There can be few complaints about Gor Mahia’s season run so far. Apart from losing the Top 8 title to their next opponents and league defending champions Tusker Fc, they currently sit at the top of the premier league standings and are yet to lose a match under Scottish Coach Bobby Williamson.
Gor Mahia have only lost twice this season. They have won all their three matches since Coach Williamson arrived to record four straight wins, extending their unbeaten run to seven matches.
However, the next match will provide a proper perspective on their achievement so far. It is nowhere near decisive of course, but the trip to Tusker Fc on Wednesday night will at least determine the immediate aspirations of the Gor Mahia supporters for the season homestretch.
Gor Mahia’s early optimism has been based upon two facets – the alacrity with which the new signings have adjusted and a new-found defensive solidity. The former can bear more scrutiny but the latter clearly has caught the eye; eight goals conceded and second only to Ulinzi Stars who have let in just seven.
Gor Mahia goes into the match seeking to expand their lead at the top to 10 points and probably leave the gap between them and the defending league champions yawning at 14 points.
Tusker have not had as good a run this season as everyone would have anticipated, but the Brewers should offer a tough test to Gor Mahia’s title challenge. In truth, Coach Matano’s men have been patchy this season, but Williamson is looking forward to stopping K’Ogalo’s bubble from bursting.
“We are looking forward to it as any other game we have been through and the twelve more that will come after Wednesday. All we will do is try to get a result and hope everything plays out well,” Said the Scottish tactician.
“I expect them to be focused and play well; let’s not have any speculation on the weakness or strength of them. Let’s focus on us to be at our best. If we are at our best I think we have a great chance to get a good result there”.
Midfielder Erick Ochieng is yet to fully recover from a hamstring injury that saw him limp off the match against Karuturi sports last weekend and his absence could see the return of Antony Akumu to the starting role.
Strikers Danny Sserenkuma and Rama Salim will also miss the clash since they are both away on trials.
“Ochieng is yet to recover from his hamstring injury and will definitely miss out. Rama Salim and Danny Sserenkuma are also away on trials but we have not much worry. Apart from a few knocks at the training which the players should be able to shake off before Wednesday”, confirmed Coach Williamson.
It’s the beginning of the title race and this game can have a big influence on the belief of both teams. Whoever has the upper hand has a psychological advantage too and on that front it’s going to be a very exciting game.