•Gor Mahia set to face Thika-based FKF-PL newbies Bidco United in the semifinal of the Betway Cup on Saturday
•K'Ogalo coach Vaz Pinto says he will be keenly studying coach Anthony Akhulia to understand what makes his charges tick
•Gor beat K.Sharks 2-0 whereas Bidco edged past Nairobi City Stars 1-0
Gor Mahia tactician Vaz Pinto has warned his charges to be cautious about Football Kenya Federation Premier League newbies Bidco United when the two sides clash in Sunday's Betway Cup semifinal.
Pinto said Bidco have so far exhibited great mettle in the top-flight league and the domestic cup by pulling off major upsets against more fancied traditional giants.
“I'll definitely take some time to study them closely to see what exactly coach Anthony Akhulia has been doing extra. We definitely cannot underestimate the threat they pose on our way to the finals,” Pinto said.
K’Ogalo put up an abrasive challenge to fend off the marauding Kariobangi Sharks, pipping them 2-0 at Utalii Grounds on Wednesday.
On the other hand, the Thika-based newbies stunned pre-match favourites Nairobi City Stars 1-0 at Ruaraka Grounds.
David Orem's 21st minute goal was all it took to separate the sides.
At Utalii, Burkinabe Karim Abdoul drew first blood in the first half before Sydney Ochieng emerged from the bench to seal Shark's fate with a few minutes left to full time.
K’Ogalo custodian Gad Mathews was the toast of the day, throwing himself on the path of the ball to block skipper Geoffrey Lemu’s shot from the spot in the opening minutes of the second half.
Sharks coach William Muluya defended Lemu for missing the chance to bring his side back into the game while the score was still 1-0.
“Well, it happens. Lemu may have missed the penalty but we should also give Mathews the credit he deserves for denying him the goal,” Muluya said, adding that Sharks would now shift their focus to charging for the top tier title.