Gor Mahia seek to overhaul Thika United

By nesta kizito
Jul 16, 2021
  • Coach Bobby Williamson conducts a training session at the City Stadium.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

After a 10-day break, action in the Kenyan Premier League will resume on Wednesday with two key matches on the cards.

Reigning champions Tusker have a date with 2008 champions Mathare United from 3pm at City Stadium before Chemelil Sugar ‘host’ Gor Mahia in a floodlit match at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Focus will definitely be on the second match for one simple reason. K’Ogalo will be playing their first match since the arrival of Scottish coach Bobby Williamson and the former Ugandan national team boss is in a good position to hoist K’Ogalo to the top of the table on his debut.

Gor Mahia trail league leaders Thika United by two points and victory over the sugar millers will push them to the summit of the table for the first time this season.

Although seven of their players have been away with Harambee Stars at the ongoing Cosafa Cup, Williamson has had enough time to access and familiarize with his playing unit.

“We have our first assignment set and that is what we are looking forward to. I am looking forward to meeting the group from the Cosafa tournament then we can work on a formula for the Wednesday match," the Scot told gormahiafc.co.ke at the weekend.

One major area of concern for Williamson will be the team’s blunt striking force.

In fourteen matches, Gor have only scored 12 goals, an average of less than one goal per game. Among the top ten teams, it’s only Ulinzi Stars that has scored fewer goals.

Low scoring record

This low scoring record has partially been due to Paul Kiongera’s long injury lay off and the dip in form of Rama Salim and Dan Sserunkuma. However, there is a silver lining in K’Ogalo’s dark cloud. Kiongera has since regained full fitness and Edwin Lavatsa is in great form.

Kiongera, Lavatsa and Rama were all part of Harambee Stars squad in Zambia. Chemelil Sugar will be seeking to maintain their good run thus far. A win will lift them from fifth to second on 26 points.

The sugar millers will be without Georson Likonoh through suspension while Gor will miss newly acquired offensive midfielder Paul Odhiambo also through suspension.

In the day’s other match, eighth placed Tusker will be looking to move a massive five places to third on the table when they play Mathare United at City Stadium.

The league champions have staged a lukewarm title defence thus far and are yet engage top gear in their quest to win a third consecutive title.

Their task will be made all the more difficult by a Mathare side that has a knack of rising to the occasion whenever they are playing against the top sides.