Having won five straight matches without conceding a goal, Gor Mahia will continue their 2016 Kenya Premier League campaign when they take on Sofapaka at Moi Stadium Kisumu on Wednesday. Its an opportunity for Gor Mahia to continue their ascent up the league table. In the last five matches, Gor Mahia have risen from 12th place to 2nd place. They are now only 2 points behind league leaders Tusker.
Gor Mahia have now settled after the turmoil of the early season when Frank Nuttall and the club’s executive committee were embroiled in a fight over Nuttall’s contract. Rwanda striker Jacque Tuyisenge has proven to be a reliable goal-scorer and will be relied upon once again. He is currently 3rd in the goal-scoring chart with 6 goals. George Odhiambo “Blackberry, Geoffrey Walusimbi, Khalid Aucho, Karim Nizigiyimana, Innocent and Eric Ouma have all been in sensational form. Ouma for his part has credited the support he has received from senior players for the success he has had.
“The senior players have been motivating me to keep moving and work harder. Without them and their motivation I would not have made this step” he said to futaa.com
But also keep in mind that Marcelo is learning from Ze Maria who in his heyday was one of the best wing-backs in the world. Ouma who has been the subject of transfer rumours should keep that in mind if he considers joining a rival team. He may not have similar success under a different coach and different system.
Aside from individial brilliance, what has also carried Kogalo is the fighting spririt of the players.
“We were playing a good side, and I expected a tough match. I think what won this match for us is the fighting spirit of my team. You could see that they were hungry for a win. We deserved to win,” said coach Marcelo Ferreira after the Mathare match. That fighting spirit was also evident when Gor Mahia fought gamely to grab a late winner against Western Stima last weekend.
They will need to carry that same spirit against Sofapaka who though a pale shadow of their 2015 edition, still pose a danger. Heritier Luvalu and Barnabas Tiema are two players that Kogalo will need to pay particular attention to.
Kickoff Time: Wednesday 25-May-2016 at 14:00 hours