Form counts for nothing when Gor Mahia meets arch rivals AFC Leopards on Sunday 9 May at the Nyayo National Stadium for Kenyan Premier League’s (KPL) most awaited fixture.
K’ogalo players will be tempted to drop Brazilian tactician Marcelo’s instructions to play Brazilian possession football. After all it has yielded fewer goals than expected. And that day there will be much more at stake than entertainment. Bragging rights are up for grabs. K’Ogalo players will go into attack mode blazing from all cylinders. Options are many. The foreign quartet of Jacques Tuyisenge, Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, Meddie Kagere and Karim Nzigiyimana may be unsheathed on a restless and cagey Leopard which is also drawing reasonable blood from opponents this season.
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The center pack has last year’s top player Kenneth Muguna with Innocent Wafula and Francis Kahata to provide cover in midfield. George Odhiambo BlackBerry is a big game player and may be deployed from the onset. If they don't crack Ingwe who will? Ingwe will be equally prepared with their new brand of attacking football using the flanks to build up into 4-4-2 diamond. Trust Ghanaian work horse Fiamenyo Gilbert to lead attack alongside Paul Kiongera. Muguna too will be expected to cover the center circle, distributing balls and providing blockbusters with Boniface Oluoch as the man between the woodwork.
Ingwe have options too and gaffer Stewart Hall is a Briton. Expect no surprises at all. Ian Otieno will start in goal covered by Robinson Kamura and Salim Abdallah as center backs. Assisting the zonal marking expect Joshua Mawira, Duncan Otieno and the evergreen Bernard Mangoli assisting Denis Sikhayi , Marcus Abwao and Whyvonne Isuza packing the mid.
Ghanaian work horse Fiamenyo Gilbert and Paul Kiongera will be assigned to provide artillery to complete the 4-42 diamond. Fiamenyo will deploy both brawn and brain while Kiongera will be restricted to the latter against the least leaky defence in the K.P.L boasting of Kenyan Internationals Musa Mohamed and Haroun Shakava, a defender who loves to surge forward and convert set pieces trusting Muguna for cover with Boniface Odhiambo standing between the woodwork at the opposite end.
Only a fool would place a bet on this tie .K'ogalo are dangerous but Ingwe are capable on calling the rainmakers of Bunyore to spoil any party.