K’Ogalo and Sofapaka renew FKF Cup rivalry

K’Ogalo and Sofapaka renew FKF Cup rivalry

K’Ogalo and Sofapaka renew FKF Cup rivalry

Logarusic feeding instructions to Pablo

Last year, Edwin Lavatsa’s strike in the second half at the City Stadium earned Gor Mahia their only title of the season; the FKF Cup, then known as FKL Cup. The two meet again this time at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Gor Mahia already have one title in the bag after winning the KPL Top 8 Cup while Sofapaka who finished 4th in the league and were knocked out of the Top 8 tournament by Sony Sugar are seeking their only trophy of the season.

The match is not only important because of the trophy to be lifted at the end of the match but also because the winner will get the prestigious chance of playing in the CAF confederations Cup. In 2010, Sofapaka flew the flag of the country high going past the first three stages but failed just one stage to the group phase.

Last year, Gor Mahia was not lucky in their continental attempt losing out to Ferroviario de Maputo of Mozambique in the first round. They lost 4-0 on aggregate; 3-0 away in Maputo and 1-0 in Nairobi.

The match will be one of the most interesting matches to watch as both teams are very good ball players with technically apt coaches. Zdravko Logarusic has revolutionized Gor’s style of play, being much of a possessive minded coach with counter attacking football as his secret weapon.

David Ouma, one of the chief trainers of Coaches at the Mathare Youth Association is another coach with a huge wealth of technical ability. Half of the coaches in the league have passed through his hands and his ability was first seen when he handled Rangers FC last season helping them to a 7th place finish.

The last time these two sides met in a competitive match was on 13th August this year and the match ended in a barren draw with Sofapaka keeper Duncan Ochieng having a man of the match performance.

Sofapaka’s strengths lie in their collective team effort and a no nonsense defense. The combination of Felly Mulumba, Eugene Asike, James Situma and Abdallah Juma has proved to be solid, especially in the last three matches that they have played together.

The only weak link in that defense might be Abdallah Juma who loves playing more offensive and sometimes leaves space behind him when overlapping. However, he counters that weakness with his undoubted strength in dead ball situations.

Gor Mahia on the other hand love playing collective football and sometimes it is hard differentiating which department particular players play. The unsung hero at K’Ogalo is Teddy AKumu. The youngstar has been in a class of his own for the whole of this season and has been one of the pillars of Gor Mahia’s great performance.

Teddy is confident with the ball, uses his body well and plays more with his brain than his legs. However, he will have to do with another equally intelligent player against him. Sofapaka’s Humphrey Mieno is another talented midfielder who has dropped back to his preferred position after playing much of the season as a second striker. Mieno proved that he could still marshall the midfield when they played Tusker last weekend in the Semi finals.

Chris Wekesa is back at Gor Mahia’s left back position after missing last weekend’s 2-1 win against AFC Leopards. Gor’s soft underbelly could be in their central defense with Donald Mosoti always unpredictable. John Baraza, being the opportunistic striker he is, can always sneak between the two central defenders and produce something from nothing.

Gor’s full backs are strong areas with Wekesa manning the left and the speedy David Owino taking care of matters on the right. Wekesa will be up against Antony Muki Kimani while Owino is expected to take care of the speedy Herritier Luvualu.

Danni Sserunkuma and Rama Salim is a partnership that can never be overlooked. The two have been in sizzling form for K’Ogalo with Rama scoring 11 times for Gor in the whole season and Sserunkuma netting 12 goals for K’Ogalo since June. Eugene Asike and Felly Mulumba need keep their concentration at the highest level especially on counter attacks.

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