Coincidences and happenstances are sticking out like a sore thumb as Nzoia Sugar host defending champions Gor Mahia in a rescheduled Kenyan Premier League encounter at Mumias Complex this evening.
The sugar millers inflicted Gor Mahia’s last league loss. That was Wednesday May 16th 2019 as K’Ogalo were preening towards coronation for their 18th league crown. Hansel Ochieng scored for Nzoia Sugar in the 34th minute and the millers fended any attempts by Gor mahia to get back in the game, coming out 1-0 victors.
Fast-forward 150 days and the two teams are meeting again on a Wednesday at the same venue in a rescheduled fixture. Gor Mahia are reeling following their humiliating elimination from the CAF Champions League last Sunday.
Spirits are also low among the players having not received their salaries for the last two months. Whether they have it in them to overcome such dire challenges to emerge, winners, today remains to be seen but the millers are purring with anticipation.
Coach Godfrey Oduor knows there Is not a better time to beat Gor Mahia and buoyed by their weekend victory over promoted Kisumu All Stars, Nzoia can dare to dream. “We have what it takes to beat any team and that is what we are going to try and do against Gor Mahia. We respect them as champions and a club with rich history but we are Nzoia and we have a mission in this division,” Oduor said
The millers have played three games, registering all the possible results in a football match. They outplayed moneybags Wazito in the opening fixture but conceded a late penalty to share spoils before shockingly falling at home to Sony Sugar. Their victory in Kisumu last weekend was their first in the league this season and they hope to double it in Mumias this evening.
K’Ogalo, on the other hand, could make wholesome changes to give players who participated in the Champions League a rest. The club could go top of the standings if they register a victory over Nzoia Sugar and Coach Steven Polack is optimistic of getting a result.
“We have to rise from the weekend loss and record good results in the league. I’m glad there is a bigger number to pick players from and I will those who can do the job for me regardless of if they played on Sunday or not,” Polack said
K’Ogalo have won two out of two and will go one point ahead of Western Stima who are currently leading on eight points. Despite losing their last fixture, Gor Mahia enjoy a better head to head record against Nzoia Sugar. They have won five of their previous six meetings.