanced it wide. Minutes later, Mburu had an effort with an inswinging freekick from his left foot but it went just wide.But from then, Gor took on AFC by the horns, and Odhiambo had his first effort in the 15th minute when he struck a shot from the left after a lay off from Mieno but it went just over.Gor had shouts for a penalty downed in the 19th minute when Abdallah seemed to bump into Meddie Kagere’s back inside the box, but referee Peter Waweru waved play on.Gor Mahia left back Godfrey Walusimbi attempts to go past AFC Leopards’ Dennis Sikhayi during the Kenyan Premier League Super Cup at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluArkoh had an opportunity to mark his debut with a goal when he was put through by Kuria from the middle of the pack after AFC lost possession but his stinging shot was well collected by Oluoch.Gor’s command of possession finally bore fruit after 35 minutes when Shakava thumped in the header.There wasn’t much activity of attacking proportion in the second half, save for each coach making changes to give all their players some minutes of work out. 0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Of course I want to be England’s number nine!’ – Harry Kane on talkSPORT

first_imgHarry Kane has told talkSPORT he is hoping to be England’s number nine, as the Spurs striker prepares to head to the Euros with the Three Lions.The 22-year-old forward is seen as the favourite to be Roy Hodgson’s first-choice attacker this summer, having hit 46 league goals in the last two seasons with the Lilywhites.He has also netted four goals in just 10 appearances for England, and the majority view is that Kane is the best striker currently in the English game.However, Kane has been given no promises that he will lead the line, although he has made it clear he wants the chance of being known as England’s number nine.The young forward said: “I worked very hard to get into this position, but of course I want to be England’s number nine. I want to be starting for my country, as everyone else does, but we’ll see what happens.“I know I’ve got to keep working hard and trying to impress him [Roy Hodgson] in training and the friendlies coming up, and he’ll obviously pick whoever he feels deserves to start upfront.”Jamie Vardy has often played wide under Hodgson, and Daniel Sturridge is down the pecking order, meaning that the clear rival for Kane’s starting role as the central striker is Wayne Rooney.The Three Lions skipper has struggled in recent months upfront, and Kane was questioned about the veteran potentially starting in a midfield role this summer.He continued: “You’ve seen throughout his career that he’s not just a goalscorer; he can assist, he’s got a great pass on him.“That’s down to the manager, where he wants [people] to play and who he’s going to play. But if he’s playing, he’s got that ability to put balls in and switch play, and like I said, he’s got a great pass on him.“We’ll just have to see where he plays, and we’ll go from there.”last_img read more