Gor Mahia will be seeking to put their campaign back in track this Sunday as they take on arch rivals AFC Leopards in the first Mashemeji derby of the 2019-2020 season.
After dispiriting losses to Mathare on Wednesday and to DC Motema Pembe last Sunday, Gor Mahia need a confidence booster. A win in the derby is precisely the medicine that the team and the fan base needs to inject the much needed confidence.
But it will not come easily against AFC who are determined to continue their resurgence. They are also keen to win given that they havent won in this derby since 2016. They sense this as their best chance to break their losing streak
But coach Polack is not concerned.
“I’m not worried about the derby. A good win would have given us confidence going into the match on Sunday but on the flipside, a loss is also a wakeup call – we have to go out there and show people who we are on Sunday,” Polack said to the Nation.
Polack will need to settle and re-energize a playing unit that appeats demoralized. The office will need to find ways to motivate the players as a third succesive loss could prove disastrous. A win in this derby is exactly what Kogalo needs at this point.
Sally Bolo unhappy with ticketing scheme
Chairman Ambrose Rachier announced earlier in the week that the club has abandoned e-ticketing.
“We have noticed a very big drop in revenue collection since we started using it. It is sad that we have never collected more than Sh1 million even in matches which are attended by our fans in numbers,” said Rachier.
“The system was good but its main disadvantage was in the verification process where the club lost a lot of money. Even in the normal matches we ended banking very little money compared to what we collected in the past,” he added.
Club Treasurer Sally Bolo however feels this is backward move. She however urges fans to get tickets in good time and turn out in large numbers to cheer the team.
“Everyone, even the local grocery shop is collecting revenue using digital means and I wonder why Gor Mahia, the biggest club in Kenya, would opt to go back to traditional means of selling tickets. We had tested the system and fans had already embraced it. We even launched a USSD code to ensure even those with fans that cannot access the internet would still purchase their tickets in a simplified process,” she lamented to the Nation.
“For instance the Soweto Derby in South Africa – the tickets are already sold out. We need to embrace change and work on improving our ticketing and the match day experience for the fans,” she added.
Tickets will go on sale on match day at the match venue outside gates 12 and 2, opposite Safari Park Hotel and Gomongo Police Station. This will be the 88th league meeting between the two rivals.