Gor Mahia will be playing their fourth game in a span of 10 days when they play guest to Posta Rangers at the Moi Stadium, Kisumu late Friday afternoon (Aug 10).
The reigning league champions and current log leaders have been playing every two days since the month began but this fixture will have greater significance if the results of this past Tuesday’s escapades down coast are anything to go by.
Kogalo lost their 22-match unbeaten run in the league away to Bandari FC who had the match in the bag by half time.
Although that result did little harm to Gor’s march for a record-extending 17th league title, it hit right where it hurts. Defeat is never taken lightly at Gor Mahia, at least not over the last three years or thereabouts.
Luckily, Dylan Kerr and his side have the opportunity to bring back the feel good factor to themselves and the fans just a couple of days later.
Until this season, Posta have been some sort of a banana skin for Gor Mahia, losing only one of their previous four meetings and not conceding more than a goal.
That has changed however this season. Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo’s men were embarrassed 5-0 when the two sides met in the first leg of their league encounter late June.
Just over two weeks ago, they were again beaten 3-1 by Kogalo in the Shield round of 16, making it 8 goals conceded in two matches against the title holders.
The alarm bells will be ringing once again for Posta in a Gor-friendly Kisumu. The mailmen have shipped in 8 goals in their last three league matches and a shut out here could prove too much of an ask for a side whose biggest weakness is perhaps in the goalkeeping department (there’s only so much a defence can do if you have Boniface Baraza behind you)
Not to say that the job will be easy for Gor Mahia, but it shouldn’t be so difficult especially after that unacceptable (they won’t admit it) result against Bandari.
Kerr is especially looking forward: “Whatever happened in Mombasa is now history. We are not thinking about past results, ours is to achieve the best in our next match against Posta Rangers – that’s where our focus are on,” he told the club’s website.
The Briton has a fully fit squad to play his cards with. Long term absentee Karim Nizigiyimana is already getting games under his belt, and so is his protagonist at right fullback Wellington Ochieng who also recovered after going through the knife.
His dugout counterpart Pamzo doesn’t lack numbers but does his side have the qualify to pull off a result and hit Kogalo where Bandari did?
Improbable, but not impossible.
A good win will be celebrated far and wide, a draw will be frowned upon, a defeat…
…a defeat is UNTHINKABLE. Or is it.
By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88 on Twitter)