Leaky Defence in Focus as Kogalo Line Unbeaten Run against Sofapaka

Gor Mahia return to league action for the first time in over a month when they face Sofapaka in a midweek clash at the City Stadium today from 4pm.

Kogalo have not played a league match since wrapping up a third-consecutive title in a 1-0 defeat of Sony Sugar on September 19. Their schedule has been affected by international commitments by some of its players as well as cup competitions.

Top 8 adventures

Sofapaka have also played one league match a 1-1 stalemate against AFC Leopards mid last week. The two sides were both held to 2-2 draw by Sony Sugar and Tusker in their KPL Top 8 first leg semifinal matches.

Kogalo let slip a 2-0 lead against Tusker while Sofapaka fought from behind twice against Sony Sugar, defender Collins Shivachi netting a late equalizer.

Aucho, Shakava

Gor Mahia’s preparation for the match has been slightly dogged by contemptuous criticism on two of its players, midfielder Khalid Aucho and defender Harun Shakava, who unfortunately had to ‘answer haters’ using their social media handles after being hounded on a TV show.

The duo will hope they can keep their heads in the game when they face Sofapaka. Kogalo’s defence has leaked in 6 goals in 3 cup competitions, a dangerous run they will be hoping to put behind them as they face third-placed Sofapaka who have teams breathing down their neck.

Gor Mahia boss Frank Nuttall used winger Innocent Wafula in an unorthodox full-back position against Tusker but the youngster should return to a familiar territory should the likes of Godfrey Walusimbi be passed fit to start.

Harambee Stars international Boniface Oluoch will most likely return in goal in place of Jerim Onyango who had an astounding game against Tusker as part of changes in the defence, while Ali Abondo will hope he will be rewarded for his three goals in his last three games.

Stopped Kogalo from scoring

Batoto ba Mungu are winless in their last 6 league games but they are distinctively among only three teams to have stopped Gor Mahia from scoring in the league this season – Ulinzi and Western Stima the other two, their first leg clash ending 0-0.

David Ouma’s side won this corresponding fixture 3-2 last season to end a three-game losing run against the record league champions who will put their unbeaten run on the line once again.

The match kicks off at 4pm with terrace tickets trading for Kshs. 200, and Kshs. 500 for VIP.

The other league match today will see Sony Sugar face Tusker FC at Awendo.

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