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K’Ogalo to renew old rivalry with Nzoia

About three decades ago, Gor Mahia carved a niche for themselves as a bogey side of Nzoia Sugar in the Kenya National Football League (KNFL) that is now known as the SportPesa Premier League.

Gor was a hard nut to crack for Nzoia both in Nairobi and Bungoma and since then, no squads of the sugar belt side have come anywhere into the cusp of breaking that jinx.

High-riding Gor will be out to extend the purple patch when they face Nzoia at Moi Stadium in Kisumu tomorrow in one of the six league matches that is lined up in the Eid-Ul-Fitr weekend.

Buoyed by their SportPesa Super Cup conquest coupled with a resounding 4-0 win over Wazito upon resumption of action in the domestic league, Gor will be out to protect their reputation as the only team yet to lose a match.

And given that they are still at the summit of the league with four matches at hand over their closest challengers in second placed Mathare United who tackle Vihiga United in Jericho today, it is safe to assume that the title is K’Ogalo’s to lose.

But although Gor have various options in attack including on-song Rwandese duo of Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge, they team should better watch out for KPL leading scorer Nzoia’s  Elvis Rupia who has been a nightmare to many defenders.

In the meantime, Nakumatt, 3-1 losers at the hands of Sony Sugar last weekend, will be hoping to rediscover their winning ways in a tricky fixture against Kakamega Homeboyz at Camp Toyoyo ground in Jericho tomorrow.

Since expatriate trainer Melis Medo joined Nakumatt a couple of weeks ago, he has saved the team’s dithering campaign and which has seen it make a great leap in evading relegation.

Medo, who has reinvented Nakumatt for a good measure, has various options in attack and suffice to say, Homeboyz have their work cut out in shielding goalkeeper Michael Wanyika from danger-man Boniface Mukhekhe who has by and large been touted as a national team material.

Last weekend, Ulinzi held Homeboyz to a 1-1 draw and this is not the kind of result coach Paul Nkata expected especially after the team had partaken of a challenging SportPesa Super Cup the previous week.

However, in terms of experience as compared to Nakumatt, Homeboyz takes it all and have the likes of Moses Mudavadi and Wycliff Opondo to inspire the team to victory.

Saturday at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, AFC Leopards who are basking in a shock 1-0 win over Sofapaka will be hoping to administer the same dose to Chemelil Sugar.

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