Western Stima vow to stop resurgent Gor

By alex wafula
May 12, 2016
  • Tusker FC play Sofapaka in Machakos while Gor Mahia wil be in Kisumu to tackle estern Stima. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Henry Omino, the Western Stima FC coach has vowed to stop the resurgence of Gor Mahia FC, the reigning Kenyan Premier League champions when they face off at the Moi Stadium Kisumu on Sunday.

Gor have won three of their last matches been but the prospect of facing them at their highest point does not waiver Omino’s confidence.

Gor will be returning to the Moi Stadium after putting up a stellar performance last weekend to see off Muhoroni Youth 2-0.

Seventh-placed Western Stima dropped points from a winning position last weekend in a two-all draw with Mathare United.

“It was very unfortunate that we led 2-0 but ended up drawing 2-2. We want to bounce back and do so in a big way. We know Gor are in good form but we have been a force to reckon at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu. I am positive we will win,” Omino said.

Western Stima are unlikely to enjoy ‘home advantage’ when they face Gor as the 15-time league champions enjoy massive support when they play in Kisumu.

It is something coach Omino is fully aware of but remains optimistic on the pitch, Gor will dance to their rhythm.

Coach Jose Marcello Ferreira has made it clear he wants to see Gor defend the Premier League title though he concedes it will be a tough affair against Western Stima.

“It is a tough match. They are a good team and I have watched them play last against Mathare. We should not expect it easy. But we will play on a good surface which will allow us express our passing game,” the Brazillian coach offered.

AFC Leopards v Muhoroni Youth

At the same venue on Saturday, rivals AFC Leopards will face Muhoroni Youth who recently appointed Leonard Odipo, a former Sony Sugar coach as their new technical director. Ingwe has not won in their last four league matches.

Ivan Minnaert, the AFC Leopards coach has urged his charges to make the chances count and pull themselves back into the top three after dropping to sixth.

“It is important for us because in the last two games, we play very well but we don’t convert chances. Our attitude is good and the way we press is impressive. Now we need to score,” Minnaert said.

Having lost to Gor last weekend, James Omondi, the Muhoroni Youth coach has urged his boys to bounce back and beat AFC Leopards, a side they have only managed to beat twice in eight attempts.

In another eye-catching weekend fixture, second-placed Mathare United will be in Mombasa to take on Bandar who have not won a game in seven matches. They have not beaten Mathare United in 10  attempts.

Twahir Muhiddin, the Bandari FC coach is wary of the demands the club’s top management have from him after heavy recruitment in January. 

“We have been hit with injuries and hence failed to have a consistent starting team. Also, most of my players have dipped in form and that has really cost us. I hope we can turn the corner this weekend though it comes against a very tough opponent,” Muhiddin said.

Tusker v Sofapaka

Bandari are 10th on the standings while Mathare United are second. The alemen will be at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos taking on Sofapaka. Batoto ba Mungu have had a disastrous start to the season winning only once. 

If Tusker FC and Mathare United drop points, then their dominance at the apex might be challenged by an on form Posta Rangers side which has not lost in the last six matches. Zedekiah Otieno expects a tough against Chemelil Sugar in Nairobi on Saturday.

“Chemelil are a good side, no doubt. We cannot approach that match with a lazy," the experienced tactician said.

KPL Weekend fixtures

Saturday: Tusker FC v Sofapaka (Machakos), Posta Rangers v Chemelil Sugar (Nyayo), Sony Sugar v Thika United (Awendo), Muhoroni Youth v AFC Leopards (Moi Stadium); Sunday: Bandari FC v Mathare United (Mbaraki), Ushuru FC v Kakamega Homeboyz (Nyayo Stadium), Western Stima v Gor Mahia (Moi Stadium), Ulinzi Stars v City Stars (Afraha Stadium)