Gor Mahia are through to the round of 16 in the 2018 Sportpesa Shield. This after they hammered Kenpoly 5-0 at Kenyatta stadium Machakos. The Nairobi county side were no match for the marauding K’Ogalo side.
Ivorian Ephrem Guikan notched a hat-trick. Lawrence Juma added another and Kenpoly scored an own goal.
Coach Dylan Kerr lauded his side for staying focused and playing well despite the glut of fixtures.
The players’ belief is amazing; we have had a tough schedule in the season but they keep going day by day and showing great team spirit. The dedication has been amazing and we can only laud them,” he said said Kerr to futaa.com
Some may take teams like Kenpoly for granted. But in past years, Gor Mahia were eliminated by lower tier teams. And the players cited fatigue as the reason. Such was the case in 2014 when GFE 105 of Eldoret eliminated K’Ogalo. In 2015, Nakumatt, then a lower tier side, eliminated Gor Mahia. And in 2016, Gor Mahia were sunk by Nzoia Sugar which at the time was a lower tier team.
After dismissing SS Assad in the round of 32 match of the 2018 Shield, Gor Mahia will next play Kenpoly FC on Wednesday. The match will be played at Machakos.
Kenpoly are in the Nairobi County League where they are unbeaten. Though they are several tiers below the KPL, they are undaunted.
“We’ve informed the boys not to panic because Gor is above us by miles but we want to use the platform to learn. Through this match we will notice our weaknesses and get the idea on how to play our football,” said club chairman Geoffrey Matayoh to the Nation.
Coach Dylan Kerr for his part does not want his players to under-rate their opponents.
“We’ve to give our opponents utmost respect because it’s a massive scalp for them in a cup fixture so we’ve to be ready,” he said to the Nation.
Gor Mahia have won the domestic cup 10 times, which is more than any other team. Second are arch rivals AFC Leopards with 9 cups. However Gor Mahia’s last win was in 2012 when they beat Sofapaka 3-0 on penalties in the final.
No new signings yet?
Whereas arch rivals AFC have been very active in the transfer market, Gor Mahia have yet to make any significant signing. This comes as a surprise given the backlog of fixtures that Gor Mahia faces.
And it comes at a time when it has been announced that neither Karim Nizigiyimana nor Wellington Ochieng will return this season.
Ochieng is said to have recoevered phsyically as displayed by MRI scans. But he has not recovered psychologically. According to Jolawi Obondo, Ochieng returned to training but has been tentative and avoiding tackles.
“He needs time to recover physically and psychologically,”Obondo said to Citizen FM