Gor Mahia’s quest for a third domestic title to wrap up the year on a high went up in smoke as an astute Nakumatt FC side condemned the 15 – time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions to a first loss to a Kenyan team this season.
The KPL champions obviously went into the game unprepared as the players had to stage a boycott before the game in protest over unpaid dues and the team’s management ran helta skelta to pay a part of the players dues before the layers hurriedly warmed up for the match.
Gor Mahia took the lead on the 41st minute through Michael Olunga whose free kick curled over the Nakumatt wall and past Wycliffe Kasaya.
The lead however lasted only up to the 55th minute as former Sofapaka man John Njoroge struck the leveler off a Tyrone Owino pass.
The match stayed level and towards the end Nakumatt coach pulled out goalkeeper Kasaya for Zamu Adisa and as the game headed to penalties to break the tie and the keeper stopped one as another blazed over.
Meddie Kagere missed his spot kick with Godfrey Walusimbi saw his delivery stopped by the keeper. Enoch Agwanda and Ali Abondo converted their kicks for Gor Mahia as Mustafa Mohamed, Donald Mosoti, Cornelius Juma and Peter Nzuki netted for Nakumatt.
Nakumatt will now set up a date with Bandari in the final on Sunday 13 December.