The biggest obstacle to Gor Mahia marching to a record 16th league title will most probably be complacency and overzealous fans who cost them valuable three points last season. With a dozen matches left, K’Ogalo are comfortably perched at the top of the SportPesa Premier League table and firmly within the sixty point mark.
Today, Dylan Kerr’s side will be in Kisumu to take on an unpredictable Chemelil Sugar side. Gor are unbeaten since the Scot took over and have enjoyed good results against the sugar millers.
Chemelil suffered a humiliating 4-1 loss to Sofapaka, the side likely to stop Gor from steam rolling to a record extending championship crown. They will be without goalkeeper John Wau, who was given his marching orders in the defeat to ‘Batoto Ba Mungu’ with Samuel Odhiambo likely to take up his spot.
Chemelil must plug their defence against the best attack in the division or suffer another embarrassing afternoon. Things are starting to click in the partnership of Rwandan duo — Medie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge — ably assisted by George Odhiambo.
The trio have accounted for more than three quarters of K’Ogalo’s goals and are expected to trouble Chemelil. Kerr will have to do without defender Haron Shakava, who has accumulated five yellow cards, necessitating an automatic one match suspension.
In his place, Joash Onyango is likely to come in. Recently recovered Ernest Wendo will walk back into the Gor midfield as will right back Karim Nzigiyimana. This afternoon’s match is one Chemelil dare not lose particularly if the teams below them get a positive results.
Even though the sugar millers are many places above the drop zone, the points difference is not insurmountable as they are just eight clear of Thika United, who occupy the second automatic relegation position. For Gor, three more points will not only demoralise the chasing pack but will take them one more step towards a fourth league title in five years.