Gor Mahia upbeat ahead of Sofapaka match

By nesta kizito
May 09, 2021
  • Gor Mahia players celebrate after a past league match.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Gor Mahia are confident of maintain top spot in the Kenyan Premier League table even they face a tough opposition this weekend.

The defending champions will host 2009 winners Sofapaka on Saturday in a high-billed match at City Stadium but coach Bobby Williamson says his men are in good shape for the task at hand.

“We are not under any pressure in this game. We remain focused and calm like always. This is a game like any other and our approach will be the same with one aim – winning,” Williamson was quoted by the club’s official website gormahiafc.co.ke.

The club has made headline news for the last two weeks for all the wrong reasons, but on the pitch the players have somehow found a way of putting their financial problems in the back burner.

K’Ogalo have won all their last four matches to move top of the table with 23 points from 11 matches and Williamson says all is well within the team.

“We had enough time to do our best in training and my team is in good shape. No major injury concerns apart from Mutiso (Innocent) who is still out for some time but we have cover for his position,” he added.

However, in Sofapaka they will be up against tough customers whose coach Sam Timbe was left fuming after the team let slip a two-goal lead last weekend to settle for a 3-3 draw with Western Stima in Machakos.

But with second placed Chemelil Sugar snapping on their heels, K’Ogalo will take care not to slip up.

Unbeaten run

Chemelil, who are just two points off the pace, will be seeking to maintain their unbeaten run when they visit Western Stima at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru in the only other match scheduled for Saturday.

Sunday will be a much busier day with six matches on the cards. Meru’s Kinoru Stadium will turn a new leaf by hosting its first ever KPL match (in the league’s current format) when Tusker entertain debutants KRA.

The stadium has been inactive for several years but recently received a seal of approval from KPL to host league matches following extensive renovation works.

But playing in an unfamiliar turf will be the least of Tusker’s worries; Francis Kimanzi’s men will be more concerned with ending a three-game losing streak that has seen them plummeting from the top of the table to fifth spot within that period.

The day’s big match will played at the Nyayo National Stadium where Thika United and AFC Leopards will clash in the second of a double-header.

The match will be played in the backdrop of Leopards’ endless search for a new coach to replace James Nandwa who was sacked last month after a series of poor results.

The club had been expected to name a new coach before the weekend match but the intended unveiling of Englishman Trevor Morgan as the man in charge failed to materialize.

Regardless, stand-in coach Juma Abdallah should find enough motivation from the team’s victory over Tusker the last time out to conjure a positive result against Thika.

Weekend Fixtures Saturday: Gor Mahia vs Sofapaka (City-3pm), Western Stima vs Chemelil Sugar (Afraha-3pm) Sunday: Top Fry Nakuru vs Ulinzi Stars (3pm), Mathare United vs City Stars (Machakos-3pm), Tusker vs KRA (Kinoru-3pm), KCB vs Muhoroni Youth (Nyayo-2pm), Thika United vs AFC Leopards (Nyayo-4:15pm), Bandari vs Sony Sugar (Mombasa-3pm)