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Sofapaka up next for tired K’Ogalo

Gor Mahia’s stellar performance during their barren draw with Algerian outfit USM Algers in a CAF Confederation Cup match in Nairobi on Wednesday is deservedly the talk of town.

However, the flip side is that despite winning league matches, K’Ogalo rearguard has been leaking and this is a spell they would wish to cast away when they face Sofapaka in the league front at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos tomorrow.

Last week, Gor humbled Kakamega Homeboyz 3-2 at Mumias Complex although the Green Army was heavily criticised for conceding lousy goals.

The meeting between Gor and Sofapaka is easily the weekend’s highlight that marked by nine matches with the former rubbing their hands with glee as they welcome talismanic Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere who missed the USM Alger assignment due to suspension.

Sofapaka interim coach John Baraza has laid bare their intentions of deflating the egos of Gor in as much as the reigning Kenyan Premier League champions are considered firm favourites in the match.

“For a good measure, Gor has played beautiful football this season but that does not mean they are unbeatable. If we can put our act together as Batoto Ba Mungu, we should pluck maximum points,” observed Baraza.

Meanwhile, Nzoia Sugar have every reason to believe that they will add their nemesis Chemelil Sugar into their list of casualties when the two teams face off at Sudi Stadium in Bungoma today.

Last week, Nzoia dealt a blow to Posta Rangers’s quest of an upsurge in the league in a 2-1 win over the mailmen at Camp Toyoyo ground with the team’s trainer Bernard Mwalala sounding war drums ahead of this weekend’s fixture.

“Nzoia is placed in the seventh position in the chart and someone may be compelled to say that winning the league title for the team is overly ambitious and insane. But get me right, we are determined to astound naysers going forward,” said Mwalala.

Meanwhile, Kariobangi Sharks midfielder Patillah Omotto, will miss his team’s encounter against Zoo Kericho in Kericho tomorrow as a result of accumulation of yellow cards.

Omotto, a crucial component of the team’s backbone, received his fifth booking of the campaign in Shark’s last game against Tusker and will subsequently miss the away trip.

Although it is blow to the team, Sharks’ Head Coach William Muluya has a plethora of players to choose from among them Shaphan Oyugi, Sven Yidah, Christopher Kimathi and national team under-20 member Vincent Wasambo.

The 2-1 win against Tusker was Sharks’ first in eight games and they will be angling to replicate the feat against a Zoo side that claimed four points against them last season.

Sharks are currently eighth on the standings with 20 points while Zoo are five points behind in 15th place.        

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