Having won the 2015 Supercup and 2015 Kenya Premier League title and having made it through to the next round of the GoTV shield, Gor Mahia will start their campaign for a fourth title in 2015 when they take on Muhoroni Youth this weekend.
So far in 2015, Gor Mahia have not lost to any local team during regular play. They will be looking to continue with their unbeaten streak. But Muhoroni have been in fine form during the second leg of the 2015 season. They have not lost in their last 12 matches, a feat that has seen them rise from the relegation zone to their current fourth position in the KPL standings. Team manager
“That game will be a derby on its own. It will be a match to decide whose unbeaten record is halted. We will really work hard to come out as winners, said their team manager Mike Odongo to futaa.com
For Gor Mahia aside from maintaining their unbeaten run, it is a chance for certain players who have been absent for long stretches to prove their worth. Jerim Onyango or Wycliff Juma should see action between the sticks.
George Odhiambo “Blackberry” was resurgent in 2014 but has spent a lot of time on the bench until recently when he has started to work his way back into the starting line-up.
“I am happy to be able to play wherever I can and to contribute to the team winning. That is the most important thing for me and not personal glory,” he said to supersport.com.
And Blackberry is well aware of the threat posed by Muhoroni Youth.
“The game will be tough and we know we cannot underestimate them at all,” he said.
“They will know that we are favourites and they will have nothing to lose so they will be very dangerous. The season so far has been very good and we know that we have to continue in the same vein and we will be in a good place come the end of the season.” he continued.
Gor Mahia in the KPL Top 8
Gor Mahia has played in every single KPL top 8 tournament since the tournament’s inauguration in 2011.
In 2011, Gor Mahia opened by beating Mathare United 2-0 then lost to Ulinzi in the semis drawing the first leg 0-0 before losing the second leg 0-1.
Gor Mahia last won this trophy in 2012 when they beat Ulinzi Stars 2-0 in extra time with goals from Rama Salim and Itubu Imbem. In the first round they had received a walkover against AFC Leopards who opted out of the KPL Top 8 in order to focus on their league campaign. In the next round, Gor Mahia beat Tusker 1-0 in the first leg and 3-0 in the second leg. Goals came from Rama Salim, Edwin Lavatsa and a memorable goal from Moses Odhiambo “Dube” who lobbed the out of position Tusker goalkeeper.
In the 2013 opening round, Gor Mahia beat Ulinzi 4-2 on penalties after the game had ended scoreless. In the semis they lost 0-1 to Tusker in the first leg and drew the second leg 0-0.
In 2014 Gor Mahia opened with a 2-1 win over Thika United thanks to goals from George Odhiambo and Dan Sserunkuma. In the semis, they played Tusker. They lost the first leg 0-1 in Meru, before drawing the second leg 1-1 thanks to a goal from Rama Salim.