Gor Mahia’s march towards the 2017 Kenya Premier league continues this Saturday when they take on Mathare United. Gor Mahia now need only four points to win the league. And if Sofapaka and Homeboyz slip up again, then a win against Mathare could very well give them the title.
Mathare for their part are in 15th place and are desperately battling relegation. It is a dramatic change in fortunues for a team that won the Kenya Premier League in 2008. A team that penned one of the most lucrative sponsorship deals last year and was thus expected to challenge for the title. It is also a dramatic change in fortunes for coach Francis Kimanzi who as recently as 2012 was considered the best coach in Kenya.
Kimanzi and his team knows that Mathare cannot afford to slip up and must battle.
” It’s the big one this weekend. The lads are fired up for the Saturday clash against league leaders Gor Mahia. Interestingly, we are one of the three sides that have managed to beat K’Ogalo this season, the club exclaimed. Save for Wycliffe Kasaya and Roy Syamba, it’s a full house in training and the mood in camp is great ahead of the task ahead” said a post on the club’s social media pages.
The last encounter between these two sides was in April at Thika stadium. Mathare won 1-0. The goal was scored by Cliff Nyakeya, a former Gor Mahia youth player, assisted by Derrick Onyango, also a former Gor Mahia youth player. And this is another area where Mathare’s fortunes have changed. It is they who used to be a pipeline of talent with many former Mathare Youth players playing for clubs all over the country.
Dylan Kerr, the Gor Mahia coach, remains focused on winning all the remaining matches and he knows he will face a very determined side in Mathare United
“We all know, many teams aim at defeating us (Gor Mahia), and that makes it even harder for my players on the pitch. And with a few matches remaining, we have to stay focused, it is definitely going to be a tough assignment, and we are focused on giving our best and win.” he said to goal.com
On Thursday morning, Gor Mahia played a friendly against Ulinzi and won 4-2 with goals by Timothy Otieno, JB Mugiraneza, Mike Simiyu and Boniface Omondi. This according to team official Judith Nyangi.