Dennis Oliech scored his first goal for Gor Mahia in only his second appearance for the club, helping the side to a 2-1 win over Posta Rangers in a rescheduled Kenyan Premier League (KPL) fixture played on Wednesday 9 January at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani.
All three goals were scored in the first-half with Oliech cancelling out Francis Nambute’s effort that had levelled the scores following defender Charles Momanyi’s opener.
Granted his first start for the side, Oliech repaid head coach Hassan Oktay’s faith by scoring the winner in first-half stoppage time with a trademark thunderous strike to reel back memories of The Menace of old.
The strike came in the fifth minute of the nine to be added on in the first half after play was stopped midway through the stanza as a result of injury to a player.
His first goal in the local scene for 15 years came at the very venue (Kasarani Stadium) that he cemented his name as a Kenyan great with the winning goal, another unstoppable shot in 2003 against Cape Verde, that sealed Harambee Stars' passage to the 2004 AFCON finals - Stars’ last continental appearance to date.
The goal came just moments after Rangers had silenced the crowd with a reply to Momanyi’s opener and will surely go a long way in increasing his confidence, with the striker expected to shoulder much of the goal scoring burden at Gor Mahia.
The win lifts the defending league champions up to 5th on the standings with 10 points, four adrift of table toppers Mathare United while Rangers remain third from bottom with six points and unable to build on their 1-0 win over Kakamega Homeboyz last time out.