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.