After having dispatched lower tier side Langata Gremio in the opening round and KPL side Ushuru in the 2nd round, Gor Mahia will once again face minnows from a lower league in Palos FC of Kisumu. However Gor Mahia will have to be wary of Palos. It was in Kisumu last season that Gor Mahia met their waterloo in the GoTV shield, surprisingly losing to GFC 105 on spot kicks.
Palos made it to the next round after having beatenPalos edged out Talanta 4-2 on post-match penalties.
They are a 3rd tier team eager to make the great leap to the big league in a few years. Essentially they are what Muhoroni Youth was 5 years ago. And they are probably the next incarnation of great community teams that have emerged from the City of Kisumu, following in the path of legendary teams like Kisumu Hotstars, Kisumu All Stars, Kisumu Posta and Kisumu Blackstars, all of which were feeder clubs for Gor Mahia. Many Gor Mahia legends of the past came from these teams. Players like Allan Thigo, Bobby Ogolla, Charles Otieno, John Okello Zangi, Anthony Ndolo, Tom Odhiambo, John Chore and many others.
With that in mind, Kisumu Palos players will be keen to impress. They will play the game of their lives.
“For most of our players, this is the biggest game of their career. The fact that Gor Mahia are enjoying top form makes it even more difficult. But it is a huge motivation to us and we want to prove a point,” said their coach Paul Ogai to the Standard.
Ogai insisted that anything can happen in the match. “We have watched Gor Mahia’s matches and realised that the attack is their biggest strength. At the same time, however, they tend to leave their back exposed. If we get organised, then we can do it.” he continued.
More About Palos FC
The club’s website states that Palos FC is a is a product of Makini Sports Academy started in 2012 dedicated to the development of football skills, encouraging good sportsmanship, physical fitness, positive team play, and the enjoyment of the game according to FKF and FIFA rules
Palos FC Club plays a lead role in encouraging and nurturing its next generation of football players in Kisumu County Miwani sub location Nyangeta zone by providing opportunities for talented senior and junior players to compete at the highest level, including in district, provincial and national youth tournaments.