Having beaten FKF division one side, Shabana FC 6-0 in their previous GoTV Shield match, Gor Mahia now have a sterner test as they take on Thika United in the third round match to be played on Sunday at the City Stadium.
Gor Mahia are keen on defending the title they have won for two consecutive years. And after their loss to Tusker last weekend, Gor Mahia should be in no mood to take chances. However Thika has proven a difficult matchup for Kogalo of late. Their last encounter on June 23 ended in a goal-less draw at Kasarani. The previous match which was on the last day of the 2012 league ended in a 1-1 draw.
Thika have seemingly fallen out of contention in the Kenya premier league will come out all guns blazing as this is their only hope for silverware this season. “Our match against Gor will be very difficult and I will be approaching it with a winning mentality. My players are tired after many matches but I will urge them to enjoy the game since it will be a big stage for them to show case their talents.” said John Kamau, the Thika coach to supersport.
Gor Mahia will be looking to make amends for their below par performance in the last 5 league matches where they have only collected 5 points out of a possible 15. Paul Kiongera who had found a rich vein of form when Bobby Williamson arrived cant seem to find his scoring boots of late. Anthony Akumu is once again blowing hot and cold, while the team as a whole is once again going through a period where they can hardly string more than 3 passes together. Over the past 3 years, Kogalo usually start the league poorly but finish with a sprint. This year however, Gor Mahia appear to be slowing down exactly when they should be stepping on the accelerator.
They will be counting on their fans to turn out in large numbers. ” I have told my players it will be important to keep their nerves as K’Ogalo have the advantage of the 12th player with their passionate fans.” said Kamau. Kogalo fans will be hoping that the team can regain its winning form which appears to have eluded them of late.