Gor Mahia will play their first real match of 2018 this coming Sunday against arch rivals AFC Leopards. Kogalo will be defending the Super Cup diadem which they won by beating Tusker FC last January thanks to a Jacque Tuyisenge penalty.
Aside from the Super Cup, its an opportunity for coach Dylan Kerr to test his charges in a high pressure situation especially new signings like the evastly experienced Humphrey Mieno, the returning Kevin Omondi, and the Ivorian Ephrem Guikan.
Striker Meddie Kagere who has an admirable scoring record against Ingwe will once again be counted on for goals. Kevin Omondi has always played well against AFC. And for Harun Shakava, is his first chance to lift silverware as the official
But Leopards under Robert Matano and his spoiler tactics have proven a hard nut to crack. And Matano has sought to play down the significance of the game.
“It a game like any other and not a do or die fixture for us. It is a pre-season fixture and we will approach it that way. We are preparing the team for the season and the match is good for us.” he told goal.com
For Gor Mahia, club official Ronald Ngala thinks the win over KCCA has buoyed the players.
“We have played a couple of friendlies, the last one being against KCCA in which we beat them. I believe the head coach has marked some of the players including new signings who will be used in the Mashemeji Derby(weekend meeting). We won the Cup last season, and we are doing the same this season, so I am warning Ingwee to be ready for disappointments,” Ngala told Citizen Sports.
The match kicks off at 3pM Sunday at Afraha stadium.