Down under: Gor Mahia vs Ulinzi Stars

Gor Mahia and Ulinzi played a goalless draw yesterday in Kisumu in an interesting game. In the first half, Gor Mahia dominated the game by short crisp passes but Ulinzi were unrattled. Gor Mahia playing a crowded midfield were all over the stubborn Ulinzi but the packed defense play by Ulinzi was unpenetrable.

It was one team playing attacking football and the other playing defensive. Ulinzi played like real soldiers as the blocked all shots aimed at goal and to me they were like protecting a fort and thwarting any attack that came their way.

They built a wall in front of their goal. They played as their game plan and when they had the ball they played it long to bypass the dominating Gor midfield. This to me was a very interesting game.

Miheso can be a game-changer for K’Ogalo only if he stops staying long with the ball. He should emulate Kahata or Aucho if he masters the long pass instead of the short passes. He should be able to launch an attack with a single long pass like Khalid Aucho and Kahata did. He has to slow his pace and play a thinking game.

The foreign strikers are good for they have the pace but remember, few players can have both skill and speed. To me, they need to be trained to score team goals rather than individual goals.

Yikpe Gnamien is not at all economical with his runs. He has speed, strength but less skill and strategy. By being strategic I mean positioning himself in a strategic position where he can score goals with ease. Well trained, he can be one of the best strikers in the world for he has Drogba in him. Overall Ulinzi were clearly happy with the draw at the end of the game.

Otherwise, it was a good afternoon as I had the opportunity of meeting my long-time friend Philip Oyoo and Alfred Imonje of former MOTCOM from Kakamega.

James Goro Oronge

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