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After a successful trip to Kisumu where they registered victories over Wazito and Nzoia Sugar in SportPesa Premier League matches, Gor Mahia shift their gears to the SportPesa Shield tournament where they face little-known Kenpoly FC in a second round encounter at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos today from 3.00 pm
Enroute to the stage, Gor breezed 5-1 past FKF National Division 1 League side Assad FC of Ukunda in a round of 64 match at Mbaraki Sport-ground in Mombasa on May 27.
Although book-makers do not expect Gor to have any problem navigating through to the next stage of the knock out competition, the team’s Chief Executive Officer Lordvick Aduda said they will treat the match with the seriousness it deserves, arguing that it will serve to gauge the team ahead of the upcoming CAF Confederations Cup assignment against Yanga of Tanzania.
“This is a tournament Gor are keen on and our aim remains the same – to play well and win matches. We want the team to be in the right frame of mind before meeting Yanga,” said Aduda.
During the match against Assad, Gor coach Dylan Kerr used a number of fringe players like Eliud Lukuwam and Lawrence Juma and who scored to prove that they are growing in stature and can only get better if they get more exposure.
But if Kerr opts for flamboyance and versatility, the best options are on-song Rwandese duo of Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge and of course Francis Kahata who is fast establishing himself as a match maker.
Fredrick Odhiambo who has been Boniface Oluoch’s understudy between Gor’s posts looks a probable starter and should be shielded by a defence line led by captain Haroun Shakava.
After the Shield match, Gor will be in Nakuru on Saturday to face Ulinzi Stars in league match.
In Chemelil coach Charles Odera has raised concerns over the mass exodus of players that the club is currently experiencing.
Odera said the club has lost its key players noting that such development is likely to interfere with their second leg finishing target.
“We shall be forced to go back to the drawing board and see what we can do, the exit of players have now presented a very tricky situation for us,” he said.
The beleaguered SportPesa Premier League (SPL) woes continued with the latest being youngster Farraj Odeny’s entry at Ruaraka side Tusker.