The 2017 Kenya Premier League is now well into the second leg. There is no longer much room left for error. But as some of the early pace-setters like Posta Rangers, Ulinzi and Tusker continue to falter, Gor Mahia are in top form and in prime position to recapture the title they lost last season. Gor Mahia are six points clear of second placed Sofapaka with a game in hand. However they cannot relax because second placed Sofapaka are also in fine form.
Gor Mahia’s play is indeed much better than it was in the first leg under Brazilian tactician Ze Maria. One player whose form mirrors the renaissance is Rwandese midfielder “Migi” Mugiraneza. Signed in January from Azam, his seemingly poor form left many fans wondering if he should be released in the June transfer window. But since the arrival of coach Dylan Kerr, Migi has seen his form rise and he provided one of the assists on Saturday.
“I never lost my form, I was being played off position. All my life, even in the national team, I play the traditional number six, but Ze Maria insisted I play as a winger or at times behind strikers, I was never comfortable. I talked to him about it but he ended up denying me play time. Kerr understands me from my days at Azam when he was at Simba. I explained to him my situation at Gor when he came and he trusted me and deployed me in the midfield where I enjoy most playing. He is so far impressed with me. he told Soka25east.
George Odhiambo “Blackberry” who supplied one of the assists on Saturday has also seen a renaissance in his career that has seen him return to the national team while in an unexpected turn of events, new goalkeeper Peter Odhiambo is quickly emerging as the first choice keeper. His spectacular save of a penalty will only strengthen his claim to the starting line-up.
Impressively, Gor Mahia hammered Nzoia despite not having the services of key players: Karim Nizigiyimana, Philemon Otieno, Ernest Wendo and Godfrey Walusimbi. The latter was away playing for the Uganda Cranes against Egypt. Walusimbi, who has been consistent since he joined in 2014, was a target of KF Tirana according to Judith Nyangi.
“Yes, Walusimbi was contacted by Tirana, but he refused the offer opting to stay with us. As far as I am concerned, he is not going anywhere. His contract is expiring at the end of this season but no cause for alarm because that is his nature, we are optimistic,” said Nyangi to goal.com
Club official Judith Nyangi announced Saturday’s gate collections as follows:
VIP sold 127 @ 500= 63,500
Terrace 1657 tickets @200= 331,400
Total gate collection= 394,400
She announced those numbers on her social media pages.