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Hull beats Gor Mahia to lift #HullCityChallenge title

Hull City won the #HullCityChallenge in sudden death penalty shootout against hosts Gor Mahia in a friendly match played at Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani.

With Gor keeper Boniface Oluoch saving three penalties in the normal spot kicks, the Kenya Premier League champions failed to win at home, losing 4-3 in penalties following a barren draw in normal time play.

The home side had the advantage heading into the final kick of the first five and it only needed Cercidy Okeyo to score, but he saw his kick saved and in turn Hull came alive in sudden death.

The two teams missed their first kicks. However, Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi saw his penalty saved with Hull’s Kevin Stewart scoring the response, ending up 4-3 winners.

Captain Harun Shakava missed the first spot for Gor but his team-mate Oluoch atoned making a save off Jarod Bowen. Meddie Kagere stepped up for the next and scored with Oluoch keeping the advantage saving Thomas Powell’s kick.

Jaques Tuyisenge who missed a chance in regulation time took Gor Mahia 2-0 with a well taken kick. Hull went back into the game with Jon Toral scoring.

Wesley Onguso had a chance of ensuring Gor remained steady in the lead, but his kick was saved by substitute keeper Callum Burton.

His blushes were saved with Oluoch saving from Brandon Fleming. Okeyo had the simple task of scoring the final kick and earn Gor the win, but he took a lame effort, Burton saving. Stewart Kevin scored Hull’s fifth to take the scores to 2-2.

With Gor preparing their second CAF Confederation Cup Group D match against Algerian outfit USM Alger at the same venue on Wednesday night, the team was faithful ahead of the match.

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