Despite Gor Mahia having already been declared SportPesa Premier League (SPL) champions, there is still a lot to play for, for all the teams with players vouching to up their game to be considered for national team selection ahead of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup to be held in Kenya from November 25.
Despite a few challenges for reaching selected match venues, nine midweek matches are lined up today and newly-crowned champions Gor may not have asked for a tricky fixture as they are up against relegation-threatened Western Stima in Kasarani.
Bandari FC were caught in the melee of post-election skirmishes in Kisumu on Monday ahead of their clash against Muhoroni Youth at the latter’s venue from 1pm today. Bandari were forced to seek refuge at Ahero Police Station moments after their bus was blocked by youth at the Kericho-Kisumu highway but after calm returned they proceeded with their journey.
Gor Deputy Secretary Ronald Ngala described the switching of the game from its original venue in Kisumu as a befitting reward to their impassioned and supportive fans in Nairobi.
He observed that since the second leg began, K’Ogalo has been playing in Kisumu and it was only in order that the team was reunited with their fans in Nairobi who equally gave them the much needed support towards winning the title.
“Just like Kisumu, our fans in Nairobi have been very loyal and supportive towards Gor and this gives them an opportunity to watch their beloved team in action. I wish to thank all those who supported the team to clinch the coveted KPL title,” said Ngala.
Heading to the match, Gor have little to play for and it is actually Stima who will be under pressure to win. In the meantime, In Narok, Sofapaka continues their push towards a second place finish when they face Mathare United in what is considered a battle of wits.
Mathare may be considered underdogs, but they may be happy to learn that Sofapaka’s lethal striker Umaru Kasumba will not be in the team after picking an injury during training which rules him out of action for at least three matches.
In the absence of Kasumba, Ezekiel Okare and Ali Feni will be shouldered with the task of scoring goals for Sofapaka while Mathare are expected to lean heavily on Chrispin Oduor and Cliff Nyakeya.