Gor Mahia will play their first home game of the 2017 Kenya Premier League this weekend. The match will take place on Saturday at Moi stadium Kisumu where Gor Mahia will likely play a significant portion of their home matches this season. This is due to the unavailability of Kasarani, Nyayo and City stadium, all of which are closed for renovation.
The newly promoted Kericho based side are a relative newbies having been formed in 2009. Since then they have risen meteorically to the top tier league. In 2015, they finished 3rd in the National Super League and missed promotion to KPL by only one point. In 2016, they finished 3rd again. Luckily for them, the KPL was expanded, thus taking in four teams from the National Super League.
They are the first team from Kericho to play in the Kenya Premier League. The last time a team from Kericho was in the top tier was in 2001 with Brooke Bond FC who were relegated that year after 3 seasons in the top league. Zoo started their league campaign last weekend losing to 0-1 to Posta Rangers.
Gor Mahia for their part will look to continue their winning form. After beating Tusker and Kariobangi Sharks, they will be looking to extend their winning streak to three. Coach Ze Maria is confident that he has solutions for every possible situation.
“With the quality of players I have, we can deploy any system like the 3-5-2 formation we used against Sharks or the 4-3-2-1 system. I have many solutions for my team this season. It is definitely going to be difficult to select the players. But I am happy because every coach wants to be in such a situation as players will give more than 100 per cent,” said Ze Maria to the Standard.
Updated statement from Ben Omondi (Secretary General)
Gormahia V Zoo Kericho
Kick off 3pm
Gate :- Kshs. 600 VIP and Terraces Kshs. 200
Tickets will be sold from 9 am outside the stadium
It’s 3 pm since the match will not be aired live as earlier planned