Gor Mahia entering a difficult stretch

A penalty from Tuyisenge sunk Tusker last time

Gor Mahia’s are about to start a difficult stretch in the 2017 Kenya Premier League. Whereas the first part of their schedule involved playing two newly promoted sides, they will now go through a stretch where they will play seven title contenders in succession. It starts this weekend with a match against defending champions Tusker.

Though Tusker have started the season poorly, if there is anything that will make their players focus, it is a match against Gor Mahia. Which means Kogalo will need to be at their sharpest as they play Tusker whom they beat earlier this year in the Supercup.

“It’s going to be a very difficult match, they are a strong team that is not in a good position currently to reflect their status as champions, but we are preparing well to make sure we get maximum points” skipper Musa Mohamed told Citizen Sports.

Tusker coach George Nsimbe is confident that the players who were demoralized due to shabby treatment by club management, have put their problems aside and are ready to put their best foot forward.

“We have to handle Gor Mahia like the table leaders that they are. That doesn’t mean that we fear them, it means that we handle them with a little more seriousness. My players are motivated and eager for the match. Everybody has been training very hard for the game because they know they will be facing a very strong team with massive support. This is not new to the boys.” ” Nsimbe said to the official league portal.

Tusker’s poor start which saw them eliminated by a lowly Indian ocean side from the CAF champions league, has been attributed to the fact that the players felt they were not adequately rewarded for winning the Kenya Premier League in 2017.

Gor Mahia’s next four matches are as follows:

Date Teams
Sat 22-04-17 Gor Mahia vs Tusker
Wed 26-04-17 Bandari FC vs Gor Mahia
Sun 30-04-17 Gor Mahia vs Mathare United
Sun 07-05-17 AFC Leopards vs Gor Mahia

Following this stretch, they will play Posta Rangers who are currently second placed, Nzoia United which is the best of the newly promoted teams then Ulinzi Stars.

Musa Mohamed is confident that with Ze Maria and the players available, Gor Mahia will pass these tests with flying colours.“He has the experience to deliver all the titles that we need this season we have targets set for and game by game we are working towards achieving them. “The squad has enough experience and good competition in every position to deliver a treble and Iam sure we can achieve that,” he continued.

Sandro Fantoni Banned for 3 matches

Gor Mahia trainer Sandro Fantoni will serve a three-match touchline ban and be forced to pay a Sh100,000 fine. The Italian trainer has also been warned on his future conduct by the IDCC after being found guilty of provoking a Muhoroni Youth club official, and engaging with a fight with GMT Ottieno, who is a former referee and official of the Kenyan Premier League.

KPL are cracking the whip on unsportsmanlike conduct. Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi will serve a one month touchline ban and was also fined Sh50,000 by KPL’s Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee after he was found guilty of failing or refusing to leave the technical area as ordered by the referee during a league match pitting his club against Sofapaka FC at the Nyayo National Stadium last November.

AFC Leopards have also been fined Sh150,000 for failing to control its fans in a game against Kakamega Homeboyz. Leopards have also been ordered to pay a fan who was injured in the ensuing confrontation of Sh27,000 as a refund for medical expenses incurred and “pain and suffering”.

All this means Gor Mahia fans and officials will need to watch their step.

10 thoughts on “Gor Mahia entering a difficult stretch

  • April 21, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Go for goals and nothing else. No time for entertaining soccer and numerous back passes,attack, attack, attack. Lose the ball and defend,defend,defend.We have a big mountain to climb in the next five matches.May God help us surmount the mountainous task ahead.

  • April 21, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Last i blogged abt lack of goals and sharpness in front of goal undertones were directed at me.I will Never shy from mentioning I and musymo have been attacked incessantly for always pointing trends and eventually they occur exactly as predicted.How many are enjoying DStv live KPL matches anymore?There should be no sacred players in Gor esp not those paid the highest salaries and yet fail to deliver. Timothy was tried and is now being benched.I reprimanded Karim all of last season for mediocre performance yet he is my very close friend whom we hangout with very frequently.He finally improved and here we are.On the same note, pointing out that Kagere is a better out and out striker which he proves daily by scoring whenever he comes from the bench while tuyisenge struggles squandering chance after chance for 90 mins is not a crime.We just needs goals and wins and if he delivers them we will praise him to high heaven and if not others must be given a chance like Jeconiah Uyoga and blackberry.After all they are GMFC players too and # Wangoremawahero

    • April 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Hehehe…Jasego, the 4 million problem that nobody wants to talk about. He cant be playing day in day out and not scoring. Twice this season he has received the ball ahead of opposing defenders and instead of charging into the box either to shoot or get tagged back for a penalty, he turned back in field looking to pass!!! Top striker indeed. I dont want to criticize him too much as it is still early days but he must man up. I made a prediction at the beginning of the season that if at 10 matches he wont have scored 5 goals he needs to be benched. Christmas came early. Finally, if you were at Kisumu last weekend, i want to ask if you saw that every time we had the ball, the terraces were shouting…mbele, mbele, mbele….If you did, what is your take??

      • April 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm

        I was there owadwa and heard and witnessed very clearly the incessant clarion call by fans for players to move the ball forward not horizontally or back passes.Actually they were shouting tunataka mabao not passing.My take is that brilliant fotball display is just an epitome for the climax which should be well worked combination play goals otherwise all that build up becomes of No Use.Soon we will start missing Nuttall and his direct overwhelming approach that made us terrify opposing defenses and cheer goals galore ever so often

  • April 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    First I think its the other teams who will have to fight and some will use all tactics like coach ken Kenyatta once did. Kagere is a top striker and if the coach gets him a suitable partner then we are done.
    We sofaset branch Tanzania are in pain.Can FKF please find an alternative to DSTV.

  • April 21, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    If Kogalo can collect 5 wins in the next 7 matches (which is very difficult), they will have a significant lead. It is especially important to beat the teams that are breathing down the neck.

  • April 21, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Why do almost all journalists including Mr Admin always call Mathare title contenders?. Someone explain to me like i am a small child!!

    • April 21, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Mathare are perennial under achievers at best not title contenders

  • April 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

    So hooliganism is not tied to Gor Mahia alone?
    Kimanzi, Ingwe…the list grows everyday. As for the Garissa branch, we no longer have reason to reactivate our DsTv subscriptions because the matches don’t matter to FKF.
    Please let our 4m problem warm the bench until he learns to shoot the ball towards the net. No need for spoonfeeding adults, this is Gor Mahia and results are mandatory.
    Tusker lacks the motivation to defend their title since they were dismally rewarded for their hard work last season. Let our players take advantage of this low moral regime and exploit it by a 3-0 margin.

  • April 22, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    So far so good. Put more effort for superb results


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