Gor look to swing back to the top of KPL
Gor Mahia hopeful of maximum points as they take on Sofapaka in Kisumu
Reigning Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will move back to the top of the standings on Wednesday afternoon if they can conjure maximum points against Sofapaka at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.
K’Ogalo are placed second on the standings with 38 points, just one behind leaders Kakamega Homeboyz and with two matches in hand will open up a healthy gap with victory at their home turf in Kisumu.
Coach Steve Polack expects a tough duel against the 2009 champions and believes his side need to be at their best to keep them at bay.
“They are a very tough team but always anyone is tough when they play against us. We have our focus as a team and we are out to fight for the three points and move top of the table,” Polack opined.
The last time the two sides met in Kisumu, Gor won 2-0 to affirm their place as champions of the 2018/2019 season. Overall, Gor have won half of the 22 league meetings between the two sides with Sofapaka winning only three.
Gor have never lost to Sofapaka away from home while the last defeat K’Ogalo suffered at the hands of Batoto ba Mungu was in June 2017 in Meru.
Sofapaka boss John Baraza knows the hand of history might be against them but he says his charges have what it takes to pick three points.
“It is a tough game because Gor being the champions, they are always tough to play against. But we are ready for them and we have put out a good plan to try win,” stated the former Kenyan international.
Sofapaka have been blowing hot and cold this season and are lying ninth in the standings, 12 points adrift of Gor. Over the last five matches, Sofapaka have posted mixed results, winning two, drawing a similar number and losing one.
Gor have been in relatively better form, winning three, losing one and drawing another in their last five assignments.
Meanwhile, in the other midweek tie, 10th placed Mathare United will be away to Zoo Kericho who are struggling for form having lost four of their last five matches.