14 Apr 17

After a hard fought win against Kakamega Homeboyz at Afraha last weekend, Gor Mahia are back in the title hunt. They will be trying to maintain their lead in the stadings when they take on SoNy Sugar of Awendo at teh friendly confines of Moi stadium Kisumu.

SoNy Sugar who are currently eighth in the standings, are in high spirits after beating Thika United 1-0 last weekend.

SoNy Sugar has always been a tough nut to crack. In the last 4 years, the match typically ends in a hard earned 1-0 win for Kogalo and in some rare cases a 0-0 draw.  In 2016, Gor Mahia were held 0-0 by SoNy Sugar at Awendo, a results that slowed down Gor Mahia’s title chase. Ze Maria who is keen to make amends will be going for nothing less than a win.

Prior to that scoreless draw, Gor Mahia had won the first leg 1-0. In 2015, Gor Mahia pipped SoNy Sugar 1-0 in the first  and second legs. The second leg win is what clinched the league title for Gor Mahia with the goal coming from Innocent Wafula. In the 2015 first leg, it was a sublime free-kick from Ali Abondo that earned Kogalo a 1-0 win at Awendo.

This time coach Salim Babu of SoNy Sugar is determined to turn the tables. He was at Afraha stadium last  weekend scouting and he thinks he has found a formula to beat Gor Mahia.

“We have seen their strengths especially playing from the wings and we know what to do to beat them. It is a big team of course and they have always been tough against us, but we are determined to get a win past them and I know with the motivation my boys have, it is possible,” said Babu to Capital FM.

Gor Mahia coach Ze Maria knows it will be a tough outing.

“It is a tough match against Sony because they play like a unit. They have good individual players but for us, our objective remains to win our matches. We know the fans expect a lot from us and always, we should go there prepared to win,” said the former Brazil international.

According to Judith Nyangi, the traveling squad is as follows:

Boniface Oluoch, Peter Odhiambo, Karim Nizigiyimana, Godfrey Walusimbi, Haron Shakava, Musa Mohammed,Wellington Ochieng’, Ernest Wendo, JacquesTuysenge, Kenneth Muguna, Meddie Kagere, George Odhiambo, Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza, Francis Kahata, Philemon Otieno,Antony Mbugua, Timothy Otieno, John Ndirangu and Innocent Wafula.

Still missing from the squad is Collins Okoth “Gattuso” who does not seem to have made amends with the club’s technical bench.

According to Judith Nyangi, the match kickoff time is 3pm on Saturday April 15.


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5 Comments.

  • Odhis muga says:

    Babu claims he was at Afraha to take notes.Hopefully Ze maria will beat him with a wider margin and erase his notes.

  • musymo says:

    Good luck to Mayienga. On my way to Mboka right about now. By the way who knows what happened to Maloba. Injury?. He was always making the squad and playing as a sub. Missed the squad for Hboys and this one. He is a darling to watch on the ball!!!

  • Oduor12 says:

    RIP Jakom,Zack Mbori Ondiek. Chairman par excellence. Wishing K’galo victory against S.Sugar.

  • ja Thur GI ji says:

    What about Joash, Jeconia and Calabar Jr? When will they make league appearance.And there’s a third and fourth goalkeepers? Also waiting to see Ndirangu play in the team

  • Joods says:

    We are currently just playing samba socca.That Wendo goal!a snap shot outside the D area after Sony erected their usual buses.In the fast half gor played the ball themselves reducing Sony to spectators until I heard shouts. “we don’t want display we want goal”Wendo must have heard this too. He unleashed a shot outside D area typical of an attacking midfielder.it was Europa type. Then came the moment of madness or pedestrian defending. Playing tiki taka dangerously
    around the box ,that Sony tall danger man snatch the ball beat the entire defence including Bonface.A mark of quality striker. For the first time I was glad to see tuyisenge being taken out early in the second half.he was so indecisive that he wasted a free header in the early minutes. Wendo,Walusimbi and mugiraneza are the true gor mahia Tomahawks. These three together with Miguna tossed Sony around in the midfield like school boys. Then the cooking of kagere goal.just marvelous.Nobody could comprehend how the sleek one two passes got past Sony bus and kagere just followed the ball into the net. Am not sure if he actually touched the ball.Then enter Ndirangu for tuyisenge. This boy is fleet footed and a quick thinker. With his entry gor just pinned Sony with a third goal seem in the offing. Last week western stima pulled a tharaka-nithi on gor.Fans were not ready for another and hence the shouts”we don’t want display we want goals”There is that tendency by gor mahia to forget attacking after scoring fast. There is actually high level reluctance in the wing backs and final third and hence the scoring margin despite gor dominance in open play.Its high time we bench tuyisenge and Timothy for sometime so that another formation is tried. It worked today. Nizigimana was down today. He disappointed fans today with back passes after Sony shut his wing.