Gor Mahia vs Bandari highlight weekend action

By nesta kizito
Jun 28, 2013
  • Gor Mahia Stand-in coach John “Bobby” Ogolla.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

After dropping valuable points mid-week against Thika United, Gor Mahia will look to make amends against Bandari in one of the key matches of the weekend.

On Wednesday, Gor were frustrated to a barren draw by the league leaders, in a match that would have seen them going second on the log had they collected maximum points.

On Sunday, they will be up against the other of the two teams that are perched above them on the table, Bandari.

Although the team is still nursing a ‘hangover’ after the summary dismissal of truant coach Zdravko Logarusic earlier in the week, stand-in coach John “Bobby” Ogolla insists his team is in the right frame of mind.

“Of course with the exit of the coach we have had to re organize ourselves and come to terms with the fact that we are entering a new phase. Logarusic had his way of doing things and I have mine, but we should get on just well,” Ogolla said.

In Bandari they will come up against a side that has thus far rode it’s luck on their first season since returning to top flight football from the Nationwide League.

The dockers have maintained an unbeaten run at home while at the same time chalking up positive results on the road. Straight wins from their last two matches have lifted them to second spot with 23 points from fourteen matches.

In with a shout

From this good run, Twahhir Muhhidin’s men are certainly in with a shout for title contention and Gor will most probably approach them cautiously.

In another key match of the weekend, defending champions Tusker have a date with Sofapaka on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The two teams had contrasting build ups to this potentially explosive encounter. The brewers blew a hapless Kakamega Homeboyz into smithereens with an emphatic 5-1 win.

Former Mathare United man Jesse Were was the toast of the match, plundering four goals to shoot to the top of the goal scorers list with 10 goals.

He will certainly be the man Tusker will bank on to shore in more goals against Sofapaka.

In contrast, Batoto ba Mungu were mercilessly mauled 3-0 by AFC leopards in their last match.

But that said, Sofapaka coach David Ouma is confident that his men have the character to rise to the occasion and bounce back against Tusker.

“We have sat down as a team and rectified the mistakes we made in that game. We respect Tusker but we are going to give them a fight”, Ouma said.

On Saturday, KCB will face Western Stima at Nyayo while Nairobi City Stars will host Mathare United at Hope Centre.

In Awendo, Sony Sugar host Homeboyz as Chemelil Sugar clash with Muhoroni Youth. On Monday, AFC Leopards will be up against Thika United in an empty Nyayo National Stadium.

Fixtures: Saturday: KCB v Western Stima (Nyayo), City Stars v Mathare United (Hope Centre), Sony Sugar v Homeboyz (Awendo), Chemelil v Muhoroni Youth (Chemelil). Sunday: Tusker v Sofapaka (Nyayo), Gor Mahia v Bandari (City).