Assistant Coach Patrick Odhiambo will take charge of Gor Mahia’s final game of 2019 when he leads the charges to Narok stadium for a Kenyan Premier League tie against Posta Rangers.
Odhiambo has bid his time since joining K’Ogalo from Sony Sugar at the beginning of the season and finally got his chance to step into the big boots of leading the mighty Gor Mahia albeit temporarily until head coach Steven Polack returns from his festive break.
The tactician has his work cut out as he seeks to pull clear of eleven-time league winners Tusker who are breathing behind K’Ogalo’s neck in position two on the KPL table.
Tusker are on equal points (28) with Gor Mahia but a superior goal difference by the defending champions separates the two.
Victory for Gor Mahia will create a three-point buffer going into the new year and with two games to spare. K’Ogalo is also keen to shrug off Western Stima and Kakamega Homeboyz who are just one point shy and a good result in Narok will spur the charge needed to romp to a fourth consecutive title.
The affair between Gor Mahia and Posta Rangers has never been silky. The mail men always have a point to prove while coming up against K’Ogalo rendering their encounter very feisty.
Despite their spirited attempts to upstage Mahia, the record Kenyan champions have won four of their last five meetings. Their last encounter ended in one-all draw.
With Gor Mahia currently in turbulent financial times Rangers resolve to strike a body blow may have just strengthened making the Narok encounter a must watch.
Gor Mahia have most of the local players available for selection with defender Joash Onyango expected to start after sitting out the thrashing of Kisumu All Stars.
Nicholas Kipkirui will lead the attack hoping to continue a streak of goal scoring that started in Kisumu on December 22nd.