Destiny in K’Ogalo’s hands

Nov 05, 2012
  • Photo:SNA File

17 years is such a long time. A good number of children born then are in the middle of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education final examinations.

Yet, this is the period of time that Gor Mahia has gone without winning the Kenyan Premier League.

The year 1995 was when Gor won the last of their twelve league titles. Between that time and now while Gor struggled in the shadows of its glorious past, other clubs like Tusker, Ulinzi and Oserian won multiple titles.

However, Sunday’s emphatic 4-0 win over Muhoroni Youth placed K’Ogalo on the threshold of their thirteenth league title.

The euphoric reaction that greeted the team’s superb performance against Muhoroni betrayed the strong belief among their fans that this could be the year K’Ogalo finally breaks the hoodoo.

Although Croatian coach, Zdravko Logarusic was almost unemotional after the match, he later spilled the beans via social media.

“Hello everyone. Thanks for your unwavering support. You can now send your observations and congratulatory messages on my page. Thank you all”, he posted on his Facebook page.

The post attracted a flurry of comments with most fans lauding the coach for turning round the club’s fortunes.

Only ninety minutes stands between Gor and the much sought after championship. Indeed, K’Ogalo have one hand on the trophy.

Remarkable turnaround? 

If Gor goes on to win the title, it will be the most the remarkable turnaround in the league’s history. 

From their horrendous start to the campaign, Gor have practically pulled off a mission impossible to climb to the top of the table.

However, their last match against Thika United on Saturday at the City Stadium could be the longest 90 minutes of their lives.

Suffice to say, a win is all Gor needs irrespective of whatever happens in other matches involving AFC Leopards and Tusker.

AFC Leopards coach Jan Koops has admitted as much. “It is a known fact that Gor is on top. We can only be champions if we win and both Gor and Tusker lose”, the 71-year-old Dutchman said.

Gor tops the log with 58 points followed by Tusker and Leopards on 57 points each.

Leopards, who are seeking to win their first title since 1998, will play Chemelil Sugar in Chemeili in their last match, while the brewers have a date with Nairobi City Stars at Hope Center.

Still, there is a chance to a final twist to the tale.

If Gor lose and both Tusker and Leopards draw, then the three teams will finish level on 58 points. In such an eventuality, goals differences will come into play.

(Next we look at AFC Leopards)

 

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