2021 was a year to forget for Gor Mahia striker Benson Omalla; first his six-month loan move to Sweden lasted just a couple of weeks, coming back to his parent club before falling out with the some members of the K’Ogalo technical bench last December.

So bad the fall out was that the Omalla returned to his home town of Kisumu, training with Manyatta United, his boyhood club in bid to keep himself fit.

It was until late February 2022 when the former Western Stima striker returned to Gor Mahia after German head coach Andreas Spier took over from his English predecessor Mark Harrison who was sacked together with his entire technical bench following a string of poor results.

Having missed a large number of games since the start of the year and fluffing in front of goal, Omalla’s 2022 has been nothing short of a turbulent year with goals not coming his way even after being restored into the starting lineup.

Benson Omalla moved to Sweden in May on a six-month loan deal with Division One Linkoping City but has parted ways with the club just weeks into the deal. PHOTO/COURTESY

The striker was however all smiles after scoring his first goal of 2022 to hand Gor Mahia a 1-0 win over KCB at the Thika Stadium in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League last Sunday.

“It is a very good feeling to score because it has been a while since I got on the score sheet but I won’t get carried away by the goal as I will continue to work hard. In the game against KCB I really gave my all and what was left in the game was to get a goal which I got towards the end of the game,” Omalla is quoted by Citizen Digital.

The striker headed home from a Philemon Otieno free kick in the 76th minute to not only end his barrenness I front of goal in 2022 but also decide the match.

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