Just two weeks ago, Gor Mahia fans were all but resigned to the fate of finishing second to Tusker in the 2016 Kenya premier League. However the derby victory last week has lifted the spirits and hopes of fans. Firstly because it was Gor Mahia’s first win over arch rivals Ingwe since 2013 when Logarusic was in charge. Secondly because it brought Gor Mahia back to within shouting distance of Tusker.
Coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira has said that the next two matches will determine the league.
“By the end of next weekend it will be clear whether we shall be lifting the league trophy at the end of the season or not,” he said to the official KPL website.
“I know that Tusker drew their last game and yes, I followed their performance every week, but I don’t want to be preoccupied with whether they win or lose their other matches. My mind will fully be on Gor and our upcoming matches.” he continued.
For Gor Mahia to stand a chance, Tusker must draw at least one of the next two matches and Gor Mahia must win both. This will set up the final encounter on November 19 which will decide who lifts the title.
Gor Mahia Fixtures
|Sun 30-10-16||16:15||Gor Mahia vs Mathare United||Kasarani Stadium|
|Sat 05-11-16||14:00||Muhoroni Youth vs Gor Mahia||Moi Stadium|
|Sat 29-10-16||14:00||SonySugar vs Tusker||Awendo Stadium|
|Sun 06-11-16||14:00||Tusker vs AFC Leopards||Afraha Stadium|
|Sat 19-11-16||15:00||Gor Mahia vs Tusker||Nyayo Stadium|
But Marcelo continues to insist that he is not focused on what Tusker does but only on what he can control.
“What is most important to me right now is to ensure that the team performs well in the remaining games and that means collecting maximum points. We just want to play our game and keep our focus on trying to win every match that we engage in” he continued.
Gor Mahia have shifted their base from camp Toyoyo to Kasarani as they prepare to play the slum boys on Sunday.