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Gor Mahia and Kakamega Homeboyz, the remaining Kenyan sides in the SportPesa Super Cup, are confident of going past their Tanzanian opponents and reaching the final.
Defending champions Gor take on Singida United at 3pm after Homeboyz’s tie Tanzanian giants Simba (1pm) in today’s semi-final at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium and both sides believe they have enough to make it a second straight all-Kenyan final.
Singida surprisingly edged out AFC Leopards 4-2 on post- match penalties after a 0-0 draw in regulation time on Tuesday and Gor assistant coach Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno acknowledges it will not be a walk in the park.
“We know this match is going to be a bit difficult because we saw their game against Leopards. They have a very stable backline but we have the best attacking force in the country which we think will work to our advantage. We want goals to avoid going into penalty shout-outs,” said Zico.
“In our quarter-final match (against JKU from Zanzibar), we didn’t play six of our regular players and this time they will be ready including Jaques Tuyisenge who was out due to a knock,” added Otieno, whose side beat JKU 3-0.
However, Singida coach Hemed Moroco says his side are more than ready to take on Gor and are not worried by K’Ogalo’s pedigree.
“I am not going to be intimidated by our opponents’ success. We know them and how they play and I am sure we will beat them. From our match with Leopards, I have advised my team to close the deal within 90 minutes. We will come into this match twice as hard to secure a place in the finals,” said Morocco who recently took over.
Meanwhile, Kakamega coach Paul Nkata says the underdog tag is what will see them through against Simba.
Nkata said most teams under-estimate his side—who beat Tanzania’s Yanga 3-1 in the quarter-finals—but they will prove them wrong.
Homeboyz have in their ranks one of Kenya’s most lethal strikers Allan Wanga—who scored twice against Yanga—and will be counting on his experience to push them through.