Kenyatta stadium in Machakos County hosts a hotly billed Kenyan Premier League fixture between reigning champions Gor Mahia and a stubborn one-time league winners Mathare United on Wednesday afternoon.
This meeting is usually feisty with goals raining and emotions pouring as both teams duel for bragging rights. It has been so closely contested in recent years that Mathare United are almost assuming that ‘bogey’ tag over K’Ogalo.
A total of twenty goals have been scored in Gor Mahia’s last eight meetings with Mathare United with the former claiming eleven.
K’Ogalo’s last victory over Mathare United dates back to October 2016 when Francis Kahata and Jacques Tuyisenge combined to put Gor Mahia two goals up before Chris Ochieng pulled one back for Mathare United. Mathare have since beaten K’Ogalo twice while the two sides’ last four meetings have ended in draws.
Wednesday’s meeting is their first in the current FIFA compliant calendar with Gor Mahia exhausted from Sunday’s away Confederation Cup fixture in DR Congo and facing financial instability.
But both teams are unbeaten in the league and their clash should make for another interesting episode of contest. Gor Mahia have played six and won all their matches. They sit just one point shy of log leaders Tusker who have played three more games.
Victory for K’Ogalo will send the eighteen-time champions two points clear at the top with two games remaining at hand. Mathare on the other hand have played seven games, two more than Gor Mahia and trail the defending champions by four points.
They sit 9th on the log having drawn most of their fixtures (five) and only winning over Kisumu All Stars and Ulinzi Stars. They always have a point to prove against Gor Mahia and Wednesday represents another chance to increase their measly tally of wins in the league to three.
Mathare made an incredible comeback in the last fixture, clawing back two goals in the second half to secure a two-all draw having chased shadows most of the game. The script has been the same in three other draws in this fixture as the slum boys reeled in on K’Ogalo to claim a point.
K’Ogalo require momentum ahead of the derby next weekend and how fancy would they attain it than by ending the three-year winless streak over Mathare?