Winning the league unbeaten In 1976


In 1976, Gor Mahia won the league unbeaten for the first time. The previous season, their rivalry with Luo Union had reached its peak after Luo Union snatched the league title from Gor Mahia in the last game of the season. 

Luo Union had a backbone of ex-Gor Mahia who had rebelled from the club at the end of the 1973 season. These included legendary Kenyan goalkeeper James Siang’a and mercurial striker William Ouma ‘Chege’. While they had been favourites to win the league in 1974, Gor Mahia’s new array of young stars that included Laban Otieno and George Yoga had carried the day.

Luo Union had exacted revenge the following season but Gor Mahia, led by new signing Maurice Ochieng’ ‘Sonyi’ had  the last laugh as they won the league unbeaten with Sonyi scoring 18 league goals in his first season for the club. Highlights of this season included an epic comeback win against Maragoli FC. 

With Maragoli leading 3-1 at halftime, it seemed like Gor Mahia would lose its first game of the season but 3 goals in the second half from Maurice Ochieng’, George Yoga and Jerry Imbo ensured Gor Mahia ran out 4-3 winners. 

Gor Mahia completed a league double over their traditional rivals Abaluhya that season, winning the first leg 2-1 courtesy of Maurice Ochieng’ and George Yoga while Francis Mudany’s solitary goal was enough for another win in the second leg. 

Having drawn their opening game 1-1 with Luo Union, Gor managed to hold the defending champions 2-2 in their second leg outing to secure the championship and while Luo Union would later knock them out of the FA Challenge Cup later in the year. 

Winning the league unbeaten that year was one of the club’s greatest moments.

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