Gor Mahia have yet to drop a point in the 2018 Kenya Premier League. They have won three matches in three games. On Wednesday, they will face their sternest test when they take on Tusker at Machakos.
They will be playing against former player Timothy Otieno, a player who did not get much playing time under Dylan Kerr. It is for this reason that Kerr believes the former Kakamega high stalwart will be playing with a chip on his shoulder.
“Timothy poses danger to us and I am sure he will want to get one over me. We have to have a strategy to stop him but above all we must keep the momentum knowing Esperance lie ahead of us in the CAF Champions League,” he said to the Standard.
Kerr is not satisfied with his team’s scoring record. It is an issue that could cost Kogalo dearly against Esperance.
“We have to score many goals. We create chances but we have to have that cutting edge,” continued Kerr.
His options might be limited if Tuyisenge has yet to return to full fitness and he has to balance between winning league matches and resting players for the Esperance encounter.
“It is a tough balancing act in rotating players knowing you have many engagements coming up,” said Kerr.
Tusker will be buoyed after winning their first match of the 2018 season. Gor Mahia will be hoping for a similar result to the one that pertained the last time these two sides met. This was on September 23 2017. Kogalo beat Tusker 2-0 at a rain soaked Kericho Green stadium. The goals came via George Odhiambo and Meddie Kagere.
Indeed Blackberry has played some memorable matches against Tusker. In 2010, he scored one of the best individual goals seen in Kenya in the last decade when he weaved past the entire Tusker defence and planted the ball on the roof of the net.
On the Gor Mahia side, Humphrey Mieno and Cercidy Okeyo could prove useful playing against their former club. In goal, Kerr will likely prefer Boniface Oluoch to give the custodian a chance to regain his confidence.
Gor Mahia are currently in second place with a game in hand. A win over Tusker will see them claim the top position in the 2018 Kenya Premier League.